Archive for March, 2010

Music, writing, weaving, walking – Lines by Tim Ingold

March 23, 2010

Back on a Thursday in February, when there was still snow on the ground, I took the train to Settle to conduct an experiment. Let me set the scene. It’s early morning at Leeds station and the train for Carlisle is filling up with ladies and gentlemen of retirement age tempted by an amazing ticket offer to travel the famous Settle to Carlisle railway, one of the most beautiful train journeys in the UK. I’m sitting there beginning to feel a little uncomfortable. Perhaps it is the notion that as a composer retirement and that freedom to wake up in the morning and not to have go to work is unlikely to be something I’ll ever experience. A composer I studied with in the late 60s is 102 and still composing! But that aside, I’m looking forward so much to this day out, a walk to Attermire Scar on the outskirts of Settle.

The walk under Attermire Scar




ULITA, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham and Echoes of Devon

March 6, 2010

For over a year I used to take a Thursday away from composing to spend  time in the workshop of Bradford College. I’ve now translated that ‘day out’ into some activity linked to my continuing interest in textiles. Recent Thursdays have included a day passing on to a friend what I’d learnt from my recent weekend in the studio of tapestry artist Fiona Hutchinson, a walking and sketching day in the snow near Settle in the Yorkshire Dales to experience for myself how tapestry weaver Jilly Edwards assembles a woven image sequence from a journey, and last week a long-awaited visit to ULITA in Leeds to see their International Year of Fibre exhibition.

Double ikat from India