Monday, 13 July 2015

Stitch Stories

I am excited that my third book 'Stitch Stories' will be published in August. Batsford have done a fabulous job. It features wonderful contributions from artists from all over the globe all who create beautiful, unique work inspired by life, landscape and travels near and far.Thankyou to Jacqui Hurst for beautiful photography.

I have just returned from workshops in Scotland with Diva Design Studio.   Moray, Scotland.
We saw all weathers, wonderful studios, students and enjoyed 'foraging'.
I also got to see the Knockando Woolmill. Set deep in the Spey Valley, it has woven cloth for over 200 year on its historic looms. The work is tough and they still produce fine tweeds and cloth. It was amazing to see weaver Hugh Jones, warp up the looms and weave.
I will be in Australia this summer visiting friends and running workshops. Thankyou to Fibre Arts Australia for all the wonderful help with this.(You know how good you are). I will endeaver to post regularly on Magpie but forgive me if time runs away with me. I am also preparing for exhibitions in Switzerland and France as well as closer to home in the Autumn. I will post further details on my return. 
Finally, but by no means least. I am delighted to be in issue 5 of Inspirational magazine by the wonderful John Hopper who writes rich descriptions of the unique perspectives taken by each artist. There are 8 artists in total covering a wide range of stunning work from ceramics , through to print and weave. Other artists include, Algernon Eldritch, Brenda Holzke, Sarah Ross-Thompson, Fenella Elms, Barbara Schneider, Isobel Currie, Patricia Oblack
An insightful article which enabled me to take a 'step outside' and look into to my own practice through 'other eyes'.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

'Forgotten Treasures.

I had forgotten what is was like to just sit for a while so was pleased to have had a relatively quiet time catching up with family in Norfolk in late April when I visited my mother. It is great to see she is able to carry on enjoying her garden. As a child, no matter what went on in the house the garden had to be looked after. It is her pride and joy, 'her treasure'. It was nice to just sit, chat and sketch the 'Forget Me Nots'.

 I also had a little time to go to the beautiful Norwich Cathedral to see the fabulous Ana Maria Pacheco sculpture.
and sit in the little herb garden in the Cathedral grounds. Another little treasure.

Since then I have been preparing work for exhibitions later in the year. I am delighted to have been accepted for the 6th European Quilt-Triennial in Textilsammlung Max Berk/Kurpfälzisches Museum, Heidelberg in the Autumn with a piece from  the 'Waterland' series called 'High Water'.
I am also preparing work for  'Common Threads, Common Land'  Art Textil Sent , Switzerland. More information on my exhibitions page. Further updates later.
Finally, I am back with a workshop at the wonderful studio Preniac, France at the end of the month drawing ideas from the inspirational landscape, gardens, plants of the local area. Add wonderful hosts, good home cooked food and absorb the atmosphere. Of course, I am also madly preparing for visit to Australia in July. So no rest for the wicked.
 Sunflowers around Préniac

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Spring has Sprung and all that.

Spring as Sprung and new events are opening with the delightful sign of awaking flowers and birds nesting. I am delighted to be exhibiting in Mons with the Centre for Embroidery from 3rd-29th April.Interview on Mons region television  (in French) about the exhibition and my workshop.

Also in April, I have been invited to take part in the Prague Patchwork Meeting, with Anne Kelly marking our collaboration as Resonant Textiles . We are both giving a workshops bookable here
Other workshops are in April are on this page
Finally, I can highly recommend , Louise Bourgeois: Works on Paper

at the Tate Modern: Display it end on the12 April 2015 (and Richard Tuttle's Installation is down on the 6th)

Louise Bourgeois THE STRETCH, 2006

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Bees, the Bentlif and other awakening events.

Spring is on its way and after a busy winter working on copy and images for my next book and Spring cleaning my workspace I have been working on pieces for exhibition and planning for workshops later in the year.
 I am delighted to have a piece of work in the Bentlif Open Art Prize, Maidstone Museum, Exhibition . (It received a Highly Commended so I am chuffed).Dates: Saturday 14th March – Sunday 3rd May 2015.It would be good to see you at Private View: Friday 13th March 2015 18:00 – 19:30 where you can see work by artists from all over the region.

I am delighted to be also supporting the Big Heart Auction which runs from the 26 February until 8 March. There are over 200 artworks to bid on to raise money for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice. Sneak peek of my thieving Jackdaw below.

I am back in the Netherlands in March with Zijdelings running two courses from the 16-18 March. So if you want to create new ideas with old materials or work on your designs there may still be space.

Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Into the New

2014  has flown by balancing making work, exhibiting and teaching as well as working on my next book 'Stitch Stories'. 

Laceflowers detail

More importantly, the support of friends and family has equally enabled me to find some quiet time when things may have got a little too busy. It was wonderful to have a few days off to take a walk around Mote Park in the winter sunshine.


 I started the year in the Netherlands with running workshops with Zijdelings  and meeting up at the Museum of Kantfabriek (lace factory) to plan for the  Memory Cloth exhibition which ended the year.  I am back with Zijdlings for workshops in March. 

Travels have been far and wide and it was  wonderful to catch up with old friends and meet new adventures. I was delighted to be in Cork for the Making Tomorrow Conference followed by the wonderful warmth and welcome of a tour in the USA in the Spring. Will never forget the Wisteria in Atlanta which made me feel right at home, the wonderful Arizona red desert and trip to the Grand Canyon ending with a lunar eclipse thrown in at the end of the day and my a last walk by the Pacific in San Diego.

 I was delighted to exhibit my show Common-Place at Quiltstar over the Summer followed by the fabulous opportunity to guest show Place-Spaces-Traces at the European Patchwork Meeting in the September. Tea-Flora-Tales proved a hit with lots of people interacting and adding to the piece.Themes will be developed with new works for exhibitions planned for 2015.


This lovely four page review by Isabelle Wiessler in Les Nouvelles Patchwork et Creation Textile, the magazine of the Association of France Patchwork recently arrived on my doorstep.It contains great reviews on the European Patchwork Meeting generally.

'Connected Cloth', with Anne Kelly (image of our collaboration 'Bridges' above)  continued its successful tour with exhibitions at Trinity Tunbridge Wells, Bromley, Crowborough and Cranbrook .It was wonderful to be part of the supportive 'family' of Art Textiles:Made in Britain and their first exhibition at Festival of Quilts in 2014. 

 I was delighted to have been commissioned to create works for the Garden Museum for their collection. This was on show as part of their Gardens and War exhibition.

Comments and continued support have been most welcome so thankyou to all who continue to support my work and share a mutual appreciation for both the 'creative world' of textiles. 

 Have a creative 2015