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 



Sunday, 16 November 2014

Responses to objects and places. Exposition


Exposition   The Mundaring Art Centre Perth     Until 21 December 2014

'In partnership with Fibre Arts Australia and Warwick Regional Gallery Queensland, seven international and six Australian artists come together to showcase the talent of fibre and textile artists from around the world. Each artist has been invited to create new works in response to a common object. Their response, created using the artists preferred medium, will be exhibited alongside the original object providing the audience with the opportunity to glimpse the artist’s journey as well as some of the finest contemporary textile techniques.'
Catalogue Mundaring Arts Centre
 The Common Object, an image of a small glass bottle used the reference as a catalyst for new work.The exhibition was curated by Glenys Mann, exhibiting artist, and CEO of Fibre Art Australia  The following few images gives you a sampling of the open evening, courtesy of Glenys Mann. Further details and downloadable press release and catalogue from the Mundaring Arts Centre website On line gallery

Above top to bottom: General view of gallery, Chris Atkins, Dionne Swift and myself.

 ‘RESPONSE’ is MAKING ART WORK’s latest contemporary art exhibition in Maidstone Museum’s Bentlif and Bearsted Galleries from 8 – 29 November 2014.

Using the site of the Museum as inspiration, the artists from Maidstone co-operative Making Art Work have produced a range of sculpture, photography, collage and print to explore the function, collection and architecture of the County Town’s award winning Museum and Galleries. This is an opportunity to see work by some of the Southeast’s most exciting contemporary artists in collaboration with Maidstone Museum.As one of the curators states: “The exhibition will suggest an eclectic “curiosity cabinet” of exhibits which allows the audience a new perspective on the Museum’s collection and its environment. Each artist has explored different themes and techniques, from making a survey of the architectural structure of the building to commenting on the functional purposes of a museum, re-interpreting the wealth of collections the museum has to offer."

Detail  of work by Fleur Alston, Making Art Work