After yesterdays blitz with the ironing I thought I was going to have a quiet day here tidying drawers or watching Chinese martial arts films when Stella rang and invited me to go along to the local college in Worthing to look at the Textile Degree show.
Harry had the shortest walk in the history of dog walking as I needed the half hour before she picked me up to make my face pretty and find something ‘young’ to wear.
I was so impressed with what I saw especially after my recent trip to Liberty's my usual stop off point for raw talent had been so disappointing - it's in bucket loads on my doorstep! Stella and I both wondered why when there was such beautiful fresh ideas on offer are the shops full of the same old, same old stuff? Very interesting, very interesting indeed. I should perhaps tell you what I found interesting – the techniques I saw are age old. If I pluck one of my 1930’s sewing manuals off my dusty bookshelves there I will find appliqué, cut work, French knots, Suffolk puffs (Yoyo’s to you Americans) they were all present and correct in the textiles on show today.
Which then made me think what constitutes originality?
My mother in one of her philosophical moments would often say, ‘ if you’ve thought of it, someone else has already done it’
So I open this question to all my readers, what for you defines originality?