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Drawing Time

What I am really looking forward to over Christmas, is having some time to draw and I am going to begin by using a book my other half bought me last year, called "Mess" by Keri Smith.

I love Keri's approach to drawing, it follows my own thoughts that drawing should be fun and playful.  You can find our more about Keri here

Chit Chat

I will be talking at the Hepworth in Wakefield on Tuesday evening (6th December) about my MA work as part of the Pecha Kucha night, you can find out more about the event and the other speakers here and more about Pecha Kucha here

Artist in Action

I was really fortunate to be asked to be an Artist in Action at the Knit and Stitch show in Harrogate this year by Art Van Go.  So thought I would share some of the drawing and painting I did with you.

I can easily see these being translated into screen prints and stitch, and they are potentially the starting point for a quilt I am planning.

The Harley Xmas Market

Lovely weekend at the Harley, scrummy food, some very nice people and a bit of Xmas shopping done! 

More work now being shipped down to Devon and Kent, more blocks being prepared....

Quietly Working

I have been a little quiet recently on my blog, as I have been busy quietly working, both teaching and making.  So I have a few events coming up, the first of which is Make in Devon, followed by The Art Market in Holmfirth and on the same weekend, The Headingley Arts Trail.  Although I can't make it down to Devon, I will be at the Headingley Arts Trail on Sat 12th Nov and at the Art Market in Holmfirth on Sunday 13th Nov, so I hope to see some of you there.  I have some new work to show, a little taster for you ....

Scaling Up

Finally managed to get my hands on some bigger pieces of wood to play with.......

Looking forward to creating something on a larger scale!  Oh and Radiant Works where my studio is has a revamped facebook page, so you can find out more about where I work and see some of the other artists and designers who work there - link here Radiant Works

Sadly Dionne Swift my studio neighbour has moved her studio to be closer to home, but happily she does have a lovely new studio, which you can see here Dionne (but we do miss her).

Putting on a Show

No, not the kind where you need tap dancing shoes and lots of make up, but last week was all about getting ready for the MA Show at MMU.

When I saw these tables in the cafe area of the Holden Gallery at MMU..

... I really wanted the opportunity to use them for the MA show.  Responding to a buidling or a place, rather than just locating a ready made piece in the exhibtion, seemed like a really good opportunity and one I didn't want to miss out on.

So I managed to get hold of some old encyclopedias that just happened to be the right size and got on with some serious book demolition.

 Sliced up pages transported and ready for installation
Building up the stacked papers 
One box down, another 15 to go..

Lovely reflections from the building in the glass
The work is on show at the Holden Gallery at Manchester Metropolitan University untill 4pm Thursday 6th October.

Assessed and Passed!!

Its been a journey, but I am pleased to say that I am now the proud owner of my MA Textiles from MMU!  A few more pics from my assessment.

Lost Narratives

Nearly at the end of my MA, hung the work for assessment last week, and the final show is approaching.  A few photos of the last few pieces I made, more to follow....

Unexpected gifts

One of my studio pals gave me these today.....

They are a strangle little collection - so obviously I am unable to resist taking ownership of them.....
An odd archive of sorts.

Dyed wool samples in lovely cardboard boxes.  Its hard to know what I like about them best, the containers, the contents or the lovely hand written recipes and test results.

Just debating as to whether I have time to develop these into something for my MA work, or whether to save them and not rush it.  Thanks Martin - lovely present.

First Hurdle

Pleased to say that I have finished the last piece of written work for my MA!  A few more weeks before hanging the practical work up for assessment, but it feels great to have got one huge task complete.

I have some decisions to make about what to exhibit, but definitely feels like I am on the last leg of this journey. 

Excuses, excuses

Its been a busy time, trying to complete the final piece of written work for my Masters (nearly there), and squeeze in time to create work for Art in the Gardens in Sheffield.  All my excuses for not posting anything recently, but hopefully the state of my studio surfaces and drawers will show that I have not been sunning myself somewhere exotic (if only!).

Hope to see some of you in Sheffield at the weekend, come and say hello!

New Birds on the Blocks

So I have a few things coming up, but next is Art in the Gardens in Sheffield, you can find out more info here

I will have some of my new designs available ......

More colours and designs coming soon, hope to see some of you in Sheffield.

International Relations

I met the very lovely Viviane and Liliane from Belgium at my workshop at the Festival of Quilts, who has done a lovely write up of her visit here  Some great photos to see, so take a look.  Viviane also very kindly sent me some photos of the workshop.....

