Monthly Archives: August 2019

Art and Textiles in Yorkshire

Saturday was one of the wet days – in a ‘maybe we should build an ark?’ way – torrential rain, grey skies, strong winds – British Summer at its ‘finest’! So I took the opportunity to go and see an exhibition and to check out a possible future event to take part in   – both in Yorkshire !

Exhibition – The 62 Group


Always inspiring, an exhibition by the 62 Group never fails to get me thinking. The work of some of the group is on display at the wonderful Sunny Bank Mills Gallery in Farsley, near Leeds. The Gallery itself was fabulous (there’s a little cafe and a shop selling gorgeous things too – hello Michele Daykin, Charlotte Whitmore     both fantastic jewellers! ) The Mill closed in 2008 but now the buildings are used by small and creative businesses – there’s a fantastic Scrap Store that’s open to the public – it has everything from shuttlecocks to fabric sample books, and there’s an eco store inside too!

Back to the textile art. Wonderful pieces by Dawn Dupree, Jeanette Appleton, Hannah Lamb, Caroline Bartlett and more. Showing textile print, stitch, assemblage, appliqué. The interpretations of the title were individual. So the work is brilliantly varied. Some artists were inspired by the mill itself – it used to make military fabrics I think, so Nigel Cheney‘s piece ‘Whortleberry Blue’ seem very apt. Debbie Lyddon‘s piece seemed very at home against the colour of the mill floor.

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After the exhibition, it was a very rainy drive over to Skipton, North Yorkshire for a look at Art in The Pen

An art fair take over of an animal auction mart – fantastic! Each artist/maker gets a pen which they then ‘dress’ to become their own unique gallery space for the 2 day event.

There were over 200 artists selling work from a few pounds to thousands. There were jewellers, (hello Magnolia Restrepo ! Stunning jewellry combining precious metals and gemstones – so delicate and detailed) ceramicists, painters, print makers, textile artists, metal workers, wood carvers and more. I saw some familiar faces (hello Ceri at Oakwood Soaperie ! gorgeous hand made soaps and wonderful new ecoprinted range of textiles) from the North East and found some new art to love (hello Liz Salter beautiful paintings and sketchbook work so evocative of the weather and landscapes of Northern hills).


I was supposed to be wandering around with my work head on but my art lover’s heart kept interupting. My dear pal KPH got some good practical suggestions in – looking at how participants had made their 3 x 2m stands into gorgeous temporary galleries – and she got some shopping done too 🙂 I had asked the family present to check things out but the junior artist got distracted by the Art Shop on site – think that one’s going to be a portrait artist!  Whilst the team driver was too overcome by the meat pie and mushy peas he got in the cafe!

It did look like a very well organised event, and I will definitely add it to my list of applications!



Work in progress


At the launch of our exhibition for Room for You I had my photo taken by Bill Peronneau

So here I am engrossed in teaching needlefelting. A workshop I often run for patients I work with in hospitals. We had the great news this week that funding will continue for another year. So I can continue to dream up crazy installation ideas like this recent one…


Patients wrote on the rainbow to share what or who helped them get through Radiotherapy, we needlefelted rainbow coloured raindrops to add to the pom pom clouds – patients always find needle felting therapeutic 😉

Progress through process

New work is my focus, I’m applying for several, larger shows so I’ll need work to display (& sell!) I’ll let you know which shows if I get accepte!

I would like to make larger pieces but these are obviously time consuming, and more difficult to transport. So, I’ve decided to focus on 40×40 landscapes for a while- my plan is to get 4 done in the next 6 weeks 😱 that’ll keep me out of mischief (but p’raps not too busy for school and national politics 😉)

Our family week in Wales was fantastic- why did none of you tell me sooner how gorgeous West Wales is??

In between sea swimming and ice creams there were cliff walks on the beautiful Pembroke Coastal Path and visits to Tenby and St David’s. My sketchbook didn’t get quite as much use as I’d hoped but my mind is full of experiences and my photo album is full to bursting.

So this week I’m sketching out the four images that I’m hoping to develop. I’m drawing them to the chosen scale and taking a quick tracing of the main composition to help with building up the appliqué.

Then I get the paints out. I’m using watercolour, water based dyes, inktense and some acrylic. When I paint, it is never the final stage- it is very definitely part of my process; painting allows me to assess how I am going to construct a piece. I can think about colour, texture and composition.

When I’m mark making with brush or pencil I’m thinking about how to transfer it to cloth and stitch. When I apply colour I’m thinking about what fabric and threads I’ll need (thanks Oliver Twists for the threads 😉) The process of painting and drawing helps me to develop my composition ideas into textiles and work through any issues.

I’m pleased with the two images I’ve developed so far, now I’m deciding whether to crack on with these in fabric, or to focus on getting the other two designs developed to paint stage. I’m tempted to start the textiles but I think it would be interesting to get the 4 designs done and then work on the four pieces.

What would you do?