On the Changing of the Season

It’s been a good week. A big factor is the gentle autumnal weather, with the occasional night time shower of rain. This is balm after a summer of dry earth, heat and drought. Then there was the excitement of our first foray into the Grahamstown-Makanda market scene.

We were made to feel very welcome with our Fabrications and Nonsuch Woodware stall at the Sunnyside Street Festival. Even the person living in the house didn’t mind at all that we were on her doorstep with my banner strung to her burglar guards.

There was certainly a festive atmosphere in Atificer’s Square, where the market was held on the first of May public holiday. There was live music, street performers, good coffee and food stalls, old and new friends amongst the throngs of people, a Great Dane and other dogs, about 50 stalls with a variety of hand crafted goods, plants, food, flowers, vintage jewellery and clothes, etc.

This was taken late in the afternoon, pretty much after the carnival was over

Thanks must go to Phillipa Irvine, the intrepid organiser. It must have been a lot of work to arrange to get the streets closed off and to get permission from the residents to hold the street festival in this old part of town (where artisans lived in the 1800s).

The third thing that has made it a good week is the coming together of a textile work that I have been mulling over for quite a while. When it is finished and when the time is right, I will post a photograph and description. Meanwhile here is a slice of it as a WIP (work in progress).

I used some of the “paper” dolls that didn’t quite match the black and white and grey theme as embellishments on covered notebooks, made for the market.

11 thoughts on “On the Changing of the Season

  1. Wish I could have attended the festival…I love that sort of event, especially when there’s an (he)artist I’m interested in seeing/buying from. But I’m in a different time zone – heh, heh. 🙂
    I also enjoy seeing people’s WIPs – glad you posted a few photos. Can’t wait to know about the finished project.
    Take care


  2. Dear M, a great read, something I look forward to every week. Love your archive quilt and can’t wIt to see the finished WIP! K


  3. Oh, that market looks wonderful! I’m a little envious of your climate, which makes outdoor gatherings like that less of a gamble 😂 I’m intrigued to see your mystey WIP, too!


  4. I do love a good market, and this one looks lovely. Glad to hear that the weather has been giving some relief, too! What a cute and festive banner! And, glad to see that the dolls are coming together. Lovely!


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