Starting with a trip to London, I stayed at a hotel near the British Museum and spent a couple of days wandering alone around galleries and shops in Covent Garden with no plan and no-one else's agenda but my own.
I did take a trip a bit further afield to Cabbages & Roses where I bought some sweet floral fabric which will be perfect for making a bed set for the main bedroom at Ty Cariad. But the bulk of my time was spent wandering aimlessly around galleries with bouts of drinking Belgian chocolate whilst listening to classical buskers at the market.
Then I was off to Berkshire to spend a night with Toby's sister Julia (always a pleasure) then on to another weekend workshop on experimental digital print-making at South Hill Arts Centre with Janet Curley Cannon.
This digital image of lichen was printed onto carrot paper that I'd collaged with burnt tissue.
And this is a digital image of hogweed printed onto an old pillowcase that I'd previously dyed and printed with plantstuff (wrapped with leaves and flung in the alkanet dye jar). This was a tricky one to get through the printer due to the decorative seams of the pillowcase.
Then I went with Toby and Dandy Doggins to Ty Cariad and we had guests up to stay with us for the first time since it's been finished. We had a party on the weekend (for my birthday) and the weather was glorious so we got plenty of fresh air, relaxing in the garden, walking in the Hafod ............
So looking ahead, I'm off again to Wonderwool tomorrow in Builth Wells (yip yip!) for a weekend of fibre lust and yarn inspiration.........or pornography for knitters!) and on to Ty Cariad for a few days for some art making.
I'm also planning a weekend workshop in May in Kirkcudbright (Scotland) in the studio of one of the my favourite textile artists Maggie Ayres.
I can't say too much about it yet, but I've been meeting up with a group of artists in Cardiff and we're planning to rent the upper gallery space in the Oriel Washington Gallery (Penarth) for an exhibition in August. I've been ordering materials for a new series of works I'm planning for this event; more on this soon!
And that's about it for now............a happy Spring season to you all!