Sue Bateup is that rare thing, a weaver who makes a living from the craft. Sue's also been studying, so her gallery has been often closed. I have been envious of the luxury of a financially viable weaving, though I still don't really comprehend how hard she's worked to build it up over the years.
A couple of months ago, I learned she's been sick and that's why the gallery hours have been cut. So, over the summer, I'm "manning" the gallery on Wednesdays, from late morning or early afternoon until dinner time. For all she's done to promote handweaving in Nelson and beyond, she deserves a break.
I'm supposed to be studying her colors and browsing through her many books, but the two Wednesdays I've been there, I pranced around the shop trying out her jackets and vests, (I'm studying the products, you see,) or else fringed furiously my own stuff at the back of the back room.
It's going to be a great summer because of this opportunity.
The gallery is a wee white house at 15B Ajax Ave, 10 giant steps away from the Visitor Information Centre along the river.