We are a good portion through the Summer and House of Jo’s Busman’s holiday. I’ve been occupying myself not only with the usual sewing and patterning but have also managed to cram in a few working festivals. I’m finally recovered after my nearly two weeks in Glastonbury Festival’s Shangri-la and have weaned myself off afternoon/anytime naps. The event was a mix of mud and sun and noise and passed in a blur of late night shifts at Wally’s Bar and sleepless mornings as the Shangri-hell stage turned my caravan into a beat amplifier. I exchanged my magic beans for a shed on two wheels: limping home with not one but two caravans and am now the dubious owner of a late 60’s Thomson T-Line Gleneagle.
The next event was Keynsham Music Festival where I had the pleasure of working with the Lovely Maya Wolf for a whirlwind Hat Making workshop. By heck, my hands moved somewhere near the speed of light and I facilitated a marvelous mix of head based ornamentation.
Changing pace and age range in quick succession I moved onto the planning and preparation for a four day Creative Pattern Cutting Course hosted by my good self at City of Bath College. Yet again we had a great bunch of students who stood steady under a barrage of technique and practice to complete a scaled adventure in the art of pattern cutting and dressmaking.
I am now putting the finishing touches to a House of Jo workshop which will be gracing Camp Bestival this coming weekend. I’ve been cutting and sticking, swatching in Adobe Illustrator and making a series of exemplars for a Tattooed Lady and Strong Men jointed paper doll extravaganza:
Love is matching tattoos and facial hair.
Thanks are offered to The Enchanted Gallery, the template for the dolls and doll making supplies can very kindly be found here.