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
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.
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.
The exhibition at Romsey Abbey has now been taken down. It was a wonderful place in which to exhibit. I was aware that there was not much opportunity to photograph Metamorphosis 2 since the light was so poor in the Abbey and given that it is my intention to alter the pieces and transform them in some way into Metamorphosis 3, I decided another photo shoot was
At the moment they are not earmarked for anything in particular so the transformation is on the back burner – I have some ideas so its a question of watch this space
I have taken a bit of a break part of which has been spent in Cambodia. I thoroughly recommend it as a destination, the people are lovely and very laid back in spite of a very tragic history. Inevitably went to Angkor Wat and took some probably very cliched pics.
These of of the area known as Ta Promh and the only bit now with the trees growing through. The rest of the site is vast and I took loads of inspirational pics
We also went to Pnomh Penh, Kampot and an island, Koh Rong Samoleon which was relaxing and totally off grid
On our return I went to Birmingham to the Embroiderers Guild AGM to report on my year as one of their scholars. It feels like the end of an era especially as I am considering moving on from the ways in which I have been working for the past 3 or 4 years. It will still have an ethical basis but I would like to explore alternative ways of mark making.
However I have not quite finished yet. At the moment I am working on a very large piece that is to go into Romsey Abbey. It will go into a large arch and is double sided and will consist of 5 separate ‘banners’. Since it is time consuming I am hoping that the elements both together and apart will have various different guises over the coming months and over time will be altered in some way, hence title of Metamorphosis.
This is how far I have got.
I will document here the nature of the changes as and when they happen so watch this space!
I am delighted to be included as one of the featured artists in the most recent edition of Inspirational. This is the online magazine, brainchild of John Hopper from the Textile Blog link to which is here. Well worth a look and incredible value with 157 pages and a huge number of images – truly inspirational!
I am particularly pleased to be in this issue alongside some amazing talent which includes not only other textile artists but potters, mixed media and other disciplines
I have now cut up all the stitched pieces of cloth and reassembled them in a 3 metre long strip. Unsure where this is going. Am thinking I need a collection of strips but it is not practical that they all have the same level of intensive stitching. Am also aware of the need for whatever I do at the moment needs to be double sided.
I have recently had the good fortune to have several requests for my work to be exhibited hither and thither recently to the point where I am having to think very carefully about what I can commit where and how to make things work for their living. I do not want to wheel the same old thing out time after time. To this end I am currently working on a piece that will have several incarnations with the view to being placed in several exhibitions that are in the pipeline. Each time it comes down it will be altered in some way or combined into another piece. A kind of journey.
I while back I bought some old cotton cleaning cloths at a car boot sale for £4.00. I loved the rough homespun quality of the fabric and I have used and used them in many pieces and sold a fair few. Sadly I reached the bottom of the pile so it seemed appropriate to use the last for this project. In the last couple of months I have been stitching, a way of getting through the dark winter days. So this is the point I have reached
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.