Saturday, 8 March 2008

Quilty Verdict...

Now see, I'm not the kind of guy who gets invited to private viewings of things. Thrown out of, maybe, but invited in? Not so much. So anyway, this was a bit of an eye-opener for me.

If you scan down the short but highly concentrated "Mighty Friends of Cy" list to the right of this page, you'll spot a link to Ferret Fabrications. Do yourself an enormous favour and click that link. Once you've recovered from the experience, I'll meet you in the next paragraph.

Impressive stuff, isn't it?

Ferret's high up on a very short list of people I've kept in touch with from "back in the day". She's an expert in astrophysics, a professional-level programmer, a skilled mechanic and about a dozen other things. If it's broken, she can fix it. If it needs breaking, she can oblige there too. It's a rare combination of gifts.

The latest thing she's turned her hand to is quilting, and it should come as no surprise that she's excelling at it - as in, she's already winning awards - internationally! Her first solo exhibition, entitled "Uncovering the New Age" is currently running at the Dissenter's Gallery in Ladbroke Grove, and Nic and I went down there last night to check it out.

Stunning. Simply stunning.

Seriously, if you think you know anything about quilting - you don't. If you don't know anything about it and think you don't want to - you do. Check out the samples on Ferret's site and, if you live anywhere even remotely sensible, go and see the damn exhibition. She's running workshops and conducting a talk and I can say without fear of contradiction that she's doing none of it by half measures.

7th March - 7th April
Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays
09:00 to 17:00 (also Friday 21st March)

The Dissenter's Gallery
Kensal Green Cemetary
Ladbroke Grove
London W10 4RA


  1. ...and you wonder why I will try and help Decadance move in with you. Thank you so much. You were two of the four people I was most hoping would make it. it really meant a lot to have you there.

    Yes the other two did too.

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    It was certainly an excellent show. Everyone seemed to be having a great time, and the artwork was brilliant. I also learned a lot about the creation process, which shouldn't be surprising as Ferret is an excellent teacher and it is hard to talk to her about something she loves and not learn anything new. :)

    I would also like to highlight how I was particularly impressed by Ferret's tactical awareness and forward planning. We have known her a long time so we should have expected no less, but let me explain. The Dissenter's Gallery is on the edge of a very large and impressive graveyard. Works are currently being done on the graveyard and this has necessitated the removal of part of the 15 foot high wall. A rather flimsy chickenwire fence has been propped up in the gap. THERE IS NO WAY THAT IS GOING TO KEEP THE ZOMBIES IN!!!!!! Luckily, Ferret thought to provide us all with pencils on the way out, good for an emergency eyestab at close range. Gets them in the brain, you see.

    I am also now the proud owner of an autographed bottle of Coke from the event itself.

    The quilts really are breathtaking. The pictures are good but do not do them justice.

    Everyone who can should try to get along. To the show that is, although it is also a nice sentiment for world harmony.

    Big "Yay" for Ferret, who was never really innocent and now is proven most definitely quilty.


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