As Julia Cameron advocates in her infamous book, The Artist's Way, it does one good to be inspired by the work of others and to give yourself a break from time to time (Julia recommends weekly) in order to keep the creative juices flowly freely (I'm all for that!). So off Mum and I went to Skipton to visit the now 2nd Yarndale event held last weekend at the Skipton Auction Mart and what a great time we had! I took lots of photos and came across some beautiful work which I thought I would share with you here and please follow the links and support our fellow artists/designers/crafters/makers etc.
First of all, we loved the crochet and knitted bunting outside and within the entrance area of the auction mart - how cool. So because it's a fully functioning cattle mart in the true sense, it feels and is rustic and it worked so well having the bunting indoors too - like over the metal work (see bottom pic to the left). Mind you, I don't know what the farmers would have thought but all us ladies were swooning!
Since it was a textile show, of course there were some sheep there along with llamas. So, so cute...
There was also a knit and natter area that looked welcoming...
Quite a few stalls were selling wool that had been hand-dyed and it was such a beautiful sight to see - ah, the colours!
Now there follows a little showcase of a few offerings that I liked in particular.
I'm always looking for different looks in the fashion side of things. I like high street clothes but it's nice venturing away from that every now and again and wearing something that really resonates with you. So, when I came across this look I had to get a little pic (see below-sorry, the pic is blurred slightly). The company is called Tall Yarns and I just love this gorgeous layered look with smock, petticoat, jacket etc. I have since peeked at their website/online shop and not only is it full of fab clothing - items like the ones below (Layercake) but its also chock full of yarns, needles, patterns, kits and dyes etc. A must see and I'm defo going to be getting something from here in the future - maybe Christmas? Eeek!
The next stall I came across was of a textile artist called Fiona from Marmalade Rose. The examples of Fiona's work below give an idea of her talent but up close and personal, they were even more impressive - I was gobsmacked! The texture, attention to detail and skill level was a total thing of beauty.
I couldn't resist taking a photo of the fab handcrafted, felted owl above and really enjoying the needle felted kits that they also stock - more on this company here - Alula's Garden.
The artwork below caught my eye on a number of levels - these examples below belong to textile artist, Jackie Cardy of Dog Daisy Chains . I loved the colours, the semi-abstract subjects and the sheer flow of all her work.
More of Jackie's work below. A must visit - oh and the brooches are to die for...
I had to include this whimsical cow below (yes, really) - what a fantastic collaborative effort in aid of such a good cause.
So, I do hope you've enjoyed this little peek into Yarndale 2014 and hopefully you might be able to visit next year - I certainly will be!
From my home to yours - over and out!