Hareshaw Linn

Bellingham, Northumberland. Changeable weather, windy and showers, 6C Walking up the sheltered river valley to the waterfall on a damp Wednesday morning. The old, moss enrobed trees were a joy after driving to Bellingham over exposed moorland. Such vivid shades of green and yellow. The river was running high after heavy rainfalls, rushing down theContinue reading “Hareshaw Linn”

Journey Mapping

There are now three permanent home workers in this household, the girls are doing lessons from home and I’m still stitching away as long as the light permits. Sometimes my very civil partner joins us – when he’s not on the rota to teach keyworker kids in his school. It’s busy, its different, but we’reContinue reading “Journey Mapping”

Responding to Landscape

A weekend workshop with Amanda Hislop gave me a big creative boost. Looking for the abstract in land and sea was the contrast I needed after many hours working on a detailed wild flower piece. I felt I was never going to finish with the tangle of text, leaves and stems but a change ofContinue reading “Responding to Landscape”

Hideout in the hedgerow

Developing a piece of work is a slow process, an idea percolates, sketches are drawn and samples made – although in my case the samples often end up being included in the finished piece – not so great for the sketchbook but it does advance the making process! The idea for this hare has beenContinue reading “Hideout in the hedgerow”

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 landscapesContinue reading “Progress through process”

Dancing with an Angel

21 years of an Angel Exhibition Thursday 31 January – Saturday 30 March 2019 The Gallery, Gateshead Central Library This week sees the opening of the 21 Years of an Angel Exhibition. The show marks the end of Angel20, a yearlong programme of activities in Gateshead which began on the Angel of the North’s 20thContinue reading “Dancing with an Angel”

Friday Dye Day

As I’m busy making new work for several shows at the moment, I’ve been very aware that my stash of hand dyed fabrics is diminishing.  I dye natural  fibre fabrics with procion dyes so that I can have the same control over colour as a painter mixing their own colours might have. Presoaking the fabricsContinue reading “Friday Dye Day”

Pondering whilst hand stitching. 

With each piece I get so far with machine stitching and then discern the need for the marks that only hand stitch can make.  I guess it’s the first indication that a piece is nearly complete.  The act of hand stitching slows things down and gives me time to ponder on the piece in hand;Continue reading “Pondering whilst hand stitching. “

Something Fishy & All things Holy (T)!

Getting ready for tomorrow’s workshops- blanks cut and painted ready for participants to add their creativity!  Some of the demonstration pieces will be for sale at the Holy T Art Fair – to raise funds for the project. See you there 23/24 September!! And this view of Holy Isle should be framed and ready toContinue reading “Something Fishy & All things Holy (T)!”