An Update

It has been such a long time since I have posted here. I have been so busy that I have not had time to think let alone write. From the Earth has been and gone. Despite a few hiccups it has been a resounding success and it would appear that rather being a one off event that it could well be just the start of an ongoing thing

This is a flavour of the main event.

There was also an additional tutors exhibition at the Art Van Go studios


In decending order credits to self, Jenny Leslie, Fabienne Rey, Alice Fox and Alison Hulme, all of whom delivered successful workshops in the month.

July was spent recovering and preparing for the Festival of Quilts at the NEC

I have to say it seemed to be over before it started and I scarcely believe I was there but here is the proof


Am now preparing for Hampshire Open Studios which starts on Thursday. My work will be part of Room 6s effort and will be at the Granary Studios Owslebury, Hants, which will be open for business every day until Tuesday 30th August, closed Tuesday/Wednesday 23/24.

After that my energies will be focussed upon a solo exhibition at the Turner Sims foyer at the University of Southampton (12/9 to 30/11) and then the Marks and Stitch gallery at the Knitting and Stitching Show more of these later


Shop is revitalised

Due to my attention being focussed elsewhere, my shop has languished  somewhat with very little for sale in it. Well no more!

These are some of the smaller items on offer there at the moment. I am also hoping to offer some textile artworks as soon as I can get round to it.
I have also taken advantage of the very unseasonable weather to dye some threads. It is such a long time since i have experimented with variegated and I have forgotten how pleasing it is to watch how the colours mix and intermingle to create new ones. They are of course natural dyes and the fibre is silk.

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Some of these will be available in the shop to buy in due course.
To go to shop click on link at top of page or here


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.


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.


Continuing to Work for its Living

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

in order

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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


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!