Society of Designer Craftsmen 2015

SDC flyer25th Anniversary exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London.

Mall Gallery piece 'of the moment'

Mall Gallery piece ‘of the moment’

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Tea with Matthew Harris

‘fabricformation’ are preparing for their degree show at Eastleigh College in July. They are hosting a fundraising event  ‘Tea with Matthew Harris’ on Sunday 16th March at 3pm in Otterbourne Village Hall (nr J12 M3) SO21 2ET. Internationally acclaimed textile artist Matthew Harris will be talking about his work, together with tea and cakes, raffle and stalls. Tickets £10 (includes tea and cake), contact 07745042515.

Matthew Harris works with both cloth and paper to create drawings/collages and textiles. He has taken part in many shows in the UK, Europe, USA and Japan. He has work in the Crafts Council Collection and the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester. 

www.matthewharriscloth.co.uk

matthew harris textile artist interview

 

Aoyama Window Cloth

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Radio Feature

Well what a morning – Having never  appeared on the radio before I’ve been on twice today talking about how listening to birdsong has inspired my work. This morning at 10.30am on Mark O’Donnell’s Wiltshire Radio show speaking about my exhibition project and asking listeners for feedback – listen again by following the link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p017qrn3 Also this morning I was contacted by BBC Radio 2 who were doing a feature on the Jeremy Vine show (12-2pm) – I had tweeted a few days ago about International Dawn Chorus Day. They looked at my profile and saw that I was a textile artist and tweeted me back – listen again http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s82v1

Both were very friendly and made it an enjoyable experience. The significance of the timing was to coincide with yesterday’s International Dawn Chorus Day, Radio 4’s ‘Tweet of the Day’ which started this morning and an article by Henry Porter in Saturday’s Observer Newspaper http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/04/dawn-chorus-thing-of-beauty I approached Wiltshire Radio suggesting the feature and Radio 2 found me on Twitter.

Below is one of drawings done while listening ‘live’ to yesterday’s dawn chorus

Dawn Chorus Drawing

Dawn Chorus Drawing

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‘Tweet of the Day’ on Radio 4

This morning at 5.58am Radio 4 started their ‘Tweet of the Day’ introduced by David Attenborough, featuring the town crier of spring  – the Cuckoo.

Listen again by following the link http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s6y1h

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4.15 am start

The alarm went off this morning at 4.15am, was it worth the effort? No doubt about it – about 3 birds started shortly afterwards, at a guess a robin, blue tit and blackbird. The sound was the most peaceful, soft introduction to an early morning I have experienced in a long time. Being outside in the pale light, just listening is so much better than hearing it from inside. The gradual build up of song coming from all sides, some loud others soft and distant. If you are lucky all tuneful with no harsh intruders to spoil the moment.

A wonderful way to celebrate International Dawn Chorus Day in my back garden, leaves you feeling uplifted and relaxed.

Listen to a condensed version of an hours recording reduced to just over 2 minutes (Not an easy task with a voice recorder and a laptop)             

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International Dawn Chorus Day

Sunday 5th May is International Dawn Chorus Day, have a look on their website www.idcd.info to see all the events that are going on around the world and in your local area. Also on Monday tune in to the first ‘Tweet of the Day’ on BBC Radio 4 featuring a different bird song every day for a year…….. May is the peak time for birdsong and a good time to get out there and listen!

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Up with the lark

I’m getting used to this early rising routine – not sure why I don’t do it more often. There is something magical about just being still and watching the light slowly creep across the sky, listening to the birds greet the day.

New discovery this morning – the blackbird wasn’t singing back in Feb/March but seems now to be one of the first to start before dawn, only to suddenly give up around sunrise. I don’t know if they move to another place to carry on singing or feel they have done their bit and just get on with their day. Also once they have given up the late risers take over – pigeon, green finch, gold finch (only songs I could recognize). Sadly no robin this morning.

Another question – why have many of the birds stopped coming to the bird feeders? Are they too busy nesting? There have been far fewer females around recently. Clearly a lot still to learn!

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