And so another month rolls around. I hope this finds you cool and well hydrated! You will have noticed that in this missive I am not promising to bring it to you on the full moon, but to rather recognise the phase of the moon that we are in when I manage to put hands to keyboard.
This is a monthly round up of some of the things that have caught my eye, fed and inspired me. I send it so we can keep in touch. I am aware of how precious your time is so I am toying with a slightly different way of doing things. I am going to write a longer post on my website and then send a summary to my email subscribers, more pictures than words, and the option to dive deeper with a click to the website. As ever, please send things to me that inspire you- I love to share things with our community of Gentle Makers.
I was recently lucky enough to see the Lubaina Himid exhibition at Tate Modern. Turner prize winning Himid is a prominent Black British artist and cultural activist. She works in many media from figurative painting to sculpture in wood and cardboard. I loved the vibrancy of her painting and the energetic creativity she clearly demonstrates.
I have just read a really entertaining book called “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus. It’s an easy read, about an unusual chemist called Elizabeth Zott. She sees the world purely through a scientific lens, has a chemistry lab set up in her kitchen but sadly it is the 1960’s and life is not set up for high achieving scientific women. She is unconventional, uncompromising and ends up a single parent with a career that has been stymied along the way. How she ends up presenting a cookery show on prime time US telly is part of the story but she of course makes it completely her own, by presenting the cookery as chemical reactions and teaching the nation how to cook by first principles. It is a funny book and every now and then I think about this amazing women and her dog called Six-Thirty and I cannot help but smile.
My mending practice continues and I was delighted to make it to the in person meeting of Bristol Textile Quarter’s Meet Make Mend. We laughed and talked and mended our clothes and put the world to rights. Retreat Two of ANOGM at Boconnoc is going to be dedicated to mending where will be learning basic and more advanced techniques and working together to prolong the lives of our clothes through mending.
And lastly, just a reminder of our up-coming Autumn Gathering at Hazel Hill Wood nr Salisbury. This is a very informal overnight meet up in a private, charity run woodland. We will be gathering, doing yoga, bringing our own projects to work on and eating beautiful vegetarian food. The accommodation is in rustic eco-buildings with plenty of space to sink into nature.
Do please keep in touch!
With love, Charlotte xxx