Monday, 17 April 2017

Common Cloth and Canine Partners.

I am delighted that 'Common Lands, Common Spaces'  first shown at the Farnham Pottery moves to the Oxmarket Centre, for the Arts, Chichester from 25-30 April,  in support of the charity, Canine Partners. which trains dogs to help in the lives of others. Below is one of my favourite 'weeds' the humble Dandelion
The pottery were fabulous hosts and we ended the last day with a workshop exploring the locality and did not even stop entirely for a lovely outdoor lunch in the April sunshine surrounded by the wonderful brick of this old building. Explorations of nature of our landscape has become of great interest and will be a focus in my next book for Batsford.

It is hard to believe the year is moving on so quickly. Art Textiles Made in Britain open their exhibition Concealed at the Minerva Gallery on 6 May with many of our group members including myself running workshops.
Textileartist has been doing an thoughtful series of articles on textile practice recently. I am delighted to be included in the article 'Creating Texture and Pattern in Stitch' The piece featured is currently touring as part of Stuff for Thought
It has been a busy month for workshops starting off with a weekend retreat in Folkestone with the Maidstone region Embroiderer's Guild. They meet every 2nd Saturday at the King's Studio, Aylesford Village Hall near Maidstone at 11am if you want to pop in and visit.


I went back to the studio Zijdelings in the Netherlands for the 5th time last week. Karina is a great host and we got to grips with the neighbourhood in a one day workshop followed by a two day class. It is worth checking out their courses. I am already planning a return.Thankyou to the students who kindly agreed to allow me to share images of work in progress








More contributions were also made for the project Tea Flora Tales. I am building a nice European element to the project.




Monday, 20 March 2017

Common Land, Common Spaces

I am delighted to be exhibiting Common Land, Common Spaces at the Farnham Pottery with a new installation ‘Trees’ and pieces from 40 yards, an ongoing modular work. The term 'Common' in English means to 'belong equally to' or 'shared equally and  is also used to denote areas of land used by all, historically for grazing, catching wild game and gathering plants



Trees installation and link to video here.

The pottery is a beautifully restored building and an inspirational place to visit with a fabulous tea-room. The exhibition is the first in a series 'Powered by Touch' with a focus on the intimacy of the hand-made. Exhibitors included Richard Box, Christine Green and the next is basketmaker and willow worker  Dominic Parrette. The venue is also the host of intimate performances, the next being 'Dr. Jeckyll and Mr...'by the talented David Keller.


I just loved the little details of the pottery which is worth a visit by itself.

The exhibition is open Tues – Sat 10am - 4pm with free entry. The show closes on 8 April when I will also be running a second workshop following demand on the opening weekend and we will use the pottery as stimulus and starting point for a folding bookform or modular piece.

Here are some images from my one day workshop 'Small Objects of Desire' held at the beginning of the exhibition.



New Quilting at Rheged Arts Centre continues until to Sunday 23 April and Stuff for Thought a shared project of textile artist Heidi Drahota and the Human Rights Office of the City of Nuremberg is touring to the Prague Patchwork Meeting from 31st March to the 2nd April. You can read about the project on my blog post back in July 2016. Amazed to find I am a Kent Creative Awards finalist.



Finally, but not least. I am delighted to be a feature artist with in Somerset Studio magazine. An interview by the talented Rice Freeman-Zachery.Sneak peak below of some of the pages from an eight page spread







Saturday, 28 January 2017

To be an Explorer...Gathered Thoughts

I had a rare day out last week in London with an old friend.  It started as a trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum to see the wonderful Opus Anglicanum exhibition (finishes on the 5 February) and on a whim and ended up in the London Docklands as the sun was going down.

Detail of the Butler-Bowden Cope


It was a bright, cold day and I remembered an old friend of mine (from Community Arts days in the Medway) had a show in the Docklands at Trinity Buoy Wharf  'Everything Comes from The Egg'. The 'Exbury Egg' Turner has lived on for over a year has been brought indoors in order to exhibit many of the pieces that it helped to create as part of his understanding of the environment and the river it is named after, the River Exbury in Hampshire





Above are pictures of the exhibition, the artist's working and living space inside the egg and collected plant materials in jars. ‘I call them all ghosts because it’s a way of remembering what was there,’ he says. ‘But it’s not perfect – like memories, they carry on changing.’Sharing things related to water I have been invited to take part in New Quilting and exhibition of work by international and Cumbrian makers which have been selected for the Arts Council England supported exhibition, New Quilting at Rheged Arts Centre from Friday 3 March to Sunday 23 April.  LV21 shown on board the lightship of the same name,  is one of three pieces I will be exhibiting in the show.
 It has been a cold start to the year. I visited family in Norfolk and used the opportunity to make some sketches and photos of the bleak landscape. I have also had my head down to plan for workshops and exhibitions coming up returning to Norfolk in early February a couple of workshops at Eaubrink studios and I have just booked my ticket for the French Alps with the Alpine Experience in August. All other workshops including a return to summer school at West Dean are detailed on this blog. Have a good 2017.



Friday, 30 December 2016

It has not been 'a Walk in The Park' .

As we reflect on 2016 we can truly say, for most, it has not been 'a Walk in the Park'. A year of extremes to say the least. It has been a fulfilling year full of friendship which has countered some difficult things on both a personal and global level. So let me begin by wishing you all the best for 2017 for all..we could do with it. 

I ended the year, as I started with drawing which has continued to be a focus this year. Thankyou to Helen Frost for supplying this lovely image of my hands hard at work at West Dean College.  where I was teaching earlier this month.
I heavy cold meant hearth and home over the Christmas season. By boxing day I was itching to get out and well wrapped up went for a walk in my local park.









I was thrilled to start the year as the cover girl for Cloth Paper Scissors before my guest exhibition at Visions Art Museum in San Diego.
This was followed by exhibitions with Art Textiles Made in Britain at the Festival of Quilts and a project Stuff For Thought a shared project of textile artist Heidi Drahota and the Human Rights Office of the City of Nuremberg.

As the Autumn turned to winter I exhibited locally in Kent and London.  While exhibiting with Books Pavilion  I was informed that all of my publications were going into reprint again at the same time. Loved the installation  of Tea Flora Tales from 'In the Pilgrim's Footsteps 'exhibition  (seen here with my Red Trees) at St Mary's Church Burham,  organised by textile artist Rosie James  


Detail of Tea Flora Tales. Thankyou to the individuals,  groups and Embroiderer's Guild members who have continued to  create pieces to support this project.

I gave short courses from as far afield as San Diego, France and Ireland as well as locally and nationally, including conservation linked projects with the Kent Wildlife Trust. As we move into 2017 workshops and exhibitions remain the core of my work.
I continue to enjoy the challenges these set for me and the opportunity to meet with new ideas, people and makers as well as re-affirm existing professional friendships. Thankyou to all who continue to support my work and bless you all with as many  new and exciting projects you wish for and the health of your family and friends.
Time for a cuppa.