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Published: 25 March 2017

By Andy Ross

The times they are a-changin'.

Over the past few months there has been significant change for almost all of us. We at GlobalYell have not been exempt...

It seems not so long ago that we set up the studio next door and started production. Then in December last year we managed to purchase our whole building and a new era began for the company. However sometimes things do not go according to plan and this coming week we are saying goodbye to Kirsty, who joined us two years ago, and striking out on our own in the Big Wide World of weave. It is kinda scary but also a Good Thing. Kirsty has decided to move back to England and we wish her and Paul and their two dogs, Mr T and Franny, all the luck in the world. It has been a good learning experience working alongside Kirsty, and I have learned a lot about weaving which would not have happened without that working relationship. 

Sometimes these things make for a re-evaluation and a pause is often necessary to take stock. So, for the past few weeks I and the Chair of the Board of GlobalYell have been talking about the future direction of the organisation. We think we have a plan which is going to work but it has to remain under wraps for a little while longer until we have sounded out some other people, and until we have sorted out the logistics. I promise that you will hear as soon as possible. In the meantime, things at the studio have moved on apace. 

We now have the beginnings of a display area for our products and cloths, and there is also now a dedicated space for the reference library of textiles and artefacts. This latter space is available for anyone to use, with a desk and space to lay out fabrics, and we think that it makes the perfect space to really look at cloths and understand how they are made, as well as to browse magazines and books for inspiration. The space will be bookable and there is no charge for using it. We also supply coffee and tea, and use of the broadband and 'phone, all for a voluntary donation. 

The manufacture of our cloths is also progressing. Alicja is learning to use Alvin-the-Loom, and will be weaving on Tuesdays. I shall be weaving most weekends and, if you want to see the loom in operation, email us and check that we have warp ready to weave. In fact, if you have any questions, get in touch. We love hearing from people! And of course our volunteers continue to support and work with us on throws, library cataloguing and the like. 

So, while the entire world seems to be in a state of flux, sometimes this is for the better. Vive la change!