The Great Heatwave of 2013 couldn’t have come at a better time for us Bookers as it has precisely coincided with Stuart’s annual leave. The heatwave may be a once-in-a-decade thing, but the coincidence of sunshine AND time off work is considerably more rare. We haven’t been away anywhere. Stuart has been working wonders in our garden and I have continued to go to the (distinctly hot) studio almost every day; but with no need to stick to a schedule we have had a wonderfully relaxing fortnight of (mainly) ice cream and beer.
This past weekend was our holiday swansong and we enjoyed some extra treats. On Saturday night we went out for dinner and then to our local National Theatre Live showing of Macbeth, which was stunning. (If you haven’t come across NTLive, it’s where they do a live broadcast of a stage play to cinemas around the country. In this case the play was in Manchester and we were in Dundee.) I have probably seen Macbeth more often than any other Shakespeare play, partly because it was a set text I studied at school and partly because it gets staged a lot. This may be because it is short (at least compared with Hamlet) but I don’t think I have ever seen it rattled through at such a pace as this production. They managed to add an opening fight scene which goes on for some ten or fifteen minutes and still get to the end in under two hours. We were exhausted — goodness knows how the actors were still standing for the curtain calls.
On Sunday, therefore, we all overslept; even the Ps. But eventually the people got their act together and went to Edinburgh to visit the Design Market which was on at the Fruitmarket Gallery. I felt rather sad for the makers who were quite warm in there, to say the least, and things were a bit quiet for them with the weather keeping folk outdoors. But on the other hand it allowed me to go round every single stall e v e r s o s l o o o o w l y and to chat with everyone about what they were making, how they did it, what inspired them and so on. It was brilliant! I loved:
- the colour palette of Hannah Joy Scott
- the simple shape and addictive stud fastening of these clutch purses by Soda Kitsch
- the knitted scarves from Cora Studio which look like shadow weave
and much more besides. It was great to meet Fiona Daly, who is a relatively new weaver based in Edinburgh, and to catch up with James Donald and see his most recent work. Both of them are also participating in the Craft Scotland Summer Show — I think between us we might constitute ‘the weaving contingent’– so there was plenty to talk about.
And then we ate ice cream and came home.
Stuart also graciously spent some of his last hours of freedom in the studio with me doing more photography. We played around with groups of scarves, which I must say is loads more fun than trying to primp single scarves into looking just right for product shots.
I got a bit carried away so you will now see my Twitter, Facebook and home page adorned with slices of these ‘Flow’ scarves. But we did take some other pictures too… I just have to do the tedious computery bit now. Since it has gone all cloudy, I suppose I might as well.