That time of year came round again, when I emptied the boot of my car to maximise space, and took myself off to one of my favourite festivals...............that is Wonderwool Wales!
I mean look at this heap of gorgeousness! I simply can't understand how anyone could possibly fail to have a fluttering heart at the sight of so much loveliness under one enormous roof. Alas my daughter starts to glaze over when I talk about it, so I have to post it here if I want to share!
Wonderwool is just chock full of stalls run by fibre traders around the country. From hemp products to sewing, embroidery, spinning, weaving and dyeing notions and tools.......and a host of fabulous skeins of wool, silk, cotton, linen and alpaca.
I met this rather impressive beast in one of the stalls. I had no idea how small alpacas were, though I've long appreciated the amazing softness of their wool. They're like long-necked goats and stand at around the same height as me (um that's short by the way).
I'm not sure what gender this splendid animal is, but s/he came right up close to me and stared right into my soul; sighing and making barely audible groaning noises. I think s/he was saying 'you look like you'd make a great alpaca breeder; take me out of here and feed me daisy sandwiches and lemonade for the rest of my days'. I think I may have to sell up and buy a field somewhere!
An artist acquaintance of mine (Sean Donovan) invited me to collaborate with him and three other artists in an exhibiting collective here. We met up a few weeks ago, and since then we've decided on a name, booked space to exhibit as a group at the Oriel Washington Gallery in Penarth and I've made us a website. So without further ado, put your hands together and give a big welcome to Cardiff Arts Collective!
Wish us luck! ;-)