Sunday, 26 February 2017

Colouricious Block Printing Holiday. 11 days in Jaipur, January 20th - 31st. Part the fourth.

A cupboard door made up of all kinds of off cuts of old damaged furniture.
Fabulous layers of design.

This is my last post about our amazing trip to Jaipur - life is marching on! 
While the holiday was a specialist block printing one - we did so much more. Jamie certainly knows how to show you a good time, usually with some special extras. like elephant painting, a trip to a special block printing village and 2 rather special dinners. if you are tempted - here is the link to the Textile Holidays -

The block printing was great fun and most of the group are now quite experienced printers. It was a wonderful opportunity to work in so many different workshops and factories.

 Having the factory workers on hand to help was a special treat.

 There were various trips to all kinds of delights. My favourite was a visit to a salvage yard - just heaven. such a wonderful mix of colours, design and texture. I could have spent a week there drawing . . maybe next time . .

 Such a wonderful source of design of ideas.

No two holidays are the same with Colouricious. Jamie is always finding new venues and excitements to share with her groups. There really is something for everyone.

We ate in some beautiful restaurants and drank in one amazing bar . . . 

Looking back over the photos I took, I am reminded that Jaipur is an incredible source of design. Everywhere you look, up, down, all around you - there is inspiration. I can feel another trip coming on. Maybe one based on design, a journey inspired by we can see around us, more sketch book work . . and several trips!!! Mmmmm - maybe January 2019. I think I will make a suggestion to Jamie . . . . 


I am now just about ready to load the car ready to leave in the morning to drive to Belfast where I will get the ferry to Scotland. I will be staying with a good friend and her family in Belfast tomorrow night. One of the good things about so much travel - I do get to catch up with friends on the way. 
I will get the ferry to Scotland on Tuesday ready to set up my stand for the Glasgow show on Wednesday. I will be at the Sewing and Quilting Show at the SECC. March 2nd - 5th. I will be on stand S04 and will be giving a lecture every day. I am looking forward to catching up with more mates at the show.
Hopefully I will see some of you there.


Hello Jill - not too long now.
Hello Diana, have tried to ring a couple of times - you were engaged. Will try again. Want to dates with you to get you over here. Poor Les!!!
Hello Tod - was wonderful to talk to you with my sis yesterday.

x x x

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Colouricious Block Printing Holiday. 11 day in Jaipur, January 20th - 31st. Part the third.

Wonderful colours and shapes.

As you can imagine, India is full of the most stunning images. The colours, forms, shapes and patterns just make your head spin. Here are a few of the shots I took on the 11 day trip around Jaipur.

Whilst the trip was a block printing extravaganza, we also got out and about, in an air conditioned coach, to enjoy the local area. One of the many great things of going on a trip with Jamie is that she is so enthusiastic about showing you 'behind the scenes' of life in India. There is nothing Jamie enjoys more than exploring the back streets of Jaipur, finding new factories and workshops and other delights to share. Discovering new experiences for her guests. Each trip is different.
Just look at the trips that are on offer -

Our holiday included the Amer Fort, just out side Jaipur. A stunning building.  
One of the highlights of a visit to the fort is to travel up the hill to it on an elephant. The elephants are under the protection of the government and there are strict rules as to how many journeys up the hill the elephants make per day. 

 Their are wonderful views from the fort - so high up.

 The elephants arriving up at the fort and some of our group disembarking.

 The elephants on their way back down the hill.

The fort is highly decorated, just stunning.  . .

 . . and there are areas of calm . . 

After wandering around the fort for an hour or so - we were driven down the hill in a convoy of jeeps. At the bottom of the hill is the Anokhi Museum of Hand Printing.
A wonderful building full of block printing history with a fabulous book shop.

After the museum we all piled back in to the coach and we were off to the farm where the elephants live.

