Catch up

Hello everyone – it’s amazing how time flies isn’t it? We’ve had a couple of enquiries on the website to ask if all is well and about things like magazines and more postings because we’ve been a bit quiet!

Apologies – we are still here and working hard, though not producing any more magazines at the moment.

We have just finished an exhibition at the Festival of Quilts which was hugely successful – the artists did some amazingly diverse work based on the theme of “A Portrait”. We also displayed work from those who took part in the Portrait Shuffle, which was a fundraising event organised by us to support Save the Children.

Anyone could take part in The Shuffle, all you had to do was purchase a pack from us that included an A5 canvas, leaflets, postage etc.  Then you had to make a portrait on that canvas using any technique and media, before sending it back to us. All of the returned canvasses were exhibited on the Through Our Hands Gallery space at Festival of Quilts and were seen by thousands of visitors from all around the globe. Once the exhibition was over, we did ‘the Shuffle’ and each canvas was sent to a different participant of the project. There were some amazing canvases including ones made by Through Our Hands Affiliate Artists Sandra Meech, Jette Clover, Bethan Ash, Mirjam Pet Jacobs, Alicia Merrett, Bente Vold Klausen, Michaela Gyetvai, Sue Stone and Eszter Bornemisza. Just imagine getting one of those in the post – what a treat!

Laura and Annabel also spent quite a bit of time over the 4 days of the Festival, painting live on pre-loved quilts.

We raised a total of £2,308.72 for this amazing charity – you can see all the shuffles etc on our blog at The money will be used to help children from the UK and around the world.

It was hard work hanging all the 180 canvases which went around 3 of the walls of our gallery, but we were ably assisted by Graham and Jamie who have our endless thanks!

A special little thank you should also go to our youngest entrant – little Amelie who is only just 4 (nearly 5 – apparently this is very important) Here she is with mum pointing to her work which is now in Australia. Well done Amelie! You can read a bit more on Laura’s blog here.

This year will be a busy one for Linda and Laura, and I’m sure they’ll be sharing that with you on their websites and blogs. Annabel will be at Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum on Friday 13th October at 1pm onwards to talk about Life 18 Self Portrait In The Third Person, and how and why it was made. Do come along and say hi.

Bye for now, and thanks for reading!