Just found these beautiful Liberty Prints inspired by textiles at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

http://www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/categorylist/dept/fabrics_new-season_whitworth?resetFilters=true
 
 
I haven't blogged for a while but have been busy sewing for other people. I made the canvas tent structures for a lovely exhibition at Manchester Museum called "Unearthed: Ancient Egypt". Aimed at children and schools its a great exhibition of exploring and identifying artifacts as though you were a real life explorer! Great to visit with kids as its free too.

http://www.museum.manchester.ac.uk/whatson/exhibitions/unearthedancientegypt/

 
 
I recently did a costume making workshop at the Zion Art Centre in Hulme for a performance to celebrate 100 years of Zion. The building started life as a church in the centre of the community in Hulme helping the people in times of severe poverty and creating a space for people to meet and share experiences. The Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Society was a club formed in victorian times at Zion and would be a chance to meet and chat over a cuppa and a bite to eat, a world away from the problems outside.

As a celebration of the last 100 years at Zion, the Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Society was reformed to show us the big events over the last century, the family lines that run through Zion and the myths and legends that surround the place!

The performance took place as a tour of the building with snapshots of moments acted out by some amazing young actors - very amusing and also touching portrayals of real people who have passed through the doors. The attention to detail was amazing and the feeling of passing through time really effective with use of projections, sound, space and also dance.

A massive well done to Zion and all that participated in the project, young people and professionals alike!


To have a look at some of the old photos and documents from Zion and Hulme over the last 100 years pop down to Zion Gallery space!

http://www.zionarts.com/whats-on/?id=2058
 
 
I have been a busy Easter bunny, one of my projects being involved in an exhibition in Whitechapel, London that my good friend Anne-Laure Franchette was curating. Under the theme Spontaneous Structures, a group of artists created work to put in an unused space just paces down the road from the Whitechapel Gallery! I made a garment from fabric I designed and had digitally printed based on randomly generated 'art ideas'. We had about 300 attend over the sunny Easter bank holiday weekend. I go to catch up with friends and enjoy the sunshine with one or two beers at the opening!

Check out the slideshow! www.spontaneousstructuresexhibition.wordpress.com/
 
 
Its been a while and a lot going on for Tailorbird! Just a quick post to show the cheeky cake stands made for the Royal Wedding celebrations tomorrow! These have been made to order for Anna at And the Dish ran away with the Spoon Cafe in West Didsbury for her Royal Wedding Afternoon Tea at the cafe. In typical kitsch and retro fashion, we went for the classic Charles and Di throwback to the original Royal Wedding!!!
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Pop down for fab cakes and dainty sandwiches and celebrate a bit of kitsch wedding fun!!
www.dishandspoonfood.co.uk
 
 
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A sneak preview of the cake stands I have just made for the Vintage Village market this Sunday at Stockport! I will be doing on site clothing alterations but thought I would bring along some of my new creations which I am also selling in And the Dish Ran away with the Spoon cafe in West Didsbury.

http://www.dishandspoonfood.co.uk/

Look out for this sign on Sunday at Vintage Village and you will find me and my sewing machine, and some almost-Easter-treats!
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I have got confirmation that I will be doing the Vintage Village Market at Stockport this coming Sunday! I will be provided an on-site alteration service for any vintage finds that just need a bit of tweaking, and generally giving advice on styling outfits or any other garment related issues!


Sunday 10th April 10am-4.30pm
Stockport Covered Market Hall

Check it out - hope to see you there!
 
 
Having received an alteration query by email last week, I made my way up to Heaton Moor on my bike. A little further out than I would normally venture, but as it was a beautiful spring day glad to be out and about on my bike. I arrived a little hot and bothered, and having got totally lost on the way glad to be greeted with a friendly face and a cold glass of vimto! Bliss!
My appointment was with Toni from Lady Behave! - seller of fabulous quality vintage clothes and hats, and handmade embroideries ( I love the birds in frames). We nattered like nannas and cooed over beautiful fabrics and dresses in her sun drenched room, before getting a cheeky cuddle from baby Arlo!We also discussed the forthcoming Vintage Village Fair in Stockport on Sunday 10th April - Lady Behave! will be there and hopefully I will be offering an on-site alteration service for beautiful garments that need a bit of tweeking or styling. Check out Lady Behave! on the link below and Vintage Village for updates.

http://www.ladybehave.com/

http://www.vintagevillagestockportmarket.co.uk/
 
 
I'm knee deep in plates, cups and saucers for a new venture into making cake stands and Teacup Candles! I will be selling them in the beautiful Vintage cafe in West Didsbury, And the Dish ran away with the Spoon, on Burton Rd. http://www.dishandspoonfood.co.uk/
Here is a sneak preview - more on the way....
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From Preston yesterday to Fallowfield today, looking a little strange on my bike with hat, scarf, gloves and then big sunglasses! What a beautiful day! The Vintage Textile Fair always fills me with excitement and dread as I know I will fall in love over and over and not have the funds to fulfill my wishes. I found some amazing things but found that with my new camera and permission from the lovely stall holders, it was sometimes enough just to get photos. My favourite find was these embroideries of eerie looking babies!