Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Seasick Steve, Gilbert and George and some yarnbombing

 Hello peeps, well I am back from a week in that there Devon.  
The weather was not as good as the previous weeks but we managed to dodge most of the showers and on those days when the weather was not too great we managed to visit quite a few exhibitions and museums.  

We even managed to get to the RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum) in Exeter which is free and also has a great cafe.  The museum was recently refitted and boy does it show-I recommend it if you are in the area.  Also, they had a temporary exhibition by the contemporary artists Gilbert and George-no photos but if you search on the net be warned that a lot of their work is a tad explicit-great to see such contemporary artists outside of london and for free!

Some photos I did take of the week though included some yarn bombing in Lyme Regis

 Some new graffiti here too

 We also visited Hannahs near Newton Abbot.  It  is a sustainable social enterprise that promotes learning, experience and adventure and specialises in enpowering people with a range of disabilities and their families.  They are in 90 acres of Devon countryside and have a therapy centre, art studios, fabulous bistro, rooms, gardens and music practice rooms and recording to name just a few things!  I love this place and always visit the small independent workshops that artists can rent out to sell to the public and run courses-so anything you purchase from these artisans go towards also supporting the great work at Hannahs.

The exhibition I went to see was "The Curious World of Becky Adams".  She had some amazing 3D stitched pieces...this was the only photo I was allowed to take:

 The jacket is stitched from book covers!

We also went to Bovey Tracey to the Crafts Guild to see an amazing paper exhibition.

These were all hand cut and this one stood several feet tall!!

We also visited the Thelma Hulbert gallery in Honiton and was lucky enough to see the preview for an auction of art they were holding in aid of Dementia week.

All this art was free!!  It just goes to show what you can do with a bit of research (and a little luck!).

To top it all we popped into a music shop (hubby is in a punk band so is always on the look out for kit) and Seasick Steve (the American blues musician) was sat in there trying out a guitar!!  I couldn't believe my eyes!!  Of course, being reserved British we all left him alone to try out the guitars!

A great week off.

Happy crafting

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