Monday, 10 August 2015

whitworth {and a FQS discount!}


We had a 'family time' weekend and yesterday went to the Whitworth Art Gallery. It's been awarded the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2015 and rightly so. I love it, we had our wedding there, and I've been going with my family for as long as I can remember. 

I went to see the Cornelia Parker exhibition 'Magna Carta (An Embroidery)', here is the blurb from the website:

"Magna Carta (An Embroidery) is a major new artwork by the acclaimed British artist Cornelia Parker that celebrates the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta in 2015. Fabricated by many hands, it replicates in stitch the entire Wikipedia article on Magna Carta as it appeared on the document’s 799th anniversary. Hand embroidered by more than 200 people, a large part was stitched by prisoners supervised by Fine Cell Work and members of the Embroiderers Guild. Other contributors, selected to represent a cross-section of society, range from barons, baronesses, MPs, and lawyers, to human rights advocates and activists."

It was so incredible on every level and I was overwhelmingly inspired - definitely see it if you can. It's on from 8 August – 1 November 2015.
There was a really interesting documentary about the embroidery running too and Cornelia was fascinating, I enjoyed learning more about the whole process and the people involved. This was an epic project and the skill (or not) to produce such work is immense.
I chuckled that Jarvis Cocker actually embroidered two words, common and people!

Outside I discovered these fabulous stitchy benches:


and the adjoining park provided enjoyment too:



It was the kind of day that life is all about.

Today was the opposite, I was a mardy so and so. Hormones blazing, too many annoying jobs, missed calls, kids not listening to me, etc. It really does seem like I'm having a summer of good days followed by bad! Hopefully that means I'm due a good one tomorrow ;)

And in the spirit of goodness Fat Quarter Shop currently have 15% off all Robert Kaufman fabrics, use code RK2015 at the checkout. Valid until 16th August:


Stock up on lovely solids (I vote pickle, creamsicle and goldfish - is it weird that those are all also snacks?!) or whatever fabulous RK prints take your fancy! I will just point out that includes Architextures :)


I'm going to do a little bit of stitching before zonking out. Hope your Monday was better than mine?!


3 comments:

  1. "Mardy" is a new word for me and one I like! I suppose it I used it here in the middle of the U.S., I would get some strange looks. It takes a few mardy days to appreciate the really good ones! It's all a part of life's ups and downs and I'll bet tomorrow will be a good one for you. (Fingers crossed!)

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  2. my son bought me a tea towel with part of the magna carta woven into it. I'm thinking of making a cushion out of it ... eventually

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  3. Love those quilty looking seats! I hope Tuesday is a better day for you all!

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