Tate Britain is to mark British artist David Hockney’s 80th birthday with the “world’s most extensive retrospective” of his work. To find out more visit news.sky.com by clicking HERE.
by Rosie Lundgren
The LINQS DH meeting at Waltham Windmill on Saturday 22nd August was a great success . After a brief business meeting the day was given over to sewing and making/meeting new friends. The Waltham ladies made us very welcome and shared lots of ideas with us so we have all come away with inspiration for gifts we can make for Christmas presents and other occasions.
When lunch time came most of us were intending to head for the tea room but our hosts informed us that they were laying on lunch for their visitors. What a lovely feast we had and it was finished off with the most delicious home made cake, obviously ladies of many talents!
We couldn’t leave without a visit to the shops, including a fabric shop and a sweet shop plus a quick tour of the museum which is full of treasures from every day life. The wonderful smell of freshly baked bread, on sale at the Mill shop, meant it was too good to resist! All in all everyone agreed it had been a lovely day.
The following photos show some of the ladies who attended the meeting as well as a selection of their work.
For textile enthusiasts the weekend will provide lots of inspiration, the chance to meet and chat with like minded crafters and the chance for some retail therapy! Several of the Lindsey Patchworkers will have their work on display. We will also have traders such as Cotton Dreams and White Cottage Country as well as Crafts, Demonstrations, and the now famous “Inspirations Tombola” which could form the start of your next little project!
The event will run from 10am through to 4pm on both days and the entrance fee of £4 includes a cup of tea or coffee and home made cake. Entrance for children is free and the hall has Disabled Access. So why not make a day of it, bring your friends, bring your family, bring a picnic and enjoy a day in the heart of the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds.
Mark Brown, Arts Correspondent for The Guardian has written an interesting article about David Hockney’s latest work. He says “After almost a decade painting the changing landscapes of North Yorkshire, David Hockney’s new body of work is resolutely set indoors and includes experimental works he describes as “3D photographs without the glasses”.
It’s a very interesting read and you can see the rest by clicking here.
by Carole Hagan
“This comprehensive and informative portrait of arguably Britain’s greatest living painter charts David Hockney’s progress from a terraced house in Bradford to the heart of the global art world.”
I enjoyed watching this documentary enormously. The film showed the homes that he lived in, members of his family -he had four brothers and sisters, and his friends and lovers.
What came across was the love and support he gained from his parents gave him security and the courage to become a painter and set up home in Los Angeles. His father had said don’t worry what the neighbours think!
He dyed his hair blond early in his career hence giving himself an image and was influenced by his favourite painter -Picasso. Picasso’s painting of The Blue Guitar inspired David to paint a series of paintings using the theme of the blue guitar.
How he got the inspiration for some of his other most well known paintings was shown and was fascinating.
He particularly explored how to represent space and the film documents his trip to see The Grand Canyon.
This film was nearly 2 hours long but the time flashed by, it was enthralling and I learnt so much about David Hockney, his life and his paintings.
I will try to make a second quilt that is not so much a copy but is inspired by him -his use of colour and shape.
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