Hi Everyone, I can't believe we are nearly at the end of Week One of the Festival. As I write the sun is shining, please, please can we have a dry weekend! The Super Stitch Weekend is almost upon us, and I hope you're looking forward to it as much as I am.
Today's Masterclass Tutor is Carol Bartlett. Carol is a superstar, she came into the Masterclass programme after we had a cancellation and we are so grateful. You may know Carol from Sew Lovely in Penarth, they are doing both the Makers and Traders Market at the weekend. Carol must be another person with superhuman levels of energy, Makers and Traders and a two-day workshop!
At the time of writing there are still a couple of places available on Carol's workshop, so after reading about Carol you would like to join her on the 21st and 22nd August then head to the Masterclass page on this website. I've chosen some of Carol's work in progress pics to show you the process she will be sharing with you next week.
I hope you find Carol's answers as motivating as I did, and I love her honesty too!
What was the first thing you ever made? A red circle skirt, when I was about eleven. I had lots of adult help!
Who was instrumental in fuelling your creative spark? All of my family were very encouraging, particularly with my drawing projects. Every birthday and Christmas, I was given a giant sketch book and a pack of felt pens.
What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self just getting interested in art and creativity? Draw anything and everything all the time – without a drawing, there's no design.
What was the first record/tape/CD you purchased? The Human League, 'Dare'.
What was the last book you read? 'Everything I Know About Love' by Dolly Alderton.
James Bond or Captain Jack Sparrow? Who is your favourite action hero/heroine and why? James Bond and Jack Sparrow aren't for me. I like Katniss Everdeen because she was good with her bow.
What is the saying/mantra you try to live your life by? Just ask.
Who are the artists/creative people who have most influenced your work? So many people! But I always go back to Laura Ashley, Janet Bolton, and Marc Chagall. At the moment, I'm obsessed with urban sketchers.
(For information on Laura Ashley I suggest a search on Wikipedia, otherwise you will be seduced with images of soft furnishings and clothing, I've got your best interests at heart you know!
For Janet Bolton visit her website: www.janetbolton.com . Janet makes textile pictures using the simplest of hand sewing techniques.
What would you like your epitaph to be? Please don't turn me into a memory bear. (Is this answer allowed?)
(Hi Carol, yes the answer is allowed. Just gone on the internet and found out a bit more about Memory Bears. There are two types,one which is made up of the favourite clothing of the deceased, and the other which is what I think Carol is referring to where the ashes go into a special pouch inside the bear. I didn't even know that was a thing.)
Red sauce or brown sauce - or does it depend on the situation? Neither, Branston pickle.
What is your guilty pleasure (or is it too guilty to disclose here)? Love Island. I know.
Which historical figure would you like to have a drink with, and why? Hester 'Hettie' Millicent Mackenzie, a prominent suffragist from my town. I'm fascinated by that time of change for women.
What is the first thing you think of when someone mentions South Wales to you? Home!
What are you most looking forward to seeing/doing when you come to visit Swansea for the Festival? Mixing with like-minded people and engaging with new ideas.
Thank you Carol, for a great set of answers for the Masterclass Tutor Questionnaire. I hope I get the chance to meet you over our Super Stitch Weekend. And don't know if you know but Love Island Australia has just started on ITV, if you are still needing a fix of toned lovelies and the agonies of young love!
Are you excited yet?
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