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Published: 30 May 2014

By Andy Ross

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Serendipity revisted

Those of you who have visited us in Yell at the studio will remember that we were gifted the equipment and library from the Ann Sutton Foundation. Ann's name has come up again this week in an entirely unconnected way...

A few years ago, while I was walking to work on a bright summer's day listening to my iPod, a piece of music came on called Cantus Arcticus by Einojuhani Rautavaara (this link includes a useful pronounciation guide!). The piece, which you can now hear via this YouTube link is a wonderful evocation of Spring returning to the Northern lands, and  as it started to play through my headphones a curlew sang in time with the curlews on the recording. Ever since then I have called a coincidence "a curlew moment" when things just seem to happen for a reason.

The curlew moment this week was meeting Fraser Taylor, who is an artist and professor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago's Fiber and Material Studies Department and was a member of the eighties collective The Cloth. We spent a lovely hour or so chatting ideas and thoughts through, from London to design, from Shetland to Chicago where he lives now and where I was an Exchange Student. But the greatest pleasure and surprise was to find out that Ann was a common link. Fraser remembers Ann with great fondness particularly for giving him support while he was at University and after graduation.

I guess we never know what will happen in the future. Things we do today may be remembered years afterwards and may even influence other people's lives hugely. I know our lives have been enriched and enlarged by Ann in many ways so it is with great pleasure that I shall go and see her newest exhibition where this former weaver turned artist will be showing spatial drawings in London. You just can't keep a good name down, can you?