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We — my mother, Stuart and I — went to visit some of the Open Studios in North Fife last weekend, and this time we went with our research hats on in order to glean ideas for our own open studio later on. We concentrated on textile artists, though we took in some other media as we went round, and they were a very diverse bunch. It got me thinking that I need to present my own approach to weaving very clearly, which suggests that I might need to think about it clearly too… I was formulating a plan for this, when Aviva beat me to it with this excellent Pecha Kucha presentation of her approach to “slow making”. Just in case you haven’t come across Pecha Kucha before, there’s an explanation here, but the basic idea is a concise and fairly fast-paced presentation — which in this case is rather a contrast to the craft being explored! When it comes to presentations, I am all in favour of succinct, so perhaps that’s a format I should be considering for the clarification process?

Another train of thought, also related to the open studio event, is the need to make “small things”. Like this covered button. I was surprised how well the button structure worked with quite thick handwoven fabric: it would be safe to place an order on eBay, I think.

philosophies” was posted by Cally on 10 May 2012 at

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  1. Pat Foster
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    Experience shows that people going to an exhibition or visiting an Open Studio like to buy something, not necessarily expensive. You have coasters. Cards is another ‘small’ object and they can be made from scraps or samples although I have gone in for weaving something designed for the card size. Other ideas are tea towels.

    • Cally
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      I noticed that most of the people we visited were not really offering what I would call an “open studio”: they had a display of work for sale and that was it, no sign of the process that went into the work at all. Only two people had their equipment on view and in working mode, inviting discussion about the techniques involved. Seems a shame to me, and a missed opportunity, even if they do make a lot of sales.

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