Friday, 24 May 2013
Yarndale is a festival of creativity celebrating traditional and contemporary crafts using wool, cotton, linen and silk in an area which is still the home of many yarn based businesses: Skipton whose name is derived from the Old English word sceap meaning sheep. Known as the gateway to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, Skipton is famed for its 900 year old medieval castle, home to the feisty Lady Ann Clifford, and historic cobbled high street. Sheep are vital to this hill farming region and have a massive impact on the life and landscape of this area of outstanding natural beauty. Yarndale is an exciting new event for established and new creative talents and is held in the Auction Mart. With over 100 exhibitors this is a definitely-not-to-be-missed event. For more details, click here.
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Thursday, 23 May 2013
You can see here that a mark of her works is her initials: DFS. The F is for her maiden name, not her middle given name, which commenced with C. Dorothy, fondly called Dot, lived most of her life in East Stroudsburg where she was known as a gifted watercolor artist and maker of hooked rugs. She was born in 1908 in Hazleton to Grover and Mary Ferry. She married Sterling Strauser in 1928, her high school sweetheart, and they both went on to attend Bloomsburg University.
Dorothy was a self-taught artist who made hooked rug pictures from textiles she collected and dyed herself. Her works like World Peace above are much sought after. Besides being artists, Dorothy and Sterling were collectors and supporters of American folk art. In recognition of their efforts, authors Chuck and Jan Rosenak dedicated to the couple their exhaustive Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century American Folk Art and Artists in 1991; the Folk Art Society of America awarded Dorothy and Sterling its Annual Award of Distinction in 1993; and Dorothy won COTA’s award for the visual arts in 2003. They have one daughter, Jill, born in 1933.
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Wednesday, 22 May 2013
Some of you know that my great-niece is in Vet school - at the moment she's working hard on her dissertation. Unthinkable in my day, she boards in a mixed house. The other day she grabbed these shots going through the living room of Ed, one of the other Vet students, knitting. This aroused such interest, that now they are all now knitting or learning to knit. Ed was taught to knit by his granny. Isn't that wonderful - that a grandson was taught to knit, that he bothered himself to learn, still remembers and can show others how a Teletubby does it? (PS Just heard my great niece has achieved her first degree and is now enlisted to study for a Master's degree.)
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013
On 23 May 2013 Sotheby’s London will offer a celebrated work by Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt in its sale of 19th Century European Paintings, along with other important works by Scandinavian artists. Painted in 1885, The Boys’ Workhouse, Helsinki comes to auction for the first time in almost thirty years, with an estimate of £350,000-450,000 (€411,000-530,000). The painting, which combines the influences of Edelfelt’s years in France with his innate love of his homeland, will be on public view in Helsinki on Friday, 26 April at the Galerie Donner (Havsgatan 1, Helsinki, Finland) from 10am to 12.30pm. In attendance will be Adrian Biddell, Senior Director and Head of Sotheby’s 19th Century European Paintings Department, Claude Piening, Senior Director, 19th Century European Paintings, and Anna-Maija Bernard, appointed by Sotheby’s in 2012 as the company’s representative in Helsinki.
Posted by N E E D L E P R I N T at 20:00