We had a lovely time catching up with each other on 5th July at Saddleworth Museum at the opening of our Watershed exhibition. It was great to see the inspirational Sue (who set up Canalside Quilters - one of the groups I've been working with at the museum), the lady quilters, and quite a number of the writers I've worked with. Peter (the SUPERB museum curator) had put on a great spread for us, and done a brilliant job of organising and hanging the whole exhibition. And it was really nice for us all to see members of the public coming in and going round the exhibition - and Intently reading the poems and studying the artwork. Thanks soooo much to Watershed Artsit-in-residence for Year One of the project - Sally Barker - for stepping in with an ace display of photos of her artwork up on the moors. People were completely fascinated with her tiny people!
The highlight of the exhibition for me, was seeing the stunning textile pieces that Sue (above) and Shirley (below) had been inspired to produce as a result of my Watershed workshops with them. WELL DONE both of you!!! Sue and Shirley have also written pieces (a poem and a story) about their needlework - and that's brilliant for me to see too - the interconnection of creative writing and textile. I'm really hoping that other ladies from Canalside Quilters will be inspired to produce pieces for the Cliffe Castle exhibition that starts at the end of September.
Char March - I'm a freelance writer and tutor. I am Writer-in-Residence for the Pennine Watershed Project, and this blog takes you through some of the work I've done in that role