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




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
Sorry Sue and Terrie about the quality of my pics and they looked much better in the flesh
I was also extremely impressed to learn that one of our number, Lynne Onions is considered to be a ‘rising star’and was selected by the Quilters Guild to make a piece for their ‘In the Spotlight’ exhibition. Brilliant and well done!P1020102
The theme for this year is ‘Underground’
I was also very taken with the work of Mandy Patullo, whose exhibition entitled ‘Thread and Thrift’ was right up my street. She reuses old fabrics and quilts, remaking them into new collages and then embellishes them with stitch.P1020115



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



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
FULTON,_Hamish_AC_200067 Middle; Seven Days Alberta 1978 – Hamish Fulton
AC_1211613 Bottom;Stone Circle 1972 – Richard Long

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.

Time is my enemy

IMG_0788 Time has been a recurrent theme for me recently both in my work for my final exhibition and in preparations for the ICHF show in Birmingham. I think I am almost there now but only just.


IMG_0788I am testing the water with a stand at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch Show at the NEC, Birmingham next week.I will be exhibiting my new range of naturally dyed supplies for textiles alongside a small selection of eco printed items including journal covers and silk scarves plus some of my more recent work. My stand number is J06. Doors open at 9.30 am on Thursday 21st March and the show closes on Sunday 24th March at 5.00 pm.

Next Year

Next year is going to be a hectic one. Firstly there is the previously mentioned Alice Kettle talk in January. Secondly there is the long(ish) run up to our final exhibition in July. This is not just a question of producing a final body of work, we are also required to set up and run the exhibition, which requires a lot of forethought, planning and organisation. I have rather added to the pressure by taking a designer-maker stand at the Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch show at the NEC in March where I will be launching my new range of naturally dyed threads, fabrics and fibres to the general public. Since it is a designer rate stand, I will also need to display work, which has to be separate from my final body of work which will obviously be kept under wraps until July. Lots to think about, but in the meantime I am taking a well earned rest.