the ups and downs of summer 2011

summer has been a funny old affair, I had so much planned; travelling, meeting up with friends, exhibitions and of course, reading, my summer project for uni; colour and pattern

and work experience.  I was doing ok getting on gradually.  May bought the Month of Marks hosted by Cameo Curio where I tried to create everyday! I spent the day with Claire Heminsley, teaching her how to work her wordpress blog!  It was brilliant, spending the  day in her home and incredible studio, oohhh and did I mention the homemade bread – gorgeous!

I’d started my volunteer work at the DCA and got the opportunity to do some classes there and catch up on news from artists I’d met the previous year –

photo etching with Rob

paper making with Marianne

I had the Kalamkari exhibition at the Botanics

detail of  two of my pieces for the Kalamkari exhibition

I was making  progress albeit slow with my summer project when this all came to an abrupt end – I went into hospital for a routine exploratory operation – 20 minutes maximum, 3 hours later I was still in surgery then rushed with lights and siren up to Ninewells 😦  I could write a book here about service design in the NHS – this was the same problem I mentioned  back in second year – semester one when I was looking at  service design and has been ongoing since April 2010! Need I say more and I don’t really want to write a book I want to print textiles. I still have another 2 consultants to see – this is when I wish I’d had medical insurance.

Anyway I’m still recuperating – I cant believe how my life has turned upside down and inside out and how pathetically weak I still am ! Its been pretty lonely too as I’m still not been able to drive. But this will not beat me – I am gradually starting to work on my summer project again and have attempted to start reading the books, from my list.  I’ve been playing around on my web site too  – see what you think and perhaps let me know

I’ve  had the chance of two other work experience places – one I’ve had to let pass as I was needed straight away but the other with Claire Heminsley could perhaps still go ahead.


From 3 – 11 September I will be taking part in Perth Open Studios as part of the Kalamkari Textile Group, we can be found here.  We’re number 37 on the lime route in the wonderful studio of Morag Gray, at Kirkside Studio, Kirkside, Abernyte, Inchure PH14 9SS.

Directions: From A90, Inchture exit follow B953 to Abernyte. At the school, turn right to the church. We are second on the right after the church on the road to Knap/ Tullybaccart.

I will have items for sale at very reasonable prices; screen prints – here are a sample

etchings, collagraphs, textiles and gorgeous bunting, birds and lavender hearts for sale – photos to follow. There will be lots of other arty goodies for sale too.

Hopefully I’ll be back to normal very very soon and I’ll get back into my exercise routine which was started at the beginning of the summer hols!!! and I’ve learned patience if nothing else this summer – hopefully see everyone soon and enjoy the rest of summer x

9 thoughts on “the ups and downs of summer 2011

  1. Judy! What a summer! So sorry to hear you’ve been poorly – but pleased you’re beginning to get back on your feet. Your work is looking lovely – the ‘fragment’ image is really nice.
    Looking forward to the next installment…

    • Hello Hannah, its crazy how life changes so quickly but everyday sees me a little stronger and I do have a lot to be thankful for. Thank you for your lovely comment – Judy

  2. Hi Judy, I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve not been well. You should have got in touch, I would have come to visit you. In fact I still can but after the Pittenweem festival which ends on the 14th.
    Hope you continue to get better, great news about the stairs!
    Love Moira

  3. Hi Judy so sorry to hear you have been unwell hope you are on the mend and getting ready to head back to DOJ. Guess what I will be seeing you there as I am one of the designers in residence this year which I am so excited about.Looking forward to seeing you soon take care. Tricia Griffin

    • Hello Tricia – this is sooooo exciting for you and it’ll be lovely to see you again this year- definitely pop in to see you lots. I so hope Ill make it back, got to see another two consultants 😦 but I’m being positive and telling myself I will be fit and well and healthy! Enjoy the rest of summer – love Judy x

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