Trace it and then trace it and trace it again..

Preparing any project is time consuming and I’m continually reminded of the adage ‘measure twice, cut once’ as I scale up the design for the triptych. It’s a 500% increase to get it to the right size, so there’s definitely lots of measuring going on! I scale up the design so that each piece isContinue reading “Trace it and then trace it and trace it again..”

Gallery 45 Coast Exhibition

What a lovely way to spend the day! We started with a trip to the lovely Gallery 45 in Felton, Northumberland, so I could drop off some of my work for the ‘Coast’ exhibition that starts tomorrow. There are several artists taking part –   Fiona Carvell , Sarah O’Dowd, Peter Davidson , Linda Mumba , Deirdre Foster  so there’s  a wide range of media (andContinue reading “Gallery 45 Coast Exhibition”

Seaton Sluice Surprise

Sometimes you find something surprising almost on the doorstep! Often walking across the beach at Seaton Sluice, I’d look up to the headland and think ‘That looks almost like Brittany – whitewashed buildings on the headland, seas all round’ and wonder whether it was worth exploring. One evening early last Summer, we finally went alongContinue reading “Seaton Sluice Surprise”

Words and Meanings

  A lot of the work I’m making at the moment involves text. I’ve done a series of pieces that I call the ‘Day Trippers’ series where text is used below an image to suggest a lovely outing. Now, the pieces are more about the words. The piece above is a work in progress –Continue reading “Words and Meanings”

Summer Time Workshop

Just to show that it hasn’t ALL been about maps lately! Back at the end of May I did a One day Workshop with a group of Y9 High School students. They had been given the opportunity to exhibit as part of the Alnmouth Arts Festival 2015 in the lovely Aln Gift Shop . So we had the task ofContinue reading “Summer Time Workshop”

Textile Workshops Coming Soon!

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/all-stitched-up-short-course-on-freestyle-machine-embroidery-3-x-2hr-sessions-tickets-15680842823?ref=eweb Sell Tickets Online through Eventbrite When I’m doing art markets and exhibitions, people are always asking me if I run workshops – well I am and here they are! We’ll be getting to grips with freestyle machine embroidery- learn how to unleash the potential of your machine;)     As we’re Cafe based for theseContinue reading “Textile Workshops Coming Soon!”

Contemporary Textiles Fair 2015

So here I am in Teddington, at the Landmark Arts Centre, for the annual Contemporary Textiles Fair. It’s a fabulous show, full of beautiful textile art work, garments and accessories. the artists and makers are all on hand to talk about their work with visitors. I’ve met so many lovely people here today. People haveContinue reading “Contemporary Textiles Fair 2015”

Old School Dinosaurs

I’m  busy working on a commission at the moment so I thought I’d share its development. The idea is that it captures themes in the work of the commissioner – so there is a link to the seemingly random composition of space rockets and dinosaurs! There’s more detail to be added but I find thatContinue reading “Old School Dinosaurs”

Town Planning

I’ve started a new series this week, look at the shops and houses where I live and recreating them in appliqué & stitch… The first one finished started out with a quick sketch like this Then I’ve been gathering materials – some of my hand dyed fabrics and lovely Oliver Twist threads, pelmet vilene andContinue reading “Town Planning”