Mingei International Museum
Kantha: Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal
October 28, 2017– March 25, 2018
San Diego, California Learn More
I came across this Exhibition, from one of the mailing lists I am on – yes, I’m still talking about mailing lists.
The image is very striking, and I’d never heard of Kantha before, so I looked up the link above, and this is how it described it.
This exhibition features approximately 40 kantha
from Mingei’s permanent collection.
Kantha is a term used across the Indian sub-continent to denote decorative stitched quilting. In Gujarat, hangings patterned with concentric circles or squares in running stitch are known as kanthas, while in Bengal, kanthas are stitched for a variety of purposes, such as winter quilts, covers and wraps for books and valuables or as mats for ceremonial purposes. They are most often given to daughters on the occasion of their marriage, as a token of love, or as a gift for a new-born child or grown son. They are often, as tradition has it, made up of old cast off saris or dhotis. They can be the work of two or more generations of women and are treasured as family heirlooms.
I’d love to go to the exhibition, but its in California – so if anyone does go there, especially if prompted by this blog, do let us know what you think of it!
COME TO THINK OF IT –
IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO WRITE A SHORT PIECE
ABOUT ANY CRAFT EVENT OR EXHIBITION THEY HAVE BEEN TO,
I’D BE HAPPY TO PUBLISH IT ON THIS BLOG FOR YOU!
ANY ONE, FROM ANYWHERE, ABOUT ANY EVENT THAT’S LINKED TO ANY CRAFT
DON’T BE SHY, IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A MASTERPIECE
BUT YOU DO NEED TO HAVE TAKEN SOME DECENT PHOTOS OF IT!
WHO’S GOING TO BE FIRST?
PLEASE GO TO THE CONTACT ME PAGE AND SEND ME A MESSAGE!
LET’S SEE IF WE CAN GET THIS IDEA OFF THE GROUND!
Let’s hope peace breaks out among my irate customers, after I made the mistake of not realising how much was going to change now that I have upgraded to Sierra! I really do apologise that the first “newz from julz” email I sent out after all these months, wasn’t private.
It seems I was wrong in my original explanation – I was searching for all the help info about the “contacts” software, and I couldn’t find a solution. In the old version, there was a box to tick for any group you wanted to keep private, and because I’d put the mailing list groups together over the last few years, I didn’t even imagine that they no longer were PRIVATE!
I did finally did another test this morning, with my sister and a cousin – who wouldn’t mind each others email addresses being displayed, and I got the same result as I had with the mailing list!
Then I “asked Siri” but it couldn’t find an answer either, “he” directed me to Office, which I don’t use, and a discontinued BBC page – which actually mentioned the Bcc trick.
Then I had an online “conversation” with Apple Help and found that they hadn’t bothered putting a privacy facility into the new “contacts” software – because you just use the Bcc field for the group when you a send an email!
It’s simple isn’t it – but I do wish they had put a line about that in the support section for “contacts”, it would have saved me a lot of time and worry, and my customers a great deal of annoyance.
Sorry – promise for sure now that it won’t happen again!
So now I can send out another email to the mailing list to apologise to everyone, cos not many will have checked this blog!
Yes, I know this is a total change of subject!
I went to Llandysul Agricultural Show yesterday, and it was the best organised show I’ve been to, beautifully laid out, with plenty of room for all the animals and their owners transport. The weather was warm and the views of the hills around the area, gave it a very relaxed feel. Unfortunately for the organisers, it wasn’t as full of visitors as they’d have liked.
I “got into” agricultural shows when I first moved from London to Ystalyfera, and found myself co-opted as “official photographer” of the Swansea Valley Show – which unfortunately is no longer held.
If you happen to share my enthusiasm – there’s quite a lot of my photos of various shows taken over the years, on my rather neglected other blog “The Spare”
The straw baler is powered here by running the tractor connected to the 1948 machine through the long ‘canvas band’ which turns the wheels. I’m not sure what the original power source was – all I can say is that it makes a very satisfying mesmerising racket!
In this demonstration, the straw is in the white sacks on the ground and thrown up to the man at the top who empties them into the hopper.
(PS: after I published this I had a thought – it must have been a thresher with a straw baler, cos that big piece of machinery wasn’t made just to ‘straighten straw’! – I just assumed it was a baler cos that was what it was doing at the time – and there wasn’t any information board in front of the machine – apologies!)
Which comes out “combed” at the other end. The man who was making sure the straw got into the next part of the process, has stood in the wrong place, so he’s got straw on his back instead. However, its a great picture to show where the straw is coming from! It then goes thro’ the actual baler, and gets compacted into the familiar shape of a straw bale – and I think – the bale is automatically tied with twine to keep it in shape.
I did manage to have a quick word with the owner as they were packing up the machine, near the end of the show, and he told me it was a 1948 machine that he actually brought down from Scotland, as the machine was never used in Wales, because it was too expensive. He bought it for £6,000 about 5 years ago and had to do a fair bit of work on it to get it running again!
It must be a huge job, transporting it anywhere – just wondering how he even got it to the Show Field! It attracted a lot of attention from the visitors.
A few more pictures – I didn’t try to cover the whole show, there were also cows & sheep and dogs etc etc as well as a craft tent and the all important food and beer tents!
Apologies to everyone on my mailing list, I sent out a “newz from julz” update to you this morning, and whereas there was a facility on my old computer system, Mountain Lion, to hide all the addresses in a group, which I aways used, and I assumed it was the same with Sierra. (see Digital Nightmare!)
However, it seems they work on the basis that if you start a new group, you can decide then whether the email addresses in the group are available to everyone who gets it, or to keep them private – but there is no way to do this with a group already put together!
I couldn’t find a facility to do it any other way, and thought that because the old groups were already private, they would stay so!
I just got a “remove” email from someone, and the whole list of recipients was on it!
I got a real shock!
I promise you I won’t let this happen again, even if it means having to enter each separate email address into new group!
I really can’t apologise enough – but I honestly didn’t realise what was happening!
UPDATE – on 4 Sept: The problem has now been resolved – please see
After upgrading my computer operating system, and having a panic about the email accounts – see my previous post – things are more or less working again! I haven’t yet worked out how to use all the changes that Sierra brings – but it seems to be working fine now – thank goodness!
So, I am glad to say that I’m starting to get back to business!
I haven’t yet got all the stock listed, and will be adding items to the shop continuously from now on. I have to go back to Ystalyfera for a meeting about the landslip this week, and will get some more of my stock out of storage.
I started with Etsy, simply because they kept all my listings, even tho’ they were inactive, so it made it easier to just update them. I will put some of the items up on ebay as well, but I don’t want to get muddled about keeping the listings accurate just now, as the quantities need to be updated on each listing when items get sold.
So, please have a look at the Etsy site, the page will display, even if you aren’t registered with them, and if you want to buy any of the items, without having to register, please just get in touch with me via the CONTACT ME form that you will find if you open that page.
I will be happy to let you BUY DIRECT – by sending you a Paypal invoice, which will give you the reassurance that should there be any problem, you can get your money back.
This is the stock list so far – just to give you an idea! Full information is displayed for all the current listings. If you want any of the cones of yarn, please order NOW as the supplier is no longer trading, and the stock listed is all I have!
I wil be sending out a “newz from julz” to all past customers on the mailing list, and hope that things will work smoothly from now on! I can’t wait to be back to business – smile!