Hello blogland!! I'm back from a very hectic first week back to school after the relaxing and thoroughly enjoyable half term holidays. We went to Saltaire, near leeds, which of course is where E is at University.
What a beautiful place it is too.
I have wanted to go here for some time, as I have heard so many wonderful things about Salt's Mill and the history of the area, so it was great to be able to go with all of my little family. E got the train in Leeds and met us at Shipley station, before we walked along the canal towards Saltaire. It was beautifully autumnal and quiet.
Fabulous barges, house boats and lots and lots of ducks!!!
Lots of strolling, running and dog walking going on and it was lovely to greet and acknowledge people going about their business.
There is also a lovely art work trail; we saw two of them on the route we had taken.
In the mill itself it was fabulous to see the permanent Hockney exhibition, the amazing array of books in the bookshop and the textile exhibition current in residence. I browsed through all of the lovely books.
It is such a beautiful place.
There was a textile Exhibition running and it was fantastic - so much talent, interpretation and beautiful work. It took me right back to my textile student roots and made me feel all emotional and warm to look at them and think about the qualities in the variety of work. Just beautiful. Cloth and memory 2, you can check out the webiste for this here.
The mill has an amazing roof structure that provided the most fabulous backdrop for these installation pieces.
These next pictures were my absolute complete and utter favourite - they brought tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. Totally beautiful. They are by Jeanette Appleton her website is here. The description read...
"A highly experienced artist, her response for Cloth & Memory will use the 'silencing' context of felt as a metaphor for the absorption of sound and memory. Intimate works based on the original ledgers and sample books are placed in the wall cavities originally used by workers to store bobbins."
A spectrum of colours.
The idea that all of the muttering, conversation and productive noise that occured when the women were spinning the cloth and winding the threads on their bobbins really resonated with me. I loved the idea of them being silent recorders in the gap where the bobbins should be. Evoking many ideas and thoughts of working conditins, hours worked and expecations unsaid.
You can tell I loved it can't you! Well I did.
We lunched in Salt's Diner, which was InCrEdIbLy busy but I had a gorgeous chestnut and butternut squash rissotto. J, J and E all had soup and a sandwich (but no gluten free food so I plumped for rice). Coffee was very good, and then we went to see the Hockney's. WOW!! Loved The Rake's Progress prints - so much we bought one.
Loved the humour of this, and the referrence to Hogarths work fromthe original series he did. So it now needs a frame to grace the walls of my currently being decorated hall and stairs.
I totally loved my visit to Salt's Mill and having a gorgeous family day with my little guys (well ok they're not so little now!) It fed my textile creative, artistic brain. It filled my family bucket of love and hugs to the very top seeing all of my boys together. I loved that they enjoyed my glee, delight and giddiness at being a textile nutcase again, if only for a day - surrounded by art they didn't understand and explanations they weren't sure they agreed with.
Great art does that; it makes you think, wonder and even disagree. Having an opinion is what counts!
A lovely, lovely visit.