A Date for your Diary

A while back I alluded to lots of exciting happenings. This is the heads up of one. A while back I was honoured to be invited to be a part of a new exhibiting group, Room 6. There are six of us in total and in one way or another we have been associated with the degree course at Eastleigh college. The other members are; Susan Chapman, Alison Hulme, Consuelo Simpson, Lynn Onions and Helen Sill.
Our first enterprise is to continue the tradition of mounting a Tea with… afternoon with an eminent textile artist. I am extremely happy to announce that the artist this year will be Rozanne Hawksley. For those who might not have come across her work, her website may be accessed here
We are thrilled that such an eminent artist has agreed to talk for us and feel sure that the afternoon will be a fascinating experience for everyone.
Details are: The event will take place at Lower Upham Hall, Hampshire SO32 1HF on Saturday 13th June 2015 (in the hope we will be free of snow on that day). Start time will be 2.00 pm. Visitors can expect a delicious tea courtesy of Alison Hulme, a thought provoking talk from Rozanne and additionally a second hand book stall with quality art and textile books at great prices and a comprehensive raffle.
There will be more information regarding tickets etc closer to the date.


Back to Work

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 sucessfulIMG_0063
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
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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
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My Mind is a Whirl…..

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

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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


Countdown Time (again!)

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.
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I am not sure how to proceed with these. Ideally I would like to stitch on them but time may prevent this.


Another Direction

I have been experimenting with my jar dyed fabrics. I wanted to do something loosely based on the flaky scots pine bark that I have been playing with from the Common.

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These are a couple of samples. In the interests of testing whether the dyes are at all colourfast and to distress the pieces, i threw them in the washing machine. Apart from a slight colour shift the dyes held well including the elderberry.

I then went onto working on a much larger scale

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I am not sure this will make it into the exhibition since it is radically different to all the other work I have completed


Festival of Quilts 2014

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Our stand

It is only now that I have begun to recover from the Festival Of Quilts. It was an extremely enjoyable 4 days.

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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

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I enjoyed Debbie Lyddons contribution to Fine Art Quilt Masters
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And this one by Claire Higgott

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Of all the exhibitions I think I enjoyed Ann Johnstones most.

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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.


A Complete Fugitive

Last night I finally managed to crack open my jar of fabric with honesty flowers in. The lid had stuck fast and all occupant to the house and several visitors had failed to get it off. The contents looked promising…

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Said jar is on the far right and when the fabric came out it was a lovely shade of lavender. However when dry it was clear the colour was completely fugitive. I had expected this but felt I ought to try. Since for me colour is not a priority I will be happy with fifty shades of grey and will work with what I get
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Meanwhile another cloth in a  ‘before’ picture about to be completely transformed. While I really like it as it is it does rather look like a lot of other work around

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Packing. Labelling and Ironing

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It is five days to go before the Festval of Quilts opens. I am as we speak busy labelling , ironing and packing all manner of things to take to the show.  As previously mentioned I am sharing a stand with Alison Hulme this year. Please note that we have moved stands from E27 to the Quilters in Action section at QIA 16.

While neither Alison or I would see ourselves primarily as Quilters there is inevitably some elements of quilt in our work and I have dug out some work.to display which hopefully reflects this.

I am looking forward to seeing all the exhibitions this year and will be posting the highlights here in due course


High Summer on the Common

Took a walk n the Common today without my faithful friend. Since he has become epileptic I find that he needs my full attention, so I reserve my walks with him merely for observation and a little light gathering. It is a very hot sultry day and I could hear the hum of the insects
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One of my aims was to fine some suitable flora to refill some of my now empty jars. The above is a potential candidate. I also gathered some dock seeds and some blackberries.
They are now all sitting in jars of water. I am going to see what happens to the water before filling them with fabric. I suspect I need more of all.

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Lots of flowers in bloom still to be spotted
However it is clear that seed and berry season will soon be upon us.

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Another aim was to take some of my finished cloths and photograph them in situ as it were
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