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Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Pattern cutting not just for tailors

This morning I met up with Gina of Fan My Flame, to see the current exhibition at Smiths Row in Bury St Edmunds; it's called Block Party and is a touring exhibition organised by the Crafts Council. If you are interested in contemporary crafts or have ever done any dressmaking using a paper pattern, then you'll find this fascinating . . . in fact if you've never been to a modern art/makers exhibition and haven't a clue about pattern cutting, I'd recommend that you go along, you'll find all sorts of amazing things from plastic surgery techniques to beautiful ceramic pots and a tweed whale. If you can't get to any of the shows, there is an excellent Block Party website, which is where I found the 'share' button for this excellent introductory film . . .

Negative Space. from Crafts Council on Vimeo.

After the exhibition, Gina and I had a quick look around Smiths Row Shop (where we both sell a selection of our work) before heading off to that hidden gem of cafés – The Lounge in Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds. Both Gina and I stuck to our 'healthy eating' regime and ignored the cakes! instead we had the delicious Parsnip & Butternut Squash Soup.

What a lovely treat, well worth traveling through the freezing snow-fields of Suffolk for.


PS Gina . . . I admit to succumbing to the temptation of Waitrose's 'essential crumpets' . . . well they did say 'essential' and I needed something to top up my trolly so I qualified for free parking . . . that's my excuse, anyway ;-)


  1. I keep meaning to head over to Smiths Row - it sounds brilliant!

  2. It sounds perfect for me. Celia, did you get my mail about ordering the print? Would a cheque suffice?

    Have a beautiful day. It's freezing here!


  3. Thanks for sharing. I learnt pattern cutting back in 1995 at evening class.

  4. It was a treat indeed... both to see you and to see the excellent exhibition. And I love my print! I was good yesterday but I have had a muffin today!

  5. Looks fascinating Celia. Great film ... but fancy mentioning crumpets... haven't had one of those for years but it is definitely crumpet eating weather here today and I feel a trip to the bakers coming on....


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