Last night saw the opening of a new exhibition of which ‘A Common Thread’ is a part. It comprises some of the work which was displayed at the Knitting and Stitching Shows plus a load of extras that did not make the final cut.
I loved the window display and my pieces blend really well with Frances Marrs beautiful ceramics.
I am particularly indebted to Ian and Nichole Wall for their efforts in providing the lovely recycled wood frames. Link here to their website.
The exhibition is open until March 14th and well worth a visit if you are in the area especially with the added incentive if the cafe with its delicious fare
I confess I have found it rather difficult to get going after the break but here I am at last. Last year was a busy year particularly being Embroiderers Guild Scholar but as that is now coming to an end, I can look forward to another year which promises to be quite busy.
The first event is my exhibition at Rums Eg, Romsey, Hants. which contains quite a bit of the work (and some extras) that I did as Scholar. This runs from 21st January to 14th March.
There is then a bit of a lull for which I am grateful and then I am doing a 2 day workshop at ArtVanGo at the beginning of June. Hard after that is Tea with Rozanne Hawksley hosted by Room 6. This is on 13th June which is a Saturday from 2pm onwards at Lower Upham Village Hall. More about both of these later
I will be part of an exhibition At Eastleigh College at the beginning of July and then as a guest artist with Zeronine textile artists at Hilliers Arboretum from the end of July and all of August.
At the moment I am planning to do Festival of Quilts and The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace with my trusty sidekick Alison Hulme and Bell, Hulme and Moore will be present at The Big Textile Show in Leicester again.
In October also, I am hoping to be part of an exhibition entitled ‘Stitched’ at Romsey Abbey.
In the meantime work will no doubt gather apace on From The Earth for June 2016. For anyone interested the call for Artists will open at the end of the month, giving people about a year to come up with something good.
I am now somewhat exhausted after the knitting and Stitching Shows virtually back to back. I have enjoyed the process immensely having met some lovely lovely people who were extremely kind about my work. I was also lucky enough to be exhibiting alongside a fab bunch of graduates and my fellow Guild Scholar. Here is a bit of a plug for each:
Harriet Stiles also an Embroiderers Guild Scholar with her hand embroidered Jewellery – more info here
Hanny Newton with her goldwork rocks. She also makes the most fabulous bow ties she can also be found here
Maria Boyle who won the Textile Study Group graduate of the year award. Fabulous textures. Her website can be found here
Chris Woodcock with these wonderful forms. More info here
Georgina Bellamy, probably the fastest emboiderer in the west with her stunning jacket. Link to her website
Olly Mason with her stitch and concrete. Her website may be found here
Last but not least we have Helen Sill fellow Eastleigh alumni and Room 6 member. She will not thank me for this photo. Website is here
It’s now onwards and upwards – lots in the pipeline. The next event for me is an exhibition at Rums Eg, Romsey in the new year – more of this when the publicity comes out
The 5 days at Alexandra Palace rushed past in a whirl and I did not get to see half of what I intended. However given that I am going to Dublin and Harrogate which will hopefully be less frenzied I shall hopefully be able to post more about what I see there. I am particularly looking forward to Dublin since I have never been before. However there is no rest for the wicked and I am back at work again. In the New Year I am joining the two halves of my Common Thread work and exhibiting it all together and since the Gallery in question likes to sell off the wall on the spot I am going to need backups. More details about this later when the publicity comes out.
I have taken the opportunity to do a bit of experimentation and also to revisit something that I singularly failed with at the beginning of the year which in the previous year was very successful. This time I was sucessful
This piece (still wet) is composed of mulberry tissue. When I tried this at the beginning of the year it was a singular failure and I wasted a huge amount of paper. It also has a radically different look to the paper I did last year. I cannot put a finger on why this should be so, there are so many different factors at play. I guess one has to go with the moment
I also have been experiment with some Japanese Printing paper. Again a completely different look
I like the precision this one gives me.
The last experiment is on very thick but very cheap lining paper. This has a lovely surface and gives extremely good results
A great weekend at the Big Textile Show in Leicester. This is a new show only in its second year and I am sure that it will only get better and better. One of the biggest thrills for me was the acquisition of these wonderful vintage threads
I am now looking forward to The Knitting and Stitching Show. So little time and so much to do. I am still in the process of crossing the is and dotting the ts on my Scholarship work and crossing my fingers that it will look well in the allotted space. I am also busy packing and labelling for my stand , which I am again sharing with Alison Hulme who is minding the shop and also selling her hugely popular pinnies. We have done a bit of a collaboration and alongside her own designs there are a limited number of eco printed pinnies available. The stand number is TGB13.
Also on the Embroiderers Guild stand with me is fellow Eastleigh luminary, Helen Sill. She is one of the very few lucky ones to have secured a spot in The Graduate Showcase this year. We are both to be found at TGJ14
My good friend Lindsay Taylor has a large exhibition this year and this should be stunning. I am also looking forward to seeing the work of her fellow Isle of Wighter Mary Flynn whose work is constructed from finds from the beaches of the Island.
Lastly but no means least I was thrilled to discover that another good friend Cath Von Isenburg has a stand. Her work is exquisite and it will be lovely to see her again after such a long time. Her stand is TGE14
In spite of so much to do my mind is drifting towards the future. There are lots of exciting things happening for me in the pipeline not only next year but also in 2016. More about these later…. first things first
It is about three weeks to go before the first Knitting and Stitching show opens. The first one at Alexandra Palace is the big one since not only am I exhibiting as Embroiderers Guild Scholar but also I still have a stand shared and manned (womanned?) ably by Alison Hulme who again will be selling her beautiful pinnies. We are to be found at TGB 13. My exhibition is located at TGJ14.
I have been laying out my completed work but until I get there I am not sure how it is all going to hang together. To give myself some options I decided that I needed something else. So out came the pot and I spent yesterday with leaves and Khadi paper.
I am not sure how to proceed with these. Ideally I would like to stitch on them but time may prevent this.
It is only now that I have begun to recover from the Festival Of Quilts. It was an extremely enjoyable 4 days.
Round the corner were Sue Chapman and Lynne Onions. Am not sure where the pic of Sues half has gone but here is Lynnes. Sue and Lynne are starting up a new workshop enterprise which should be up and running sometime early next year. Link here
Aside from the visual delights, the one thing that I have come away with is the fact that there is a lot of misinformation floating about about natural dying and printing, including practices that might be positively harmful to health. I am thinking therefor that reluctant workshop giver that I am, I might well join the fray. At least then people could learn safely.