The first day of March has been a lovely bright day here on the east coast. I have been happily tootling about Fife, visiting the Guild this morning and then going on to a symposium (big word!) in St Andrews – a symposium all about craft. There was lots of enthusiastic conversation with fellow makers, and I was delighted to meet Jan, the Balgarvie weaver, in person for the first time. Jan used to work as a textile designer in industry and is now setting up her own practice in Fife. It is really inspiring to see the steadily growing number of independent designer-weavers in Scotland. Still a small total, but definitely growing. It was an encouraging thought to take into this afternoon’s discussion when we were asked to consider the future of craft in Scotland; there is a lot about Scotland’s future which is up for discussion right now, and the tone of that discussion can sometimes be extremely unhelpful, so the Dearest Scotland initiative is a welcome project to redress the balance a little bit.
All this sociable fun could not have been a bigger contrast with the last stress-filled couple of weeks… but those are past and there is good news. Yes, the mighty project is complete, the viva has been passed and that’ll be Dr Booker to you from now on, thank you very much. Well, I do have to make it through alive to graduation in July before it’s official, but I’m reasonably optimistic I can manage that part. Since the thesis did not, after all, kill me, my working assumption is that I must be immortal.
There was quite a bit of cloth on the loom at the beginning of the week…
…and now there is about twice as much. I should reach the end of the warp in a couple of days.