Thursday, 10 November 2011

Introducing... Gaynor Ringland

Gaynor has been running workshops at Millie Moon for a couple of years, and has recently joined the team working in the Frome/Wells shop. We caught up with her to find out more about her sewing habits.

1) How did you learn to sew? Is it something that you've always done?
Ummm... I'm afraid that I taught myself the basics, but my Mum did show me how to do embroidery when I was a girl.

2) What is your favourite type of sewing project? Do you have a picture you could share with us?
I really like to make collages using paper and fabrics. I love the combinations and the different textures and messing around until they look good (see picture below).

3) How did you come to work at Millie Moon? And what do you enjoy most about being part of team Millie Moon?
I am the new girl! I have been running workshops for Rachel and Becki for a couple of years and I supply the shop with some of my goodies (finished collages as well as collage kits). I was so glad when they asked me to be part of the team, as I love spending time in the shop. It's very inspirational!

4) What gadget or tool could you not live without for crafting?
Well I suppose my main tool is my sewing machine. I'm not very good with gadgets as I am rubbish at reading instructions. I just want to get on with it!

5) Who is your favourite fabric designer/ textile artist/ sewing-related person? And why?
I love Abigail Brown's fabric birds (follow these links at your peril - this is a temptation warning!), they are gorgeous. Also, Tamar Mogendorff makes lovely birds and houses. Anyone that makes birds is a winner, oh and Poppy Treffry, I think her work is very distinctive and very English.

6) Where can we see more of your work?
You can find my work in Millie Moon shops in both Frome and Wells, and I shall be at the Christmas at the Barn in Mells at the end of November.

Finally, Gaynor runs workshops regularly, so keep an eye out for the new timetable and do call the shop (01373 464650) to find out more!

1 comment:

Kate sharp said...

30 years 30 plinths !

Hi trying to find Gaynor please help thanks Kate

Dear Artist

I am trying to reach as many artists as possible who have occupied a workshop in The Black Swan Arts over the last 30 years. One of the many ways The Black Swan are celebrating their 30th anniversary is to hold an exhibition for the 30 Artist’s for the four weeks leading up Christmas, and what a great way to end a great year!

I am looking for 1 piece of work from each of the 30 artists to exhibit on various sized plinths . It is your choice whether to donate all your proceeds of the sale of your work to The Black Swan or just their normal commission. It can be something you made a long time ago if you are no longer working or something made especially for this exhibition .

The exhibition will open November 26th with the Private view November 25th, so work must be delivered by 8th Nov and no later. Also we would love you there on the 25th for a small reunion, and we would also like to encourage you to invite as many friends and family as possible to the show over the 4 weeks as a thank you to The Black Swan.
Apart from raising money for The Black Swan we want this exhibition to raise awareness that we are still here and want to be as busy and popular as we were at our peak so we can be here for the next 30 years !

Please contact me as soon as you can, even if to say you are not interested, and hopefully you will be or you may know someone who is?

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