Thought about this for my niece but she is now 18 – I think that would work?
Our Tango social dance otherwise known as a Milonga has now officially got a name (see the images below), a fantastic sign painted by an artist in Buenos Aires called Jorge Muscia. See his site at www.muscia.com
He has painted a pheonix on the ‘S’, which was his idea but is totally relevant to the regeneration and renewal of growth and energy in Cockermouth. It also features the ciebo national flower of Argentinia and the flag- blue and white stripes but with a pheonix in the centre instead of a gold sun. But it has really brought some sunshine into our freezing cold December dance nights, more powerfully than any Christmas decoration could ever have done and we get to show it every month like a mini exhibition in a Milonga.
Jorge Muscia with Maggi Toner-Edgar in Buenos Aires displaying all his hard work, painted with larger than life colours, which seem to store the South American sunshine.
Here is a picture of Jorge Muscia who painted our sign for the naming of our Tango Dance (Milonga)
Friday night saw the naming of the Cockermouth Tango Group’s social dance (milonga in tango parlance) with the unveiling of a new milonga title banner by tango teachers Liliana Tolomei (Buenos Aires) and Santiago Leon (Barcelona). The artwork was commissioned on a recent visit to Buenos Aires by group organisers Phil Edgar and Maggi Toner-Edgar from Buenos Aires artist Jorge Muscia (www.muscia.com). The artwork includes the Argentine national flower, the ceibo, which is the signifier of the phoenix the symbol of regeneration which, of course, has particular significance to Cockermouth.
The new title of the milonga is ‘Entre Rios’ which is a state in Argentina as well as one of the main thoroughfares of Buenos Aires, Entre Rios means ‘between the rivers’ which makes it directly relevant to Cockermouth.
NETS Exhibition Australia Geelong Forum
It is great to see all the wonderful textile work shown at the Geelong Forum in Australia, all courtesy of Angie Wyman who took the exhibits from our Textile Network Group over there and displayed them alongside our Australian colleagues.
Angie hard at work doing the prep for the exhibition – Well Done Angie on behalf of the Northern Textile Network in the UK, she did us proud. Here alongside are some examples of her work also showing in the NETS exhibition in Australia.
|Left to Right: Maggi Toner-Edgar, Janet Wilde, Gwyn Hunt and Valerie Kirk
Pieces by Valerie Kirk
The above pieces by me are digital print outs of textile designs if you would like to see a couple of them printed onto silk go along to the C-Art Christmas Exhibition at the Tullie House Gallery in Carlisle Cumbria from 16th December onwards, where you can also buy interesting local craft pieces in the shop by Amanda Mercer and Emma Wiggington. There will be a dynamic night in the final week, Thursday 7th February when I will be hosting the Contemporary Vision 20 x 20 event in the Tullie House Lecture theatre, where Artists will be showing 20 examples of their work. It is a rapid paced event with only 20 seconds per slide and a n interactive audience Q & A session afterwards. Hope to see you there.