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Fever! Scottish OperaRead MoreMay 20, 2010

The schools in Shetland are rehearsing and preparing for performances of Fever, written and devised by Scottish Opera. Today I spent the morning with the Central Mainland schools, going through the music and helping them to prepare for the performance. It was a fantastic opportunity and thanks to th...

Vunk Fest 2010Read MoreMay 14, 2010

If you have not seen the new Pop-Up shop for Vunk Fest in Lerwick, you will have missed a real treat. Dynamic graphics, music, photographs and more, all for the "alternative" crowd. Check out the Facebook site for the not-for-profit festival http://en-gb.facebook.com/event.php?eid=385380662088....

Weaving forumsRead MoreMay 13, 2010

We are members of two forums on the internet, WeaveTech and weavers-spinners-uk. They are very useful ways for us to learn about what is happening and we have met a lot of interesting people and had a lot of really interesting discussions. Both these groups can be found on yahoo....

Lin Marsh - acting and singingRead MoreMay 13, 2010

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The Lin Marsh event in July is approaching. Lin is a musician with an international reputation for her exciting and innovative work with young people and communities. She also has Shetland family connections with Mid Yell, and we are really pleased that she will be working with us in July on our Isl...

Spring?Read MoreMay 7, 2010

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Today there are black lambs, and white lambs, and sunshine, and daffodils. Shetland in Spring is beautiful....

Stroud International Textiles Festival - thoughtsRead MoreMay 4, 2010

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While things are fresh in my mind, I thought a few ideas about Stroud might be in order. It is well worth going and spending time at the Festival. There are many talks and workshops, and amazing things to see. You will meet lots of makers and have some great chats with interesting people. Think abo...

Stroud International Textiles Festival - Day threeRead MoreMay 3, 2010

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Yesterday was the last day of our textile experience here in the Cotswolds. We did some amazing things like a visit to Studio 7 where we chatted about performance and textiles, and saw lovely upcycled bags from suits and trousers. Then a quick walk across to Cork Textiles Network in the Subscription...

Stroud International Textiles Festival - Day TwoRead MoreMay 2, 2010

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A lovely day during which we spent time looking at various things in the exhibitions, shows and talks. We met a lot of makers and saw some very interesting work. The farmers market is wonderful in Stroud and the town itself has some really lovely buildings. Our Flickr page has been updated with i...

Stroud International Textiles Festival - Day oneRead MoreMay 1, 2010

This morning we picked up our car, a Smart car and drive to Stroud. It was a great trip north. Smart cars rule! Caught in traffic at Stroud, we arrived just in the middle of the speeches and the opening by Sir Christopher Frayling. He was very enthusiastic and mentioned Wendy’s Burra Bears in his ...

Shetland ForWirds - dialect websiteRead MoreApril 21, 2010

Shetland has a unique dialect and accent; each island and area has its own characteristics and islanders can tell where someone is from purely by through speech. To visitors, the dialect may be completely incomprehensible but I love the dialect and the wonderful words and phrases that exist. Shetlan...