Last May I had a particularly busy week down in the West Country. I visited three wonderful gardens, set up a music installation for the opening of a tapestry exhibition in a unique modernist house, and finally attended an inspirational conference at the UK’s only festival of contemporary textiles. All three of these experiences I’ve written about on this blog, but the most extensive piece was devoted to the Slow Textiles Conference at Stroud International Textiles (SIT) Festival. It’s actually a long illustrated letter, and you can read here.
At the Slow Movement conference, Stroud May 2010
A little while later I received a charming e-mail from the SIT Festival director asking if she could put a link from SIT’s website to my conference review. Well it wasn’t so much a review but a detailed resume to a colleague who hadn’t been able to make the conference. All the same, following the link to my ‘letter’ going on SIT’s website, this 3000-word piece started getting a serious number of daily hits. This is personally very reassuring, although I should remind readers of why I started this blog: it was to learn rather than report or teach. One way I’ve found to both fix (and question) knowledge and develop understanding is to attempt to explain it by writing or speaking. Assembling knowledge you can explain so often requires careful note-taking and additional research; so it rather goes without saying that the whole process is a good learning experience.