Julie Arkell at Ruthin Craft Centre

Moo and I popped along to Wales this afternoon for a date with the lovely Julie Arkell at Ruthin Craft CentreĀ  – A drop in workshop to coincide with her exhibition ‘Away’ that is currently being shown in Gallery 3. JA biggerThis exhibition had everything that I have come to expect from Julie Arkell …. even though the subject matter is sometimes melancholy, it always makes me smile.

I really enjoyed getting a peek at her travel journals and sketchbooks .. lots of that lovely handwriting.

I picked up the exhibition book (which Julie kindly signed for me), a lovely neat sized collection of images.

Moo made a caterpillar ‘inspired’ by Julie’s exhibition, she covered her drawing of the caterpillar with lots of pieces of fabric, carefully selected and cut precisely … the workshop co-ordinators were amazing, really helpful and fun.Ā  2 hours later and here is the masterpiece:

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After the workshop we went in to Ruthin, a quaint traditional (hilly) town centre with lots of interesting independent shops (including a great fabric shop) and some beautiful buildings;

Button Windows at the Market hall:

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windows, windows, windows:

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Ruthin Craft Centre is well worth a visit and if you can get there before the end of November you will catch the Julie Arkell exhibition too!

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Japanese fabric

This arrived today, it’s like christmas!!

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It’s the new season Nani Iro from Kokka fabrics; a beautiful watercolour spot pattern on a soft double gauze fabric. I bought mine from Miss Matatabi on etsy as she always has the full Nani iro collection on pre sale (it sells out pretty quickly and is still quite hard to come by in the UK).
Now I just have to decide what to make with it … any suggestions?