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Preparing for the “Walk This Way” fashion show

Walk This Way – A Fashion Show by Carole Waller & Blue in aid of The Forever Friends Appeal Cancer Care Campaign & St John’s Hospital Bath, UK

Presenting a fusion of fashion, art and performance with all proceeds going to the Forever Friends Appeal’s Cancer Care Campaign at the Royal United Hospital and St John’s Hospital.

Local painter and textile artist Carole Waller presents her unique label ‘I’m No Walking Canvas’ in collaboration with designer boutique Blue accented with pieces from accessory designers Carole Wadham Millinery and Cate Wood Jewellery.

The evening soiree with drinks reception will play host to the creativity of the region championing Carole Waller’s signature ‘painted’ clothing with Blue’s contemporary and progressive summer designs. The fashion show to be held in the historic Octagon on Milsom Street will be brought to life by a broad range of models, including Fabulous Fashionista Jean Woods and actress Sara Kestelman, stamping the message that style and exquisite design can be enjoyed by all.

The team also includes Bath based choreographer, Emily Taylor and music from Will Renel, a current Mmus (Master of Music): Creative Practice in contemporary music at Goldsmiths College. Both Will and Emily have collaborated with Carole on previous occasions and as a creative team are looking forward to presenting a new take on clothes, movement and sound.

The event will raise essential funds to support art within the new Cancer Centre to improve the holistic environment for the patients, their families and the staff. Art takes many forms, and in this instance can include integrally etched windows that could act as screens, maximum use of light and colour to brighten waiting areas, small gardens, as well as lovely pieces of artwork, such Bruce Munro’s Brass Monkeys which has already been acquired. The charity aims to raise a total of £250,000 for art to really create a pioneering Centre that complements the existing high quality care for patients at the Hospital.

Additionally support will also be allocated to St John’s Hospital which aims to provide an improved quality of life, through housing and support for older people within the local community.

Please join us on Thursday 15th May at 7pm at the Octagon, Milsom Street, Bath for an exciting and vibrant evening of creativity and fundraising for The Forever Friends Cancer Care Campaign and St John’s Hospital.

To purchase tickets contact Bath Box Office

For further information/images or to support the event please contact jojo@fashionpr.co.uk

Have you ever heard of Lycian purple?

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A recent visit to the south west coast of Turkey took Gary and I to some amazing places and this is the first of a collection of images and notes about the inspiring and beautiful things we found. I lived on a small sailing boat for three years, and sailed around the south coast of Turkey and the Greek Islands for three years  in the early 1980′s and did not want to come back to Turkey in case tourism had spoiled it irrevocably – but my experience was that despite the developments of the last 30 years, it is still turquoise, clear and calm.

Kekova Roads is an enclosed bay protected by the 4 mile long Kekova Island in Lycian Turkey. The lovely village of Kalekoy (ancient Simena) had no road when I first visited – truly magical and unspoilt. The area  is a Lycian site with a small castle, sarcophagae, and sunken ruins visible underwater all around. The partially sunken ruins of the ancient village of Aperlae , and the evidence of lost buildings, can only be seen by boat and are just beautiful.

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So, back to the colour purple and Aperlae : The economy here was built around the production of Tyrian dye, a deep and costly purple gleaned from a snail Murex trunculus (which has been reclassified as Hexaplex trunculus). It is said to have cost 20 times its weight in gold. It probably took about 12,000 snails to produce 1.4 grams or 0.05 oz. Three ceramic lined vats found in the sunken district are suggested to have been holding tanks for the live snails until there were enough to be processed. The dye was exported to Andriake, which was the international emporium for nearby Myra, for shipment to textile centres throughout the Mediterranean.

As someone who has spent years painting dye into silk I was  delighted to discover this connection in 2013 – when I first visited and fell in love with this place, in 1985, I knew nothing about it , and had not begun what has since become a lifelong commitment.