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Dorothy Rowe

Wednesday 3 October 2012

A Wednesday Wander.

I've been meaning to get to one of the exhibitions at the Crafts Study Centre in Farnham for at least three years, and their current exhibition by Ismini Samanidou ever since it started in September.

Today, just a couple of days before  the exhibition ended, we made it. It's a small space, so a small exhibition, but well worth the visit, both for a weaver-wannabe like me, and for someone with a general interest in art, like Wensleydale. The work, delicate both in structure and colour, is inspired by the environment - skies, crumbling paint, etc. - and by traditional Greek embroidery. 

The exhibition includes both photos of the objects which inspired the work, and details of design development, which I found especially fascinating. Unfortunately there were few labels and the promised information sheets were not in evidence, so although the design ideas were clear, this non-expert would have liked a lot more information about technique. I don't aspire to a 'digital jacquard loom' but some of the small, sampler-like pieces looked to me as if they had been made on something much simpler  - it would have been nice to know.  It would also have been nice to know which was warp and which weft in some pieces  - perhaps obvious to experts, but not to me! But a minor quibble, and I have bought the exhibition booklet, so maybe that will answer some of my questions.

No cafe at the gallery, but we found a Starbuck's, which we never go in normally, so that was quite exciting <g>. I wonder if the guy who disappeared into the loo 10 minutes before we left, and never re-emerged, has come out to reclaim his laptop yet?

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