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.
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
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
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.
I am now somewhat exhausted after the knitting and Stitching Shows virtually back to back. I have enjoyed the process immensely having met some lovely lovely people who were extremely kind about my work. I was also lucky enough to be exhibiting alongside a fab bunch of graduates and my fellow Guild Scholar. Here is a bit of a plug for each:
Harriet Stiles also an Embroiderers Guild Scholar with her hand embroidered Jewellery – more info here
Hanny Newton with her goldwork rocks. She also makes the most fabulous bow ties she can also be found here
Maria Boyle who won the Textile Study Group graduate of the year award. Fabulous textures. Her website can be found here
Chris Woodcock with these wonderful forms. More info here
Georgina Bellamy, probably the fastest emboiderer in the west with her stunning jacket. Link to her website
Olly Mason with her stitch and concrete. Her website may be found here
Last but not least we have Helen Sill fellow Eastleigh alumni and Room 6 member. She will not thank me for this photo. Website is here
It’s now onwards and upwards – lots in the pipeline. The next event for me is an exhibition at Rums Eg, Romsey in the new year – more of this when the publicity comes out
A while back I alluded to lots of exciting happenings. This is the heads up of one. A while back I was honoured to be invited to be a part of a new exhibiting group, Room 6. There are six of us in total and in one way or another we have been associated with the degree course at Eastleigh college. The other members are; Susan Chapman, Alison Hulme, Consuelo Simpson, Lynn Onions and Helen Sill.
Our first enterprise is to continue the tradition of mounting a Tea with… afternoon with an eminent textile artist. I am extremely happy to announce that the artist this year will be Rozanne Hawksley. For those who might not have come across her work, her website may be accessed here
We are thrilled that such an eminent artist has agreed to talk for us and feel sure that the afternoon will be a fascinating experience for everyone.
Details are: The event will take place at Lower Upham Hall, Hampshire SO32 1HF on Saturday 13th June 2015 (in the hope we will be free of snow on that day). Start time will be 2.00 pm. Visitors can expect a delicious tea courtesy of Alison Hulme, a thought provoking talk from Rozanne and additionally a second hand book stall with quality art and textile books at great prices and a comprehensive raffle.
There will be more information regarding tickets etc closer to the date.