Jamie had arranged for us to paint a few of the elephants. In small groups. Everything had been carefully arranged and we were all told how to behave around the elephants - what to do, and what not to do. The head mahout gave us a fascinating talk about how the elephants were kept and cared for. did you know that an elephant can live to over 90 years old?
 All the elephants are used to being painted, it almost becomes a game with their mahouts. A mahout is an elephant trainer. The farm we were taken to is where the elephants live with their mahouts. The elephants become part of the mahout's family.

 Everyone was quiet, but still managed to enjoy themselves. It was almost a spiritual event . .

 I think this part of the holiday was one of the highlights for a lot of the group.
It was a very peaceful, and colourful hour or so.

I have lot more to show you - so watch this space . . . 

x x x

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Colouricious Block Printing Holiday. 11 days in Jaipur. - January 20 - 31. Part the second . .

Just one of many wonderful images seen on the holiday.

OK, the second of what will probably be several posts. As this was my second trip to Jaipur and in cooler temperatures I was much happier moving around and slightly less overwhelmed by the magnificence of Jaipur. I was able to concentrate more on what was happening around me. 
One of the reasons Jamie asked me co host the holiday was to encourage any of the group who were interested to keep a journal of their time in Jaipur.
The Hotel Meghniwas was perfect for this activity as you can see from the images below.

The terrace at the hotel was a fabulous place to play with paints and crayons, pencils, printing blocks . . 
Everyone go stuck in.

Our next printing session was at another factory workshop. you could tell the group were starting to get to grips with the printing and were feeling a little more confident. It was great to be able to work with the full time block printers.
Their skill is remarkable. It takes several years of training to become a master block printer. They were very happy to work with our group and I think the workers were quite surprised at the skill in printing some of the group showed.

Wonderful buckets of colour ready to print with.
A combination of henna, gum and pigment.

Just a few of the gorgeous blocks.

The group had a fabulous time and were becoming more confident with the registering of double and triple layered designs.

While one half of the group were printing - the other half went upstairs to look at the fabrics that were for sale. We also had a Kantha stitch lesson. Once the first group finished their printing, the groups swapped around.

Those of the group that could sit on the floor, did, the rest sat on soft chairs around the room.

It made a good change to see some of the ladies at work. A lot of ladies work from home, but a few go out to work. It was a joy to work with these ladies, so gentle. We spoke on the common language of smiles and the moving of hands.
It was very peaceful after all the banging of the block printing.

After all the activity of the day some of us went onto my favourite tailors, 
Sat Guru's on Mount Road, Jaipur.
Having been to several of the other tailors in September and had clothes made at all of them, I found Sat Guru's to be the most consistent. Clothes that fitted well, were well made and not violently expensive. The assistants don't hassle you so much either. They have an enormous range of beautiful fabrics, home textiles and all manner of sparkle and shine. Heaven.

Just a few of the cotton fabrics to choose from. Sat Guru's have the best range of dabu fabrics. (the indigo dyed mud resist).

This is the lovely Bunti who became my personal shopper. 
He is great fun, very entertaining and really knows his fabrics.

Traveling to Jaipur, with all the different tailors, gives you a fabulous opportunity to have clothes copied or you can choose from patterns. The tailors are so experienced they can almost make clothes for you without measuring you. You are really spoilt for choice. Most of the group came home with several new outfits.

No visit to Jaipur is complete with out a visit to walkway along by the Jal Mahal, or Water Palace, it is so very beautiful, very romantic.

Jal Mahal Jaipur.

I have more images of around and about Jaipur to show you, but for the moment I will leave you with a great paint job on a tuk tuk, just fabulous.

What great inspiration, all on one tuk tuk.
love it.

Watch this space for more . . . .


I am sitting in the IDC studio in Redditch writing this post, this is the penultimate weekend for my ExTex 5 group. Their end of year show will be at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch Show at the NEC next month. with one more weekend left the pace is hotting up. They are creating some amazing work, I am very excited about what they are up to. I won't be posting any more images of their work. I will leave it as surprise for those of you who get to the show. The big reveal . .
After the show I will post the images of their work for you all to see.