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Duke St Leith

So I had to do this thing and every time I was about to do it something was wrong. The weather, the light, too tired. Eventually I twigged you just have to do it. There is no perfect moment. The perfect moment is an excuse. We have to get stuck in. In the imperfect midst of it all.

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We are looking for volunteers to knit and craft for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this year which will be installed from Mount Florida Station to Mount Florida Primary School 21 -22 July 2014. You can…

Social Media Event: #Glory2014 @GlasgowTramway

GloryTonight I finally got to see Glory at Tramway, Glasgow and boy was it worth the wait.

Glory is part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme which compliments the Commonwealth Games; the starting point for Janice Parker’s choreography. She decided not to hold any auditions which I think has helped with the diversity of performers. All have personal connections to the commonwealth but from age to ability, size to previous performance experience they were as diverse as, well, the athletes who will perform this summer.

1-DSC_0862One of the fab things about social media events is you get up close to the sets and I really love the simplicity of Richard Layzell’s designs. The movable pieces are integral to the story as Janice Parker and the performers answer the question what would a performers – rather than athletes – village be like? What rituals would they perform? How would they inhabit the space?

1-DSC_0878I’m a bit loathe to tell you too much about the actual performance. You are taken on a journey which isn’t as scary as it sounds but rather allows you to feel more part of the whole experience. If you’ve ever wanted to go backstage or get close to a stage set then this is for you.

Yes it is a community affair but don’t think church hall Christmas panto, this is a very slick affair. The performers have helped create the piece under Janice and her team’s careful guidance. They began meeting in January once a week and the result is a very self-assured, powerful and uplifting dance.

1-DSC_0882One thing to look out for is the colour of their clothes. I believe the initial idea was they would be gold, silver and bronze but after input by the performers it was changed to gold, red and grey. To them the performance symbolises sunset to sunrise and new beginnings. That’s something I can relate to.

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Glory is on at Tramway until Monday 10th March 2014 & there’s a 2.30pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets are priced at £12/£8/£6.

Now go book your tickets! I’m going back on Saturday evening & am already smiling at the thought.

Social Media Event for Glory at Tramway

Looking forward to taking part in this event. Will blog about 😉

Glasgow Craft Mafia

Glory

Do you blog, tweet, Instagram or photograph arts events in Glasgow? If so the social media launch of Glory at Tramway on 4th March is a must for you.

Glory is a performance which is part of the Commonwealth Games culture programme and we’re pretty excited about it.

The event on 4th March is a chance for bloggers, etc to find out more about the performance as there will be a discussion with Janice Parker and her long-term collaborator, visual artist and designer, Richard Layzell. Afterwards stay and watch the performance whilst taking some photographs then write your blog to tell EVERYONE about the forthcoming public performances.

The social media launch is free however you will need to register your place with Eventbrite as spaces are limited.

See you there!

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2013 – my blog stats

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for my blog.

I had hoped to blog every week but naughty me got sidetracked…must try harder next year 😉

Well, thank you for reading. Have a fun Hogmanay & come back in 2014 to read more of my adventures in embroidery & crafting.

Jules x

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 6,500 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Gifted: book sculptures on tour

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In 2011 an anonymous person left a series of paper sculptures around Edinburgh in various venues such as the Scottish Poetry Library. Now they’re touring Scotland.

Currently they’re in the Mitchell Library, Glasgow just inside the Granville Street entrance. If you’ve a free hour please go and see them as you’ll be amazed.

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Each piece plays on the books and poetry they are created from and celebrate words, art and the freedom they give us. Here’s a fab blog post about the history of these sculptures and Chrisdonia has the best photos of them I’ve seen.

The exhibition is on until 27th October before moving to Dunfermline then back to Edinburgh.

While you’re there don’t forget to look at the exterior of the building which is stunning too.

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Scenes from the Benedictine by William Hole.

Review: Little Birds Market

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A quick post to say a big
THANK YOU
to everyone who came along to the Little Birds Market at Sloans, Glasgow yesterday. I won’t harp on about enjoying selling my work at fairs and markets but I do want to let you know what you missed.

Sloans dates back to 1797 but the market with vintage fair is the new kid on the block. Organised by Laura from Love Me Again she managed to bring together a lovely group of makers and sellers for her first market.

For those of you who have not been here before let me explain Sloans is on three floors. The ground being traditional pub with wee restaurant, the first floor with small & medium-sized rooms and the top floor is a grand ballroom which is used for weddings, ceilidhs and the regular film night.

The top floor was filled with lovely vintage clothes and crockery as well funky jewellery, amazing cakes by The Flamingo Bakery (honestly you have to try them) and even Ashley of Make It Glasgow had her spinning wheel with her.

The Ballroom filled with wonderful vintage goods

Ashley from Make It Glasgow

I was on the first floor in a beautiful oak paneled room with four other lovely sellers. As t was busy from 11am I didn’t get a chance to really talk to them but thought you might like to see their work.

Florence Box Jewellery - http://www.florenceboxjewellery.co.uk

Naturally Yours Designs – http://www.naturallyyoursdesigns.co.uk

Lucy Jackson Designs – http://www.lucyjacksondesigns.com

OH! Almost forgot, with all this shopping you’ll need a cuppa tea and a cake. This is provided by Mrs Sloan on the first floor and yes the tea is served n bone china cups!

I’ll be back on Sunday 19th June and if you enjoyed it or want to see it for yourself get that date in your diary now.

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 5,900 times in 2010. That’s about 14 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 35 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 63 posts. There were 98 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 111mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 6th with 298 views. The most popular post that day was Inspiration.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were handembroidery.ning.com, facebook.com, glasgowcraftmafia.com, twitter.com, and makeitglasgow.co.uk.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for frida kahlo, audrey hepburn clothes, chanel sketches, audrey hepburn costume, and audrey hepburn chanel.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

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Inspiration October 2009

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Coco before Chanel August 2009

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Make It Glasgow – a sneaky peek September 2010

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The Mafia heads north November 2010
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All About Me June 2009
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Inver Cottage

Back in Glasgow after a lovely day with my mafia friends at Inver Cottage.

We lucked out with the weather and although it was pretty misty & icy on the roads when the dun came put the views were stunning.

I met some lovely people, got fab feedback on my goodies and can really recommend their potato & leek soup.

Now I’m putting my finishing touches to Jill’s prize and thinking up some new designs.

Stay warm.