Friday, May 20, 2016

Bits and pieces


  1. What an amazing collection of images that has left me wanting to know more.... I am particularly intrigued by the second one and the last three. Wonderful.

    1. Thanks, Eirene. The top two were taken at the exhibition of photographs of the Hebrides and the manufacture of Harris Tweed which we saw at Penrith on our way up to Scotland. One wall of the exhibition had combined images of landscape and wool or weaving. I loved those images, which I found inspirational, and I mentioned them in my post Tulips on the roof, with a link to reproductions of some of the combinations:
      We were fortunate to catch the last day of the exhibition when we stopped again on our way back home, and I took snaps of the combinations I liked most. The second pic. in this post is one of them. The first pic. is of the display of dyed wool before it has been spun.

      The last three photographs were taken through the window of a closed shop in Wigtown, the book town. Most of the shops in Wigtown are bookshops which sell books for reading, but this shop sold crafts of various kinds, and the window was full of books used as art, or as props for art/crafts. The last photograph is one of the latter, there being a twig holding earrings through the centre of the altered book. The open book with the horses reminded me of the work of Su Blackwell the 'magician' of that art form:
      It was disappointing that the shop was not open.

  2. Thank you for the explanation. Even better now. I really like the combination of landscape and weaving.

    When I read your previous post on Wigtown, I was reminded of an area in Athens, Exarheia where the majority of the shops are bookshops, printers and publishers. It's an area that's notorious because most of the civil unrest in Athens starts there: tear gas thrown by the police is very common there and I don't know how the inhabitants stand it. It's an interesting combination: reading and civil unrest (or riots as the powers that be call it) - but maybe it's not surprising: reading and knowledge do lead to questioning/resisting.

  3. Printing has always been a stalwart support of agitators against the powerful.