[necklaces made by the beading group earlier this month]
Phoebe knows how to reduce me to a jellified, helpless mass of laughter very easily. All she has to do as we leave the house to go somewhere very mundane (school bus stop, supermarket) is to leap into the car, slam the door, and shout, 'All units, go, go, go!' and I am barely able to put the key in the ignition. I'd be hopeless in a real emergency situation.
But I urge you to go, go, go to West Dean for any courses taught by Marilyn Phipps. Like Julie Arkell and Janet Bolton, she is a brilliant, creative, and inspirational artist, and an equally inspirational teacher. She is a genius with colour and everything she makes exudes personality and charm. She is teaching a beading weekend in November, and even the most tentative would-be beaders will make something beautiful. I know, because Marilyn was 'Miss' at the recent beading weekend I wrote about here. The thing about Marilyn, whom I've known for 13 years, is that she lives the life creative, so everything she does is infused with the same colourful, can-do vitality.
Go, go, go.