Monday, 28 September 2009

My second treat last week

My other treat last week, and the main reason for my visit to Cambridge, was to catch the ERTF exhibition in Jesus Lane before it finished at the weekend.    So so glad I did.   There was a lovely welcome from the duty curators, who were helpful and friendly, but not overwhelming.   The textiles work was expertly displayed, plenty of room to stand back and admire from a distance.     And so much to admire.    My emotions swooped up and down - one minute borne up on the wings of  inspiration;  the next plummeting down into despondency at ever achieving anything half so good in my own work.    I was very taken with the textile sculptures, and was thrilled to bits to see a couple of pieces, which I have often pored over in one of my favourite books by Janet Edmonds  'three-dimensional EMBROIDERY'.  

But, of course, the biggest treat was seeing 'in the flesh' (literally!) Gina Ferrari's piece called Birth of Woman, illustrating her emergence from her roles as wife and mother, to be a woman in her own right.  The feminine curves of this Venus were expertly padded and shaded and it was a truly beautiful 'emergence' from the flat and rather ghostly background of the newspaper cuttings.   I wish you could have seen it!

So now off to finish packing for our little jaunt this week - dipping our toes in the Mediterranean.   No chance of me emerging from the waves looking like this Venus!


Pomona said...

Have a good trip!

Pomona x

AeFondKis said...

Chrissie have a lovely time dipping in the Med!
Remember to take your felt bikini and felt sunglasses! so that you can emerge from the sea
like a Scottish Venus!
Linda x

Gina said...

Gosh! Thank you Chrissie. I hope you have a wonderful trip.

florcita said...

Sounds so interesting. Both pictures show beautiful works.... lucky you!

JuliaB said...

Lucky thing to see Gina's lovely Venus!! x

Anonymous said...

Glad you enjoyed the exhibition. Have a great time in the Med Chrissie. The girls and I will have a jolly old time while you're gone.


I so wish I could visit

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Chrissy. What lovely art. Thanks for sharing. Hugs Judy