Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2018

I really enjoyed my visit to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival (EYF) last Friday. There was a wonderful selection of all kinds of yarn and accessories. It was a pleasure to shop at this lovely show and there was plenty of yarn inspiration for my next designs! At the moment, my knitting patterns are full of multiple shades of pink, so a visit to the John Arbon Textiles stand was a high priority! I couldn't resist this set of Knit by Numbers DK mini-skeins in all six shades of pink.

John Arbon Knit by Numbers mini-skeins
One of my favourite purchases this year was this stunning penannular shawl pin from An Caitin Beag. I was wearing my Points Scarf at the show and added my new pin straight away! You can read all about how the pins are made on the little small cat blog.

Penannular Shawl Pin by An Caitin Beag
Shown on Points Scarf by Emma Vining

This year's show was also really special as it was my first opportunity to meet the lovely Meg Rodger of the Birlinn Yarn Company (BYC). Last year I won the BYC Design Competition with my designs for the Machair Wildflower Shawl and Storm Cast Cowl. Although Meg and I had talked and messaged frequently while we worked together on the accessory patterns, we had never met. We managed to fit in a coffee before the show and have a great chat about the stunning BYC yarns and my fast approaching trip to Berneray!

Machair Wildflower Shawl by Emma Vining for the Birlinn Yarn Company
Image courtesy of BYC 
Storm Cast Cowl by Emma Vining for the Birlinn Yarn Company
Image courtesy of BYC

Everyone had an experience with the snow over the weekend. Thankfully my journeys were not too badly disrupted. I took this shot over Loch Lomond as I was flying out of Glasgow on Monday when the snow as beginning to melt. Hope that everyone got home safe and sound. See you next year at EYF!

View over Loch Lomond
Photo by Emma Vining

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Andreas Gursky Exhibition

An exciting exhibition at the Hayward Gallery explores the work of Andreas Gursky. Subjects such as landscape, architecture and crowds feature in these stunning large scale photographic prints. Having only previously seen Andreas Gursky's work reproduced in magazines and books, I was amazed at the size of the prints on display at the Hayward Gallery!

Paris, PCF (2003) by Andreas Gursky
Pattern inspiration can be seen in all of the images. Prints featuring ceiling lights, tulip fields and the Tokyo Stock Exchange depict many different levels of underlying grids, stripes and movement. "Paris, PCF (2003)" for example, shows the lamellate ceiling lights in the underground conference room of the French Communist Party. From an enormous abstract photograph of carpet floor tiles to precise satellite imagery taken far above the earth, the different scales of the subject matter are as fascinating as the size of the prints themselves. 

Visitors viewing "Paris, Montparnasse (1993)" by Andreas Gursky

Each image is full of detail and shows a unique perspective on views that may initially appear familiar. In "Paris, Montparnasse (1993)", all of the individual windows can be seen in this enormous apartment block, allowing the viewer a glimpse into the lives of the residents. From across the gallery, the apartment building also takes on a grid pattern with an pixelated appearance. In some of the works, post production techniques are used to highlight, enhance and distort certain areas of the images. For example, on the exhibition poster displayed outside the gallery, Tokyo (2017), the Japanese city view has deliberate blurring in certain areas. 

I really enjoyed this exhibition! The images beautifully show the many underlying patterns in subjects that somehow appear familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. The Andreas Gursky exhibition is at the Hayward Gallery until 22 April 2018. Information about the artist, his exhibitions and images of all his work can be found on his website, www.andreasgursky.com.

Tokyo (2017) by Andreas Gursky displayed outside the Hayward Gallery