I'm opening my Studio for two weekends in May as part of Caversham Arts Trail. I look forward to these events, love having visitors to see my work and enjoy having the opportunity to talk with people about how I go about making pictures and the woollen people. It's also a perfect time to let people know how happy I am to accept donations of their unwearable woollen jumpers which have been moth chewed or mistakenly put in a hot wash! Old knitwear is an important raw material for me and increasingly difficult to find.
Jumble sales are few and far between and charity shops don't bother to offer damaged jumpers for sale and unfortunately the local ones say they are unable to put any such donated items aside for me.
It's great therefore to receive a soft package in the post, or come home and find a bag of old knitwear on the doorstep.
I also periodically look through the merino jumpers offered on ebay, which is occasionally a good source, Grey, Navy and Black are generally the most plentiful, harder to find are oranges, yellows, and other bright or pale colours. Please don't bin the well worn woollies, i'll happily accept them all!
This years dates for Caversham Arts Trail are 12th, 13th 18th, 19th & 20th May 11am - 5pm.
Alongside my work you will also be able to see Hand thrown stoneware and porcelain, www.leighpottery.co.uk
Printmaking, drawing, books and zines, www.samknightprint.co.uk
And photographs, www.philrudge.com
Details of the 36 artists taking part in venues across Caversham can be found here. www.cavershamartstrail.co.uk