I went to Winchester this weekend to visit Mark's sister and see his niece perform at The Railway. Chris and Martin have bought a piece of Alice Kettle's work 'In the Guise of Angels', it was great to have the time to study it closely and enjoy the skill of her work. I went round to the Guildhall to See her mammoth piece for the Winchester Discovery Centre. It is made in 9 large panels and she has been at it for months on display in the Guildhall Gallery space. She is also trialing a Brother multi head computerised machine which gives blocks of regular stitch, it gives a great contrast to the ragged chaotic stitched textures she achieves. The whole display is on until July.
While we stayed at Chris and Martins we shared the house with a group of touring musicians 9 in all, not including us 4. Mark's niece Rozi writes and performs her own stuff and also plays in a band called Frànçois and the Atlas Mountains. I don't think I'm cut out for the late night rock 'n roll life style, it's going to take me a week to get over it!!