Pocktorian Becomes a US-Only Entity

24 03 2010

I received a couple of e-mails yesterday from Anne LaVene that were so ugly I’m tempted to post copies of each one here. I’ll resist the temptation and be better than that.

Suffice it to say that Anne made it totally obvious that she did not share my vision for Pocktorian and had no interest in helping other Norwich textile businesses start up. Nor did she seem to appreciate at all the support and opportunities being constantly offered by UnLtd.

Therefore, I forwarded the specific e-mail in which she expressed that to UnLtd withdrawing my support for Anne taking over Pocktorian-UK, and suggesting that they reconsider their support for her and consider cutting off the grant. Apparently, they had already come to that conclusion themselves.

I was rather upset by this last evening. I feel bad that the textile graduates of Norwich, UK will not have this possibility for starting a business in Norwich. Also, since I have been getting copies of all the e-mails full of opportunities for holders of UnLtd’s level 1 grants, I am sure that, had I been able to stay in the UK and head Pocktorian-UK, or had Anne actually taken advantage of those on its behalf, Pocktorian-UK would be well on its way, and several other businesses would already be on their way also.

I know this because of the replies that have been coming in to a Gumtree ad I placed¬†over a month before I left the UK. I’ve been passing them on to Anne.¬†The good news is that I also passed one of those on to UnLtd, and they suggested that she apply for an UnLtd grant of her own. So even from here in the US, I’ve been able to facilitate at least one textile business to be in the Norwich area.

This is long enough. My next post will be about what I’ve been doing in Charlottesville to begin to envision the right version of Pocktorian for Charlottesville. I do welcome any comments and suggestions, particularly from Charlottesville textile artists and any Norwich textile people who have ambitions to start businesses locally.


Pocktorian Textiles, cont.

19 02 2010

I am SO delighted! I have heard today that UnLtd accepts Anne LaVene (of St. Lawrence Textile Centre in the St. Lawrence church on St. Benedict St. in Norwich) as an appropriate person to accept the grant and continue Pocktorian’s work.

To give you a hint of who she is, check out these sites:





I don’t know how much she knows about the other textile skills, but when it comes to the knitting machine, she knows everything! Her designs are very original.

She’s had St. Lawrence open for over a year and is very strong in making connections, but St. Lawrence doesn’t have heat or water or good light in general, however picturesque it is, which Pocktorian Textiles will offer her, along with all the great opportunities that come in a constant stream from UnLtd.

As for me, I will feel a whole lot better about leaving the UK being able to say that I created and left behind what I consider a significant contribution to the UK. It will also make my case stronger for working in the same area in the US.