Yesterday I meandered my way through the trains and tubes to the Excel Centre in east London to attend the Creative Stiches and Hobbycraft show. I was there to help fellow textile artist Bobby Britnell in her booth which was to support her charity, ‘Hands up for Ugands’. It was lovely to see Bobby again and we had much to catch up with. The work using natural materials made by the people in her Ugandan village was inspiring as was all the work her charity is doing to improve their lives.
Bobby supplied many artists friends and others with a piece of bark cloth made in Uganda in order for us to decorate it. These pieces were sent to a shoe maker who made small shoes with each piece. They were exquisit and will be auctioned off with money going to the charity
It was interesting to see the difference in directions of some of these shows. This one was aimed at people who sew and quilt as well as hobby craft people. It is not as varied as the big shows such as the knitting and stitching show at Alexander Palace and Birmingham which appeals more to textile artists who are into all sorts of methods of using surface design. I snapped a quick picture of Bobby standing in front of the pair of shoes which I decorated.