Winter Draws On

The temperature has dropped and its now definitely winter. All the leaves are now off the trees and it is now stitching season. I have been working on the grey pieces for Room 6 exhibition at the NEC next March. This is something of a sneak preview

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On Thursday I am heading off to the Knitting and Stitching Show at Harrogate where I will be demonstrating on the Artists in Action stand run by ArtVanGo. There are 6+ artists demonstrating a myriad of techniques there every day so well worth a visit if you are going. I will be doing a bit of ecoprinting and then Alison Hulme and I are going to be demonstrating screen printing with natural dyes.


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.


Always more to Learn

I am not an habitual giver of workshops – it is not really my style and I feel that I still have so much to learn. However when the opportunity arose to do a workshop at ArtVanGo, I decided to cave in. In the end I had a blast. The students were lovely and wanted to work really hard and the results were stunning!
We worked on fabric and paper and I think everyone went home with something rather special and my point about learning was proven since I came away feeling I had learned as much as they had!
Here are some of the highlights – there were many many more but not captured on camera.

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For anyone interested, the orangey red on images 3 and 4 come from aquelegia – who would have thought!

Many thanks to Viv and Kev for their hospitality. If anyone is in the neighbourhood of Knebworth and doesn’t know about it, ArtVanGo is a treasure trove of supplies of all kinds.


From the Earth

I realize with all the juggling and irons in the fire that has been happening recently I have completely forgotten to mention here, the very exciting event, I have been starting to plan alongside a fellow textile artist with whom I share very similar interests, Jenny Leslie – her website is here

This is some of her lovely work
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During the month of June 2016 we are planning to hold an exhibition which celebrates ethical and natural practices within textiles in its broadest sense. This will be staged in the barns at PS Arts, Datchworth, Herts, website here. Alongside this we are setting up a series of related workshops led hopefully by some well known names. The whole thing is entitled From the Earth. Its has a dedicated website and blog and a page on Facebook. We are also pleased to announce that Jenny Dean has very kindly agreed to open the exhibition for us.

We are going to announce a Call for Artists at the end of January 2015 which hopefully will give anyone interested in participating plenty of time to put something together. I am hoping that we will get at least a few expressions of interest from overseas in order to give the whole thing an international flavour.


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


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.


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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