Hello Voyagers! I'm sorry it has been so quiet around here - despite all my good intentions, I fell out of the habit of posting my interesting textile links on the journal. Of course, if you are signed up for the newsletter, you haven't missed anything, (The newsletter is the best way to stay up to date with us - you can sign up here). Anyway, I have had some requests to post this week's newsletter, so here you go...
This week, I'm swept up in all things ballet and costume. I've been indulging in videos about costume design, saving all the photos of the ABT's production of Whipped Cream to my Pinterest board, and am toying with the idea of trying to sew a professional-style tutu. When I'm not dreaming of tutus and pointe shoes, I'm finalizing details for our September Grand British Textile Tour - keep an eye out for the official tour announcement in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I've gathered some fun links for you - explore below for a look at textile conservation, costume design, and artist inspiration.
I've been celebrating the new year by making plans for 2023 – garden plans, house project plans, and of course, travel plans! I've been busy working on an itinerary for a late-September Grand British Textile Tour. On this trip, we will be exploring some fabulous new experiences, stay tuned for the full details. In the meantime, I've rounded up a few videos I thought you might like to watch, as well as a fascinating fiber artist to check out.
I've been getting questions about our 2023 tours, so I thought I better post an update. While I have some great ideas for new tours, I'm currently waiting to set dates until I see how some events are going to pan out for next year.
They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder, and I think that is as true about places as it is about people. After a two-year hiatus, we were finally able to take our Grand British Textile Tour to London and the Lake District. The two years of waiting to get back to London felt particularly long, given the circumstances that kept all of us home. I spent a lot of time watching British TV, reading British authors, and generally doing whatever it took to ease my Anglophile longings for travel. On the day that I finally arrived in London, any anxiety about traveling went away when I stepped out of the tube into the city center and felt like I was finally home.
This week, the Outer Hebrides of Scotland are looming large in my imagination. It's all due to Freya North's new book, Little Wing, which I devoured over the weekend. She is a favorite author of mine, and one of her special gifts is her setting descriptions. This book was partially set on the rugged island along the coast of Scotland, and now I'm dreaming of craggy, windswept beaches.
There are many things that I'm looking forward to on the Grand Swedish Textile Tour – after all, Sweden has a rich textile history. But, I'm particularly looking forward to visiting the ABBA Museum. I'm especially thrilled to see the costumes – you can even play virtual dress-up in their grooviest sequined finery. There is also the option to get on stage for some karaoke. I'm not much of a singer, but if you'll do it, I'll do it.
Everybody is talking about the new movie Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana. Specifically, I keep hearing about the costumes, which are supposed to be phenomenal. In this article, designer Jacqueline Durran discusses the task of reinterpreting Princess Diana's iconic wardrobe for this fictionalized world, creating a balance of recognizably "Diana" outfits that weren't actual recreations.
I've been thinking about Scotland this week. Romantic, vast green landscapes, cozy Shetland sweaters, heavy tartan blankets, and even vegan haggis (it looks awful, but is surprisingly tasty!). I'm thrilled to announce that we have a date for The Grand Scottish Textile Tour! We are heading over May 26 - June 4, 2022, and I hope you will join us.