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Saturday, 24 September 2011

Carrefour du Patchwork - my exhibition there

...was Exciting, Exhausting and Exhilarating!

The last three weeks have been madly hectic and left no time for blogging.  I was finishing the work for my exhibition at the Carrefour du Patchwork in Ste Marie aux Mines, France, then had to pack it in boxes and get it shipped there.  I travelled to France to hang the exhibition and spent four days enjoying the thousands of visitors calling a the Church of St Louis and being amazingly complimentary about my work.

I am now back, so are my quilts, and I am preparing for the exhibition at the Bishop's Palace, Wells, from 3 to 31st October, which is a slightly smaller version of the one in France.  Below is a photo of a section of the exhibition as it hanged in Ste Marie, on the day before the exhibition opened.

I hope it will whet your appetite and draw you to come to Wells to see the quilts 'in the flesh'.

Thanks for listening!

Alicia

Saturday, 3 September 2011

Glastonbury Abbey on a sunny day

Glastonbury Abbey is one of my favourite places in Somerset - together with the Bishop's Palace in Wells.

These are the end-of-the-church ruins seen through a surviving arch of the main building.




... and now seen once you go through the arch.




There are a lot of legends associated with Glastonbury Abbey.  Joseph of Arimathea is supposed to have arrived to the area around 60 AD and founded the first church.  He dig his staff on the earth and a thorn tree grew from it. A thorn tree of a type originating from the Middle East still grows in the Abbey grounds.

The tombs of King Arthur and his Queen, Guinevere, are supposed to have been found by the monks, many centuries ago.  A plaque still marks the spot!  We don't know whether they were the real graves, but they certainly attracted a lot more 'tourists' of the time: pilgrims.  Glastonbury was a very rich abbey and it is said that its monks were among the first marketing experts.