Monday, 21 May 2012
I'm delighted to announce my solo show at Trico in Tokyo this June.
It's rainy season in Japan, so we've called it Sheltering From The Rain.
The show will be a mixture of illustrations- some of you may have seen my #owladay, #foxaday and now #squirreladay on Twitter!
As well as new knitted trees, rain, new creatures and one-off pieces of wrapped Ercol furniture.
Here are the opening details:
Sheltering From The Rain
Donna Wilson Exhibition in Tokyo, June 2012
Venue: (Trico Showroom 2F) Gallery
6 - 24 JuneOpening Times: 12:00 to 18:00
Closed on Wednesday
Here is the press release for the show:
Donna Wilson is coming to Japan this June! Three-dimensional work, newly produced illustrations, hand-wrapped furniture collaborations with the company Akoru. Donna Wilson will be presenting the full tactile, beauty of her textile world. During the exhibition, guests can purchase limited edition prints which will be signed by Donna during the show.
Invitation to the opening party for those who are members of the Trico website, we invite you to the reception party held on Friday 8th June. For those who wish to attend, take this opportunity to register, free at www.bytrico.com. From the screen after login, go to [shelter] reception party invitations. Please bring your invitation with you on your mobile phone or printed on paper
After that I will be embarking on a 16 day tour of Japan, signing prints, if you're nearby please pop in to say hello. Here are the dates and places:
Donna Wilson Japan tour
signing session is from 14:00-16:00 at the each deparment store.
６/６（W）日本橋高島屋 Tokyo, Nihonnbasi Toakashimaya
６/７（T）新宿伊勢丹 Tokyo, Shinjyuku Isetan
６/８（F）玉川高島屋 Tokyo,Tamagawa Toakashimaya
６/９（S）仙台三越 Sendai, Mitsukosi
Phew! I'm so excited to be seeing the country like this, a big perk of the job!!
Sunday, 20 May 2012
Look what I stumbled upon this morning, on my way to the (Orla sample sale on Brick lane!)
a beautiful hand made paper elephant !
I learned from these nice people that it is Bangladeshi New Year today!
I watched the parade walking down Brick lane, it was so beautiful and brightly coloured.
Love the giant tiger heads
especially these paper peacocks
Happy Bangladeshi New Year!! x
Monday, 14 May 2012
Last Weekend I went to Scotland to visti my family, and visited the Portsoy Salmon Bothy where my sister works. I met a lovely lady called Edith who knitted Fishermen's Guernsey's (fisherman's sweaters/jumpers/jerseys!)
I was totally intrigued- these Guernsey's take about three months to knit, because of all the different stitches and finest needles used. They are knitted on the round with three needles, and no side seams! Very dense and weatherproof.
Each Guernsey had different patterns depending on the wearer and which town they were from, some had marriage lines. I think the above one is a Portsoy patterns and the one below is Peterhead (could be wrong there)
Traditionally they had shorter arms, as the bottom part of their arms would frequently get wet with sea water, and they were longer than jumpers now, so that their backs wouldn't get cold.
Here's an old picture of the fisherman's wives who knitted them whilst waiting for their husbands to come back from sea, they were knitted with a lot of love.
The also knitted thick long johns, with a piece of cotton stitched in around the top... I'd like a pair of these!
Edith does take on commissions, but not too many as they are a lot of work, but the good news is, she's going to write a book about the history, the stories and tales and the knitting patterns. I'll let you know when it comes out.
For more information about the salmon bothy go to www.salmonbothy.org.uk
yesterday I went to Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, which is a show of contemporary crafted objects. Different Galleries from around the world take stands there to show the fantastic work they represent.
The quality was fantastic, There's one day left of the show- so still time!
here are a couple of things I liked.
Peter Marigold shelves, and really funny chess set made from selected bits of tree!
Max Lamb- table and Chair
Simon Jones showing work he did for Fogo Island- stacking Chairs and tressle legs.
Ismini Saminidou beautiful woven hangings
Katy Hackney- painted wood and silver jewellery
Sorry I don't have everyone's name, but there is a lot of amazing jewellery, ceramics, textiles and more and nice to seethings presented in such a special way giving the pieces the importance they deserve.
well worth a visit.