Archive for June, 2010

The Summer Show . . . is here again

June 24, 2010

It’s that time of year when universities and colleges provide the important stepping stone every student in textiles and the visual arts needs to enter the professional world. I’m planning on doing three ‘final shows’ this year. The first was at Bradford College where I studied between September 2008 to 2009. I choose four collections from the HNC in Woven Textile Design to examine in detail, and that means their respective records of Visual Realisation, Design Development, Technical Notes, and individual items of work. I was richly rewarded. I also much enjoyed browsing other collections, particularly those of the knitters. All three that I looked at were so imaginative. 



A Working Holiday in North Wales

June 15, 2010

A week of holiday; a week of work. For the last 16 years I’ve spent a fortnight over Whitsuntide in a remote part of North Wales. 10 of those years were in the company of my younger children who, when in primary school (4 – 11) enjoyed a fortnight’s half-term, a legacy of the mill and pit ‘waits’ weeks when these industries put in the engineers for annual maintenance and the workers and their families went off the Blackpool or Skegness. My partner, then in a senior university post, had the seasonal delights of examinations and marking and absolutely no time for young Morgans on an extended half-term holiday. So off we went to a place I came to know first as a parent with very small children, and then gradually as a composer on my own seeking a location for some peace and quiet – and inspiration.

Spring Flowers in June


This year, because of the harsh winter , the countryside on Lyn was still in springtime. The hedgerows were full of flowers, May blossom everywhere, even the bluebells had remained. The sun shone and the sea was almost warm enough to swim in (I did once). After a week reality reappeared and Susan, David and Meg were put on a train back home. I was left to ‘get on with some work’.