Friday, 30 October 2015

Out of the Blue

I am a massive fan of Embroidery magazine and its coverage of contemporary textile art. So I am truly humbled by the wonderful feature June Hill has written about my work in the Nov/Dec issue, which is just out.

I have been kindly allowed to show you a sneak preview, courtesy of Embroidery magazine, but I heartily recommend you order a copy.
Many thanks to Embroidery magazine

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Material Evidence

hope you will join us for the opening of Material Evidence at Sunny Bank Mills gallery, today 2-4pm. There will be work by myself, Clare Lane, Claire Wellesley-Smith and Lorna Jewitt, all responding to the historic mill.

Friday, 16 October 2015

Patching & printing

Over the last two weeks I have been exploring new directions with some of the patchwork and embroidery pieces I have been working on. Taking the plunge with ink and roller, I have been working on some new prints, for the forthcoming 'Material Evidence' exhibition at Sunny Bank Mills. I am really excited by the detail reproduction of each fibre and stitch, and also the opportunities for playing with composition. I think this might be just the start of something for me.

Material Evidence opens on Saturday 24th October at Sunny Bank Mills and includes work by Claire Wellesley-Smith, Clare Lane and Lorna Jewitt. I hope you will join us for afternoon tea 2-4pm to celebrate the opening.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Taking time

The project I am currently working on has been taking longer than anticipated. It's a joy to do, but just tricky to find the time. Lately I have had to carve out little bits of time for stitching... and therefore no time for blogging (sorry!).

Here are some little clues about what I am working on for the forthcoming exhibition 'Material Evidence' at Sunny Bank Mills.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Cut & stitch

Exploration of patching.
Grids of different scales.
Messed up grids and blocks

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Yes and...

It's over a month since I last posted here. How embarrassing! I've had a few problems with technology and a few distractions, but I'm finally back to work in the studio.

During the summer I have been exploring some new work based on my visit to Sunny Bank Mills near Leeds. Taking my direction from stacks of samples in the mill archives and also from the buildings and site plans. The patterns of woven stripes and plaids, windows, mill rooftops, shadow lines and industrial features; the work is taking it's cue from variations on grids and blocks. Naturally that has leant itself to patchwork.

I am never certain if it is best to learn the rules and then work out how to break them, or to start without any rules and take your own line. This is something I have been pondering as I read through Sherri Wood's wonderful book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters; is it better to be a beginner with no knowledge of traditional quilt patterns or to know the back catalogue and enjoy the thrill of tearing it up? As it happens I wouldn't quite consider myself at either end of that spectrum, but certainly more of a novice. As with so many things I know a little bit about a lot!

I like the idea of improvisation; working from a given starting point and then exploring out from it. So I have been working from Sherri Wood's 'tumbling blocks' score, playing with my own set of rules, adding, subtracting... playing! It's been a lot of fun and I could keep going for ever. But as with most projects there comes a point when things need to be brought to a conclusion. It's time to make some decisions and play at being the editor. More on that another day. Here are a few photos of some earlier work

More to follow soon...

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Patching things together

Finally getting some time in the studio I have been working on some new ideas. Based on some initial research I did at Sunny Bank Mills earlier this year I have been exploring patchwork, stitch, drawing and composition. I am allowing my making to help with thinking, and for thinking to inform my making. That might sound obvious but I am enjoying allowing things to unfold organically.


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