Looking back on 2020 for Dorset Textile Artist Carol Cruickshank
I hope you all had the best Christmas you could hope for wherever you are living.
It has been a very strange year for us all and for me with two very difficult personal challenges, but overall feeling so thankful.
Out of the blue, I was blue-lighted straight to Dorchester Hospital’s coronary unit with a heart attack in the first week of lockdown. A coronary block was diagnosed and treated in 20 minutes and I spent overnight on the ward before coming home. Such a trauma, it has taken me quite a few months to recover physically – and longer to cope with side effects of new medicines and the shock. I am so grateful to the skill and efficiency of the NHS and my relationship with God, friends and family and my work which has kept me steady and sane in this mad time.
Death of my father
We lost my lovely father in May after he caught Covid-19 at his nursing home. I started a textile picture as a tribute to him and a present for my sister’s 60th birthday. I enjoyed researching the place in Cornwall we often picnicked on and remembering so many happy and funny memories of our time on holiday as children and teenagers. It developed my work further as, up till now, I had done few figures in my previous pictures.
I have managed to complete a few originals: Aberffraw, Lockdown Flowers, Otterton Mill, Healds on Holiday, Running by Anvil Point and An Autumn Walk, Corfe Castle.
Sales slowed down dramatically during the first half of the year when many galleries closed and open studios events were cancelled. However, as galleries reopened and virtual markets thrived, things started to pick up. I sold a number of originals including, Corfe Castle Under the Ash Tree, Springtime St Catherine’s Chapel, Dorset Poppy Fields, Running by Anvil Point, Beach Huts in the Snow, Free Range Chickens, Beach Huts on Stilts and Home through the Mist.
After 5 years as Director and Chairman of this art group I decided to step down. Hopefully, this will free me up to develop and complete more of my own work next year.
Dorset Art Week 2021
Delighted to let you know that I will be exhibiting from home as part of Dorset Art Weeks from May 22nd to June 7th.
I also made 2 pairs of dungarees for my granddaughters with matching caps. I was very pleased with the results and they even (kind of) fit, especially as I am really bad at following patterns. We haven’t seen family for Christmas and spent Christmas with our friends Dave and Julia Mells, who now live on Portland.
I am looking forward to next year with the hope that we can spend quality time with family and friends.