Hello, I thought I'd have a bit of escapism today, (escape into someone else's world) seeing as the wind is whipping round the house making whoo-hoo-hoooooing sounds, and the windows are dark, and it would be nice to step out of the histrionic weather into a peaceful place. I think I just heard a scratching at the back door..................... Never mind, I've lit the wood burning stove, turned on all the lamps, made a cup of tea, and it's as cosy as a rabbit's burrow in here (I imagine bunny burrows to be very, very cosy). Lovely.
Thank you for all your lovely comments on the photos from my last post, so glad you enjoyed them. I mentioned in that post that we'd been to the Barbara Hepworth Museum in St.Ives when we were in Cornwall, and we loved it.
I hope the poor people in Cornwall who are suffering from the terrible floods are o.k. St.Austell is one of the places affected, and we were staying in the village next to it, Charlestown, whilst on holiday last week, they haven't been affected there. I'm thinking of those people in distress, their lives suddenly ruined by flooding.
And on a happier note, I feel I should mention the happy news of Prince William's engagement to Kate Middleton (or Catherine as she is to be known from now on), because I just want to mark it on my blog. I think it's fantastic, they're so sensible and cheery, and come across so well don't you think? Hugo is already bored to tears by the media coverage of it, but I'm afraid I'm quite fascinated by the whole thing! They just seem to be a safe bet somehow, you can believe their marrige will last, which is a cheering thought.
Anyway! Barbara Hepworth, that's what I was meaning to talk about! I wasn't very familiar with her work before we went to the museum. I'm sooooo glad we did go, it was fascinating. On arriving at the museum we walked through her indoor studio, housing a few 'placed' sculptures. Such beautiful work, and powerful, it's very difficult to really explain their aura unless you're standing next to them.
Then we went out into the garden, which was the exciting bit. Huge sculptures positioned between the trees and shrubs, and it wasn't a big garden.
For me the most intriguing bit was her studio in the garden, which was left just as though she had popped out for lunch.
I don't know about you, but I find artist's studios fascinating. Seeing where they create can give you clues about why their work is as it is.
To see the work coats of Barbara Hepworth, and maybe her assistants, left hanging on their nails, spattered with materials they worked with, is very real.
The visit has really stayed with me.
We were fortunate that there weren't many other visitors, I imagine in peak season it gets very crowded and difficult to see things properly. I think it's the sort of place that benefits from only a few wandering about.
I left with a strong impression of a powerful personality behind the work. The sculptures are very powerful themselves, and beautifully made, which I always appreciate in art. If we return to St. Ives, I'd like to go back to the museum again.
Just before I go off to my Wednesday night knitting group, I must show you this crochet blanket I saw in a shop window in Falmouth, Cornwall.
And I'm very aware that I've been very neglectful in not doing the pattern for the Sarah London Scarf for you, below. I'm ever so sorry about this. I know some folks want to crochet it as gifts for their loved one's for Christmas, so I must make doing the pattern my next priority.
Well, I must be off, off to knitting. Cheerio! Love Vanessa xxx