Took part in the Sky Arts Portrait Festival – which was held in conjunction with the Sky Arts Portrait of the year competition – Glasgow Heats. The competition was held downstairs in the Glasgow Art Galleries and the portrait festival was upstairs. I had a lot of people coming and watching me weave my portrait of Billie Dove and I got interviewed by Frank Skinner – he even wove a tiny part of the background of the tapestry! During any breaks I got I ran downstairs to watch the contestants paint their sitters – it was fabulous to watch!
Sky Arts are holding a portrait festival in conjunction with the Scottish heats of the ‘Sky Arts Portrait of the Year Award 2013’ This will be held at Kelvingrove Art Galleries Glasgow from 11am til 5pm.
21 artists paint 3 famous sitters for an exciting new TV series presented by Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell. The Sitters are Actor John Hannah, Wheelchair Rugby Paralympian Michael Kerr and Sophie Turner from Game of Thrones.
As part of the portrait festival I will be weaving this portrait of the late great Billie Dove – famous 1920’s film actress – please do come along and watch!
Part of Tapestry made by Emma Jo Webster shown here…
Been looking at cashmere wraps and haven’t found one that’s just a bit different from everyone else’s? My name is Emmajo and I have been designing exclusive cashmere wraps for every special occasion or just for everyday wear for two decades. So read on and I’ll show you what’s in my boutique…
Cashmere is a luxuriant wool that many a fashion-conscious woman has dreamed of wearing against her skin. Its silken feel, feather-light weight, and appreciable status make it highly desirable.
Despite the glamour associated with cashmere, it hails from humble beginnings. Cashmere is the wool or fur of the Kashmir goat. Kashmir goats are primarily raised in Mongolia, but many are bred
in Iran, Tibet, India and China. American herders have also joined the
international cashmere production market in recent years.
Cashmere is harvested from the goats during their annual molting season through the shedding or the shearing of their down. In the frigid high desert climates where most of the goats are raised, the dense inner coat guards against harsh winter weather, but once seasons change, goats begin to lose the protective layer of down.
The finest cashmere comes from the underbelly and throat of the goats, but a lesser grade is also taken from the goats’ legs and backs. Longer fibers from the belly and throat area make the wool especially soft and cause less “pilling” when the fibers are woven into garments such as sweaters, shawls, capes, dresses, and coats for both men and women. The shorter fibers from the backs and legs are heavier and less expensive, making it easier to afford a luxury garment.
Cashmere comes naturally in white, gray and brown, but the wool is easily dyed. The grey and brown wool is used for darker colours and the white for the pastel colours.
Garments made of cashmere were once only available to royalty because the rarity of the wool increased its value.
Emma Jo’s Cashmere wraps are quite unique, She buys in cashmere wraps and scarves from Nepal and then appliques them with vintage silks and linens, sometimes unusual fabrics from designer Paris fashion houses. This makes the cashmere wraps completely original and often a work of art in themselves!
One of the other cashmere wraps that Emma jo makes is a 2ply cashmere blend scarf that she adorns with Harris tweed.
Napoleon is said to have popularized the use of cashmere wraps when he gave his second wife, Empress Eugenie, seventeen of them!
In more recent years, old and new-Hollywood glamour icons graced the silver screen, bringing cashmere to the hearts of people everywhere.
I’ve been working on using up some of the fabric stash I’ve created over the past few years
Every single brooch is completely one- off and has been a joy to make! I have many more for sale on my etsy page www.jemmajo.etsy.com
this is the start of new work, inspired from my other love …colour! each strand is made up from many tiny handwoven pieces and represents a plant from my wee garden , ie daisy, the rose at my front door ‘brave heart’ ,pink cowslip and some others , for me its quite a large piece made up from lots of tiny pieces each about the size of a stamp. the shape comes from my teachings of the colour wheel to florists. It feels a good start to many ideas.I love working with colourways and my love of weave…it felt right to make each piece of either cotton or linen which of course is made from plants.
had a glorious break on the isle of Luing on the west coast of scotland – were woken up by a young roe deer in the garden munching….
went for a wee walk along the cullipool road
almost wanted to move there!
Can’t believe I haven’t been on here for so long! Been doing lots of things including new scarves and lots of new tapestries which i’ll show you in future posts! i just couldn’t wait to show you my new royal stewart cashmere scarves and my robert burns check scarf.
The scarves are 2ply cashmere and the woven check or tartan is pure new wool woven in scotland. We’ve been selling these scarves in other tartans exclusively to Inverary castle in Argyll and a few other places! The scarves are 12 x 56 inches and are a complete bargin gift!
check them out in my etsy shop
www.jemmajo.etsy.com pardon the pun!
sorry for the lack of posts and pictures, I have been kinda overwhelmed with orders and working all spare hours in the new studio. I will try and get some pics up! I’m off to oban this friday to take some scarves to a shop who is intertested- and am possibly going to start asking other potential places too.
Hopefull I’ll manage to get the rest of my things in the studio – loom is still wrapped up in the garden awaiting transport and so is the smaller wooden one inside and also my grandfathers stand which I use to sit on when weaving.