We had a great day on Saturday 26th June in Highgate. A beautiful old-fashioned church hall just off the Archway Road, round the corner from the new Selvedge shop. The heat rose rapidy form 9am and by the time the doors opened at 11 it was truly sweltering. Queues were 200 people strong down the road; all in honour of this rather special and unique event. There were 25 of us showing our hand-made, crafted and varied work all showing a love of fine textiles.
I had a lovely corner pitch (near the open doors and below the delights of the stage which had been beautifully transformed into a tea room). This meant we had some fresh air coming through. My neighbour was Julie Arkell, who’s work is rather mesmerising in it’s seeming simplicity; which draws you in. The details and the beauty emerges and layers onto the initial charm of the work.
We had a great show. I had a friend from Milan who came over for the weekend and to help. I struggled to explain the show; it’s such a British type of event: the aesthetic the level of work. Not ‘designer’ nor old-fashioned artisan but some of that and something else that touches on art. This hobbyist passion for textiles seems to exist strongly in the UK and the US, and I would say also Northern Europe but having lived in Italy for many years I found myself struggling to translate; to find the words. As usual with translation, you can’t find exact words when the concept doesn't exist.
As well as being next to Julie Arkell , my
spot was just below the stage. The stage had been transformed into a tea-room
and styled by some nice folks called Vintage Party who also put the lovely
children’s clothes in wee boths behind my stand.
I met a wonderful new bunch of people who loved and bought from my work. I felt like I was in a very sympathetic community of people who didn’t need me to explain; they could see what my work was all about and seemed to appreciate it. This kind of experience is what makes it all worth doing.
Unfortunately, it was heaving so the early-birds found it quite hard to get round the hall. I think it was a victim of its own success so I expect to see more shows in the future.
As well as the wonderful pieces by Julie, I loved work by Charlotte Macey. I do hope they'll do it again.