Art in Action

I squeezed in a lovely holidayette this weekend, visiting a sunny Art in Action with my parents. It was particularly apt as we met with an uncle and aunt there and it was the first time I had visited AiA in about 20 years, the last time being to see my aunt exhibiting her amazing knitwear. In that time the show has grown massively to a rather overwhelming 41 marquees and demo stages!

Moonjar, Akiko Hirai

Moonjar, Akiko Hirai

Naturally I headed first for the ceramics marquee. As ever, everything on Akiko Hirai's stand was lovely (I wanted the whole collection), Tony Laverick's surfaces intrigued and  Tanya Gomez's colours were joyful.

once the bewliderment of so many marquees had worn off I really appreciated the range of materials styles and forms being exhibited. As well as seeing some live glassblowing, always fascinating, here's a selection of work I was especially taken by...

Still lives by Sarah Spackman

Still lives by Sarah Spackman

Textiles by Ekta Kaul

Textiles by Ekta Kaul

Embroidery by Roanna Wells

Embroidery by Roanna Wells

Willow sculpture by Lizzie Farey

Willow sculpture by Lizzie Farey

Steamed and riveted trugs by Jane Crisp

Steamed and riveted trugs by Jane Crisp

All told it was an inspiring and re-energising weekend. Who knows what might come out of it once the mental cogs have done their spinning!