I have a confession to make: On Saturday, I went to a talk by vintage designer, Jayne Turner. And whilst I enjoyed her talk tremendously, I couldn't help thinking of you and how much you probably would have enjoyed listening to her too.
This talk was one in the series organised by the Borders Textile Group and, in my defence, I hadn't studied this month's programme in advance as I didn't think that I'd be able to make it (but then the planned knitting workshop was cancelled). To be honest, I was just pleased to be able to attend (I so thoroughly enjoyed my first meeting that I immediately paid my subscription to join the group for the year, only afterwards realising that I couldn't attend the next two meetings (due to sister’s wedding and work). Then, in my over-exaggerated way, I worried about whether or not I'd ever be able to go to another meeting ever again). When, on Friday night, I finally checked the subject of the talk, it was too late to contact you. Sorry.
So Jayne Emma Turner, Freelance Vintage Designer – as a vintage guru, she's probably even on your radar. She gave a very interesting, frank and honest talk about her career past and present, as well as her immediate plans for the future. Jayne walked us through some of her designs – photos, samples and garments – and I particularly enjoyed seeing how something she created was then re-modelled for the mass market. I was also impressed with the positive way that she described her work, that a finished design was "very beautiful" or that she had applied a "complicated" series of printing / embroidery / embellishment techniques. I guess that, in her line of work, there's no room for false modesty and it was refreshing to hear her speak so confidently about her designs. I wonder if I should be a little more like that? When appropriate, of course.
I do have some good news though: Jayne is holding a workshop on Saturday 25th May for the Borders Textile Group where we’ll be making a vintage style collar. I’ve already signed up for the workshop and if you think that this is something you’d be interested in (and obviously I'd love you to join us!), then Gill's contact details are on the BTG website.
Also, on Sunday 12th May, there's the Vintage Fashion and Textiles Fair in Newcastle. (Unfortunately this is the day after my socks workshop in Glasgow so I may not get a "pass" for a second outing in the same weekend – but if you’re interested and want the company, I might be able to wangle something....!).
Again, I'm really sorry that I wasn't organised enough to invite you in time to Jayne's talk.
Hope to catch-up with you soon,