Remaining Grey

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.


Going Grey

In actual fact have been going grey since the age of about 24 and the process has yet to be completed. However the reference here is to work I am embarking on currently. It is for an exhibition entitled ‘Six Shades of Grey’ in which I am involved as part of the exhibiting group Room 6 at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch Show at the NEC in Birmingham  on 17th – 21st March next year. I have collected my fabrics

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and dyed the threads

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Just the small matter of combining together to produce something. It seems like a long way away, however with 2 other large exhibitions coming up after its as well to get ahead of the game. Watch this space for updates.


Festival Of Quilts 2015

Am now home from The Festival of Quilts. Alison and I had a lovely and very fruitful time. We met loads of lovely people and had a lot of laughs.

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Our stand – terrible light so not  good pics. We have decided we can no longer fit a quart into a pint pot so have booked a bigger stand for next year.

We also had work in the Quilters in Action exhibition
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As did fellow room 6ers Sue Chapman and Lynne Onions
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Lynnes at the top and Sues underneath

A brief rundown of the highlights

Alice Fox in the Virtual Studio

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Suzanne Lenzs Wall of Keys

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Kate Whitehead

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My favourite commercial stand this year was Neelam. The couple who run this come from France and they sell the most wonderful Indian block prints done using only natural dyes.
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Lastly the child in me could not resist snapping this
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This was part of an antique instructional quilt for children. Not quite sure what the message was!


Metamorphosis

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

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I suspect the next step will be some cutting up and reconstruction but at the moment it’s up in the air


London

It has been a hectic couple of days here at the Knitting and Stitching Show. I have spoken to literally hundreds of people, many of whom have had very kind words to say about my work. As usual I have had difficulty getting decent photographic images.

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I am hoping that I have better on my big camera which will be posted on my return home


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


Sneak Preview

I have just completed one of my pieces for the Knitting and Stitching Shows. I am not entirely sure how I feel about it.
These are a few details of the piece which is on Eco printed paper. Dimensions of the whole thing are approximately 25cm by 150cm.

It’s just over a month to go and still an awful lot to do.

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Scholarship

I am very pleased to announce that I have been awarded an Embroiderers Guild Scholarship. This will run from now until April 2015 and involves a project and an opportunity to exhibit (again) at the Knitting and Stitching Shows and at the Embroiderers Guild AGM next year. Since the work I did last year surrounding Southampton Common threw up so many possibilities, most of which were unrealised, I am going to continue with this line of investigation. The papers from the previous post are a starting point as are the birch bark experiments from the one before that. There are so many more leaves available this year compared with a year ago. I also have the luxury of a lot more time to experiment.

During my daily walk on the Common this morning I was shocked to discover there had been a fire during sometime in the last 24 hours

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Luckily it was confined to a fairly small area, it could have been so much worse. It occured to me that were the Common were to be devastated then again I would be thwarted!


Festival of Quilts

P1020098A surreal day was to be had yesterday at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. I have never visited this show before as a punter as am usually there selling hard! This year I am reserving all my energies for the Knitting and Stitching Shows at Alexandra Palace and Harrogate where my work is featuring in the Graduate Showcase. I also have a stand at Alexandra Palace but it will be radically different to previous years but more about that in a later post. Back to the quilting show… One of the main reasons for going was to see the work of our former tutors, Susan Chapman and Terrie Hitchcock. Although obviously biased this exhibition entitled ‘Evidence of Bodies’,was a favouriteP1020099
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The theme for this year is ‘Underground’
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The last noteworthy item was a quilt to be found in an exhibition curated by Jan Petranik an expert in Banjara or historic Indian textiles. This quilt was extremely won with many layers worn away exposing the fabrics underneath. I was not able to resist taking numerous photos since each square inch was a gem in its own rightP1020103

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Uncommon Ground

I have been looking forward to going to this Exhibition at Southampton City Art Gallery with much anticipation and it did not disappoint. Its full title in ‘Uncommon Ground, Land Art is Britain 1966-1979’ and it gave a real flavour of what was happening in the the Land Art movement during this period.
Some highlights were –942564_533936399989903_1319876772_n Top; Forked twigs in Water 1979   – Andy Goldsworthy
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I think one of the things that struck me most about the whole exhibition was the importance of photography in this early work – something that has been mirrored in what I am doing at present. It is a fabulous exhibition and well worth a visit and the bonus is that it is free. Also there is an additional exhibition at the John Hansard Gallery examining the work of Nancy Holt and Robert Smithson.