It's been a while since my last newsletter, and I promise this won't be too long despite all that's happened in the past few months.
First of all, in April I went on a fabulous trip to Nepal to discover just a little about Nepalese textiles. As self-appointed photographer for the group, I had a blast. Two weeks of colour, texture, excitement....it really was the most exhilarating experience.
For just a taste of what it was like, have a look at my blog: Part 1 and Part 2.
If you are interested in learning more about Nepalese Textiles, you are invited to an event run by Karen Haggis (who organised the trip) and myself on September 30from 3 - 6pm at St Margaret's House in the Drawing Room on the 3rd floor, see below:
Not only will you hear about the textiles, see my photos and have a lovely afternoon, but you can also talk to Karen about her next Textile Adventure Nepal, which is from 29 March - 13 April 2018.
Hard on the heels of the Nepal experience (or so it seemed to me as I was so much involved in the organisation of this event), came the first Latvia Alpaca Adventure held in June.
Jo and Ian Storie hosted this week of activities in Riga and on their Alpaca farm near the village of Ergli. Again, too much to tell in a newsletter but plenty of coverage on my blog here.
We are now already planning for the next adventure. This is a small group (just 4 participants) so if you are interested in taking part next June, please get in touch with me or Jo Storie for more details.
But what about my own practice?
I have been working hard on a new style of felt work, drawing on my travels, my love of colour and the work of those who inspire me. I also wanted to revisit early pieces from a fresh perspective.
Ideas need time to percolate but, after a slightly underwhelming exhibition earlier in the year, I really needed to work on something that excited me. I am very lucky to be exhibiting with the The White Fox Gallery, recently moved into the heart of Coldstream. Virginie Renard, the owner, encouraged me to try some new wall art.
I am delighted to say that she is now exhibiting 4 new pieces that are already generating interest.
Last but by no means least.
Edinburgh Palette's Open Doors Weekend 21 & 22 October at St Margaret's House.This will be the first time I have opened the doors of my new studio to the public. I am now located on the 3rd floor at the end of the library. I am pretty easy to find as there is a large blue sign on the wall outside the studio proclaiming Heather Potten Feltmaker.
Come along and see some of my latest work, not to mention all the other incredible artists at St Margaret's House. It promises to be a lovely weekend and I'd love to see you.
For all my latest news, please keep checking my website and Facebook page. And, of course, I am always interested in running workshops, so get in touch if you fancy one!
Look forward to hearing from you.