Showing posts from 2012

Birdy House

I know - I have been missing from my blog for some time.  Lots of teaching, so a lot less time in the studio, but I have been busy with a number of projects.  First image for a commission I have been working on, more details to come......

Festival of Quilts 2012

I had a great time at the Festival of Quilts, particularly in the Virtual Studio - a great space created by Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan of Committed to Cloth.  I had a lovely large printing table for the day and spoke to so many lovely people.

 Virtual Studio - quiet time before the show opens
The fabric I created using a silk screen and masking tape.

Silk Screen Printing

I feel very lucky to have been asked to be part of the Virtual Studio at the Festival of Quilts this year by the lovely people at Committed to Cloth.  The Virtual Studio is a great space where you can come along and see cloth being created through a variety of screen printing techniques.  So I am very excited and am sharing a sneaky peak of the kind of work I will be demonstrating whilst I am there....

 I will be also be launching details of my new workshops there, including the drawing ones I have recently featured on my blog here   alongside a new screen printing workshop and more, further details and dates coming soon...

This weeks find ......

Always partial to something in a box

Love the details and the rusty metal loop

Any guesses as to what it is?

A scroll of paper

 Punctured with dots - perfect for my collection of marks

A job lot of 8 of them to play with - joy.

New Drawing Workshops

So, seen as I have been teaching visual studies at university for the last three years, I thought it was about time I provided some drawing workshops from the studio.  It seems that drawing is often a stumbling point for many students and as I studied for my degree later in life, I can appreciate how the prospect of putting pen to paper can sometimes be scary, but it doesn't need to be. So have a look on my new Drawing Workshop page.  Get in touch if you have any queries.

On Your Marks....

get set, draw .....

Some of the results from my vintage pen nibs. This weeks find coming up next.....


This weeks find....

Lovely vintage pen nibs.  Looking forward to seeing what marks I can collect from them

The Collector

Some of you will know that I am a collector, and some of you will have seen that recently I have been more committed to my drawing, so you may be able to guess what my new obsession is for collecting ....

Yes I am collecting marks.  I had touched on the idea of marks and traces during my MA work and recently decided to explore this further.  Just a few pages here from a book I have just filled, playing with a very soft graphite stick.  Some are inspired from observation, some just pop into my head, forms of repeat, large to small, heavy to light, possibilities are endless and for someone with a short attention span a perfect way to persue an idea.

Just Make

Very nice to have my work stocked here now .... Just Make

So if you are down that way or Just Make is local to you, there looks to be some other very interesting art works in there too..

Mark Making in Process

So the drawing continues.  This time playing with repeating a simple shape, altering the scale, the direction, adding things, taking them away, rubbing them out, painting them over, until start to get something I like.  Trying not to let the inner critic (yes I have one too) take over and allow the process to evolve.

Just allowing things to happen....


I mentioned in my last post that I had recently been doodling.  I am finding that more and more of my time is taken up with other things and sometimes trying to fit in a dedicated amount of drawing is difficult.   So I decided it would be OK just to do a bit of doodling and not worry about the end results....

They didn't take too long.... there was no worrying about whether I had managed to create a master piece and the best thing is keeps me drawing...and I am often surprised with the things I do create.   Give it a go, let me know how you get on - I warn you though, it can become quite addictive .... but beats watching rubbish TV!

The right way

I always tell my students that there is no one right way to draw.  There are different ways, and no one way is necessarily more valid than another.  Being open to trying out new ways is a great way to explore creativity.  I have played around with automatic drawing before, the idea of just putting down on paper whatever comes into your mind.  You can't do an automatic drawing wrong, you may not like the end result, and if that's the case, draw over it, paint over it, block out the bits you don't like, until you find something you do.  You can see my experiments with this idea below.  Its not a work of art, but a process, its a great way to warm up and you might just enjoy it.

There are bits of this drawing I really like, and others I don't, but that's OK, as I can still alter it if I want.  You don't have to do large scale drawing like I have, it could be something smaller.  I have taken to carrying around a small doodle book with me so that I can just have qui…

Getting back to basics

Sometimes its good to remind yourself about some simple mark making exercises.  Playing with the weight of a line in different media creates some interesting variations.  A lovely afternoon lost in observing the way different types of drawing tools work on paper.  A great way to warm up your drawing arm....

Onto exploring some automatic drawings - otherwise known as doodles, more images coming soon

Open House in Holmfirth

Well its always lovely to be asked to have your work exhibited as part of a big event, so you will be able to see my work and others such as Samantha Bryan and Brendan Hesmondhalgh up at Dionne Swift's Open House as part of Holmfirth Art Week.  You can find out more about all the venues here.

My work is at Venue No 24 and there will be lots to see, sculpture, textiles, jewellery and more.  It runs from 1st July - 7th July, so hope you manage to get along to see some of the lovely work that will be on display.

Getting to Exhibit

I have already mentioned about my work that has been in an exhibition on Memory in Scarborough at Woodend Gallery.   It began in the studio, making, working out compositions and getting things framed.

To delivering it and waiting to see how the final exhibition would look.  I managed to get up to the coast last Sunday for the final day of the exhibition, so if you didn't get the chance to have a sunny day out to Scarborough, here are a few photos for you.

A beautiful setting, ideal for this quiet, intimate work inspired from conversations with my Grandmother.

Scared of Drawing : {

I've been meaning to post about this for a while.  I spent a lovely day last month at the Halifax branch of the Embroiderers' Guild, running my Mapping Marks for Stitch workshop.  I always begin this workshop with some drawing, and often get responses of "I can't draw", " I don't enjoy drawing".  It seems that many of us are scared at the prospect of beginning to draw, but I have some fun techniques to get people started, and have to say that the Halifax Embroiderers' took the challenges on board and created some lovely marks on paper. There were so many to choose from, I could do with a separate blog, but here are just a few of them.

They also get the prize for the best response to a machine embroidery demo with a fabulously long "Oooooooo" (the type usually used for fireworks!!)  Thank you for a lovely day ladies.
You can see more about their day on Anne's blog here..Anne