Author Archives: Margaret Ford

Textile Study Trip to China’s Guizhou Province: Part 2

On Sunday 18 Feb 2018, the second day of our textile adventure in China’s Guizhou province, we checked out of the Trade Point Hotel in Guiyang and began making our way by road via Leishan to Xiao Danjiang to see … Continue reading

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Textile Study Trip to China’s Guizhou Province: Part 1

  This is the first of several posts intended mainly for my own benefit as a record of a wonderful trip from Perth to Guizhou in China from 17 – 28 February 2018. The capital of Guizhou province is Guiyang. … Continue reading

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Christmas gifts

Somehow the year is coming to a rapid end.  Especially as I plan  an overseas trip for the first three weeks of December! I don’t usually inflict my manipulations on people but this year I thought, probably in error, that … Continue reading

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Exhibition Opening 3: Catering- What Works?

The Story So Far Recapping the two previous blogs on this topic: serve  6-8 clean and tiny things per person over two hours. Inclusiveness It’s time to think about vegetarians, vegans, coeliacs, dairy intolerances, and whatever else manifests itself in a … Continue reading

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Exhibition Opening 2: Catering- How Much and What Not To Serve?

Picture this:  It’s opening night and the best art piece in the show is a long, suspended, drift of silk, painstakingly resisted with stitch, and dyed in several dye baths. As it wafts on the currents of enthusiastically breathed oohs … Continue reading

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Exhibition Opening 1: should we serve food?

There’s nothing like Exhibition Opening Night (or Day). So you’re having an exhibition.  You and the other exhibitors and their supporters will have been toiling away for ages.  First you had to organise a space for the exhibition.  (that’s a … Continue reading

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A Coreopsis Opportunity

A couple of weekends ago WAFTA (http://www.wafta.com.au) was invited to an Open Garden in Victoria Park here in Western Australia.  The organisers had the foresight to ask us  to complement the beautiful garden beds with demonstrations of how fabric can … Continue reading

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