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
There was also an additional tutors exhibition at the Art Van Go studios
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
and dyed the threads
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.
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.
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.
A brief rundown of the highlights
Alice Fox in the Virtual Studio
Suzanne Lenzs Wall of Keys
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.
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.
I am delighted to be included as one of the featured artists in the most recent edition of Inspirational. This is the online magazine, brainchild of John Hopper from the Textile Blog link to which is here. Well worth a look and incredible value with 157 pages and a huge number of images – truly inspirational!
I am particularly pleased to be in this issue alongside some amazing talent which includes not only other textile artists but potters, mixed media and other disciplines
I have now cut up all the stitched pieces of cloth and reassembled them in a 3 metre long strip. Unsure where this is going. Am thinking I need a collection of strips but it is not practical that they all have the same level of intensive stitching. Am also aware of the need for whatever I do at the moment needs to be double sided.