I am having a rethink about the direction of my work and what I do at the moment so my attention has been turned to having a bit of a clear out. I realise that I have far too much stuff and it is really time to downsize as I suspect in many ways it is inhibiting creativity.
One of the first step I have taken is to revitalise my shop. Over the coming weeks I will be adding all kinds of things that may well be of interest.
In the meantime I have listed some selections of naturally dyed silk threads and some fabric packs of odds and ends
It has been months since I have posted here. This is due to rather overdoing it last year with a myriad of exhibitions, shows and all sorts of other things which left me feeling a bit like a production line and as a result I felt I had lost my way. So the past few months I have been taking stock and thinking about the way forward. And while this is far from clear I now have some ideas about new directions which will probably involve my working more as an individual artist and less as part of a collective which is what I have been doing in the last couple of years. I will still take an active part in the groups I am involved in but I think it is important for me to do my own thing much more than I have of late.
The first images are pieces made from printed and dyed linen which previously was an oversized linen tablecloth belonging to my mother-in-law now sadly no longer with us. No one in the family wanted her sizeable linen collection and they were more than happy for me to have it and I was even more happy to take possession. The fabric is wonderful and soft and a dream to stitch. It also has fabulous weight and drape. The last piece is made from offcuts of my favourite Egyptian cotton.
I am sticking my head above the parapet very soon here
I am almost packed and ready to go to the Knitting and Stitching Show which opens next week. It’s double the preparations because of course both Alison Hulme and I are involved with the Marks and Stitch gallery as well as our usual stand now at Tgb9.
Our gallery is titled Impressions and can be found at TG 8 and also involves the work of Louise Wainwright, Janet Steer, Robina Richter and Catherine Fox. My contribution is a study of impressions of bark on cloth. Example below
I also have another exhibition going on at the moment. It involves a selection from my Common Thread body of work and can be seen at the Turner Sims, University of Southampton and is on until 30th October
Am now busy until Christmas with various things; teaching, shows and a couple of trips away to China and Mexico.
It has been such a long time since I have posted here. I have been so busy that I have not had time to think let alone write. From the Earth has been and gone. Despite a few hiccups it has been a resounding success and it would appear that rather being a one off event that it could well be just the start of an ongoing thing
There was also an additional tutors exhibition at the Art Van Go studios
July was spent recovering and preparing for the Festival of Quilts at the NEC
I have to say it seemed to be over before it started and I scarcely believe I was there but here is the proof
Am now preparing for Hampshire Open Studios which starts on Thursday. My work will be part of Room 6s effort and will be at the Granary Studios Owslebury, Hants, which will be open for business every day until Tuesday 30th August, closed Tuesday/Wednesday 23/24.
After that my energies will be focussed upon a solo exhibition at the Turner Sims foyer at the University of Southampton (12/9 to 30/11) and then the Marks and Stitch gallery at the Knitting and Stitching Show more of these later
Having said that we will now probably get snow. However bearing in mind that winter cannot last forever have started to mordant my fabric in preparation for the return of the leaves and other plant matter
And yes we do need a new fence!
We thoroughly enjoyed the ICHF Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show at the NEC and I am delighted to announce that we will be reprising 6 Shades of Grey at the ArtVanGo studios in July. This is particularly good news for us as we will be able to incorporate the work of Lynne Onions who sadly could not make Birmingham.
It is going to be a very busy few months. Next month a selection of my work will be exhibited at the Ashcroft Centre, Fareham, Hants. http://www.hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk
Also exhibiting is Nicky Barfoot
On April 10th there will be a day entitled Fabric-A celebration of textiles which will involve workshops,talks, a craft market and various other activities there. Definitely a date for the diary if you are in the vicinity.
Then it is the BrockenhurstNeedlework Fiesta. I will have my usual stand but also I will be demonstrating upstairs. Dates for this are 23rd and 24th April
Then it will be full steam ahead for From the Earth textiles in June. Details if you need them http://www.fromtheearthtextiles.co.uk
Alison Hulme and I will be at the Festival of Quilts as usual at the beginning of August.
Then we will be working hard to prepare for the Knitting and Stitching Shows. Alison and I will have our usual stand at Ally Pally but we will also be involved in a gallery with exhibiting group Marks and Stitch. The gallery will go to all three shows although I will not personally be going to Dublin as I have agreed to demonstrate at the West Country Quilt and Textile Show in Bristol in November.
A busy year.
Last note is about workshops. I have in the past been a reluctant giver of workshops because I have felt there are people better placed than me. However so many people have asked me and I have come across so much misinformation some of which merely irritating but some downright dangerous I have thrown my hat into the ring. Very soon I will include a page which will detail some of the things I offer. Watch this space.
Having a lovely time stewarding the Room6 exhibition ‘ 6 shades of Grey. The members are
I hate this time of year- we have now had several dark and gloomy months and there is a feeling that we are a way yet from things improving. I am now getting serious withdrawal symptoms from my dyepot. I tend not to do much in the winter. I much prefer to work outside and also like the idea of working with the seasons and I always use the winter months for stitching and contemplation.
To combat the winter blues I am looking forward to a trip to Northern Thailand and Laos later on this month. I am hoping it is going to be a textile sort of trip but am mainly going for a bit of sun and heat.
After this am not sure when I am going to get away as am hugely busy.
In March am exhibiting with Room6 at the ICHF show Fashion Embroidery and Stitch at the NEC. I have just finished the work for this. It comprises 6 pieces and is entitled Fade. These are a couple of details of the one. I have just completed
In April I have an exhibition at The Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, Hants. Also in April I will be demonstrating at the New Forest Needlework Fiesta. I will still have stand there as well as a kind friend has agreed to run it for me.
It’s a bit of a breather in May before From the Earth kicks off. I suspect I shall be spending most of June in Hertfordshire. For anyone who doesn’t know what I am going on about go to http://www.fromtheearthtextiles.co.uk to find out more
In July I think I will lie in a darkened room but not before preparing for the Festival of Quilts at the beginning of August where I am once again sharing a stand with Alison Hulme.
September will probably see me at the Big Textile Show at Leicester
And then it’s Knitting and Stitching Show time again. This year I am involved in a gallery with Marks and Stitch. We have had a bit of a panic for this recently since we were asked for images of our work to go in the publicity material. None of us have really got very far as yet- one of the requirements is to exhibit only new work. The last few days I have been trying to get my head around what I might do and work up some samples
Due to my attention being focussed elsewhere, my shop has languished somewhat with very little for sale in it. Well no more!
These are some of the smaller items on offer there at the moment. I am also hoping to offer some textile artworks as soon as I can get round to it.
I have also taken advantage of the very unseasonable weather to dye some threads. It is such a long time since i have experimented with variegated and I have forgotten how pleasing it is to watch how the colours mix and intermingle to create new ones. They are of course natural dyes and the fibre is silk.
Some of these will be available in the shop to buy in due course.
To go to shop click on link at top of page or here
I am continuing to work on the grey pieces and they are continuing to take shape. I have decided to title the group as Fade since each piece is becoming progressively lighter as a passing reference to the title of the exhibition which is 6 Shades of Grey. It is also a reference to my need to move on from leaf printing and return to intensive handstitch. Here are a few details from the story so far.
Spent a very busy few days demonstrating at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate. Day 1 was focussed on Ecoprinting on fabric. Day 2 was spent in collaboration with Alison Hulme and screen printing with natural dyes. These are some of Alison’s
We are jointly running a workshop at Art Van Go next June on this as part of From the Earth – for more info go to http://www.fromtheearthtextiles.co.uk