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Weds 23rd May - Thurs 31st May 2018.
open Mondays - Thursdays only, 10-2.
The Thistle Community Hub (aka the Snug) 16 High St Dalmellington Ayr KA6 7QU tel 01292 550422
Tea and cake launch party 11-12 weds 23rd May, all welcome. This project started and ended in Dalmellington and we are thrilled that the History Group and the Action Group have offered to host it.
From the Cumnock Chronicle newspaper:
A challenging 800-mile odyssey round Scotland gave Dalmellington grandmother-of-three Janet Renouf-Miller the inspiration for a fascinating book and exhibition.
Textile artist Janet said: “I had written a previous book on how to spin and wanted to write a book with wider appeal. I had a 10-week window and because I liked cycling I decided to combine the two. I cycled round Scotland doing 21 knitting and crochet workshops in exchange for a bed for the night, I camped as well and stayed with people.
“I knitted and crocheted what I saw on the way which is how the exhibition came about and I was writing a book while I went along as well. I met hundreds of people, I couldn’t have done it without them as it would have been prohibitively expensive. It was nicer than just cycling because you could see people.”
The journey took 69 days - she would cycle 30 miles a day then stay two nights and do a workshop on the day in between and exploring, so she could get inspiration to do the art work. She would average between 10 and 35 miles a day because she was sketching and photographing.
Janet cycled up as far north as Dingwall and as far south as Langholm with one of the workshops at the Burns Centre in Alloway.
Members of local groups she met during her travels contributed to the exhibition as well as members of Dalmellington Knit and Blether.
Among the highlights of the exhibition are a Brompton folding bicycle, an RBS mobile bank and a mobile library, made after she saw them in Arran. But the centrepiece is undoubtedly her interpretation of The Glenfinnan Viaduct, the railway viaduct featured in the Harry Potter movies.
The exhibition has been to:
The Textile Tower House Museum, Hawick
Stair Community Centre, Ayrshire
Carnegie Library, Ayr, Heartfelt By Liz,
Travel Hub, Kilmarnock Train Station, Dumfries Museum
Do get in touch if you would like to host the exhibition. NB although there is some wall space required for interpretation boards, the exhibits themselves require f table/podium space.
Visitors always come out smiling!