 Viviane's final piece - love the way she has attached the embroidered piece to her paper for mounting.

Me - talking with my hands as usual!
Liliane's piece - beautifully looped running stitch.
Thanks for sharing Viviane and hope to see you next year!

Festival of Quilts

Back from teaching at the Festival of Quilts with a brain full of ideas and inspiration after having seen some beautiful work.  Met some lovely people on my workshop and at my lecture.  My favourite exhibits are (quite rightly) the ones where you can't take photos, but here are the links if you didn't get chance to go, to some of my highlights.

Also the beautiful kantha quilting of Padmaja Krishnan - amazing tiny stitches of detail.

I had a great time and have to thank Dionne for giving me a lift and setting me up with accomodation while I was there.  :)

If you went along to the Festival of Quilts, let me know what your favourites were....

Arty Book

So, this was my entry into the Open Book Competition run by Bank Street Arts in Sheffield that I sent off last week.

Sent in the post - despite the Post Office's attempts to stop me (don's ask - grrrr).

Looking forward to seeing all the other entries at the exhibition.

Take it apart - make it into something new

The MA work continues, getting mean with my books.....

Too kind

Some lovely mentions this week, find them here and here with lots of other interesting things to find on these blogs too, worth a visit.

New Textile Techniques Evening Class

I have just written a new 6 week evening course for textiles.  Click on the tab at the top for more info.  Based in my studio, Huddersfield, it will run 6.30pm - 8.30pm on Tuesday evenings.  Chance to push your machine embroidery and more that bit further and to learn new skills.  Get in touch to book your place.

              Dissolvable fabrics                                                              Machine Embroidery

Are you interested in fabric?

Just a little reminder for anyone who is into fabric, textiles, printing, stitching, quilting etc that I will be visting the Festival of Quilts at the NEC from 11th - 14th August.  I am giving a talk on the last day that you can book onto (telling you a bit about my journey as a textiler and more about my design process).  For more info - check out the link and I hope to see some of you there...

I'm working on it

Just to let you know that I am planning some new workshops to begin after the summer.  I will be repeating some of my popular ones, just sorting out dates and there are some new ones in the pipeline, so keep coming back and I should have them all online by the end of the week.  An evening class may be a possibility so if this is something you may be interested in, drop me a line and let me know what sort of techniques you would like to learn about.

Best ideas

Often find that my best ideas come when I can't sleep.  (Or usually the day before a deadline!) Anyway, having been awake for a while, I have been reading in the spare room so as not disturb the rest of the household and came across one of my favourite books that has been hiding in one of my piles.  Its called Fingerprint by Chen Design Associations.  Link to it here on Amazon if you are interested

From one of the chapters

 "The hand gathers and secures otherwise scattered notions, infuses each printed page with a human presence and the painstaking care of craft.  Whether a structural necessity or an elegant embellishment, the finishing touch of a sewn thread or a wrapped package transforms everyday communication into gifts!"

Mary Kelly Exhibition

Unfortunately I missed the Mary Kelly Exhibtion at the Whitworth, but a few people have said I should seek out the exhibition catalogue and looking at these images on the internet I can see why.  Wish I had seen it ...

A tutorial with Alice Kettle

A lot of you stitchers out there will know who Alice Kettle is  and I was lucky enough to have a tutorial with her yesterday.  Alice has such a great way at phrasing things and had some great ideas to move forward with my ideas.  Finally decided that its good not to include words in my work, its more interesting when it is less explicit.  This doesn't mean I won't continue to use text and the letter press, just a slightly different approach.    I have another tutorial in about a months time with Alice - needless to say I am very exicited about it.


A few things that didn't seem to grab the audiences attention during testing time for my MA.  Left wondering why that was.....

Thanks to Jo who took some of these pics for me (I had forgtotten my camera - its my age)!

Work In Progress

A little something I am plotting....  not finished yet, but its nearly there.....

Chelford Embroiderers' Guild Workshop Results!

I had a lovely time with the Embroiderers' Guild Group at Chelford Village Hall.  A talk on Wednesday evening followed by my Mapping Marks for Stitch Workshop on the Thursday.  It was nice to hear that those who were nervous about their drawing skills, left the day feeling more confident and dare I say actually enjoyed drawing.  Translating their drawings into machine embroidered samples and here are some of the results....

An amazingly diverse range of samples.  The embellisher was a big hit too.