Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tangled up in blue

The last couple of weeks have been frantic. I have found myself dashing across the country in a whirlwind of blue, traveling, teaching and networking.

I was lucky enough to visit The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Manchester last week with my Bradford students. I had a quick chat with the talented Julia Jowett, a natter with Viv of Hen's Teeth, and a catch up with my ex-student Kate Whitehead. Travelling over to Stafford I met up with Jennifer Collier and over to Unit Twelve to teach a cyanotype workshop with 12 lovely ladies. In a tangle of blue I headed east to Grimsby and the Fishing Heritage Centre to teach another workshop for The 62 Group, coinciding with Ebb & Flow.

Tangled and tired, I am having a little rest now, but it was so lovely to see you all.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Festival Finds

In the past year or two during Saltaire Festival and Saltaire Arts Trail I have found myself demonstrating or exhibiting and therefore missing out on the festivities. This year I didn't get round to planning anything in the studio, so apologies to anyone who popped in t the butterfly rooms looking for me.

Instead I have had a little look around and found myself a few treasures yesterday with some lovely finds from the Rose & Brown Vintage Fair. Many of these lovely old sewing silk reels are in perfect condition, as good as the day they were made.

I have been searching for locally produced sewing thread reels for a little while, since I came across a reference to the magnitude of the local thread industry. Lister's mill in Bradford were 'world leaders' in sewing silks and exported them all around the world. But from what I can gather by the 1930's production of sewing threads at Lister's had ceased due to competition from their nearest rivals. Around this time many smaller mills were taken over by larger concerns or pushed out of the market, so that only a few companies remained.

I find it odd that this aspect of the textile industry is seldom mentioned locally, where the focus is usually on Worsted production. So it is really special to find these little treasures, that would usually be overlooked. I will be doing a little more 'digging' into this subject for  future project so any intersting pointers would be gratefully received.

If you are also a lover of old cotton reels you might find this thought provoking.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014


Today is the start of the the 62 Group's Ebb & Flow exhibition in Grimsby. However the Official Opening event will take place on Saturday, with June Hill opening the exhibition. I am really looking forward to seeing the final hanging of the exhibition at both venues, especially at Grimsby Minster, which will host some really massive pieces of textile art.

There will be work by some big names, including Audrey Walker MBE, Tilleke Schwarz, Rachael Howard and Heather Belcher, to name but a few. It feels slightly surreal to be exhibiting alongside these artists... how did that happen?

It would be lovely to see you there at the opening on Saturday 13th September 2014.

The exhibition is spread over 2 venues:
From 3.30 pm at the Fishing Heritage Centre
From 5.00 pm at Grimsby Minster

The exhibition runs 9th September to 2nd November, and is accompanied by two other textile related exhibitions.

You can find more information about Ebb & Flow exhibition and special events here.

I have just sent out a newsletter to my subscribers, which you can read here.


These little pieces will be on show as part of 'Spectrum' at Unit Twelve. "This exhibition will showcase work that focuses on the interplay between colour and light, work that is bold, bright and graphic"... not what you would usually expect from my work. However I have returned to some little pieces of cyanotype I started experimenting with previously, patching together fragments.

The exhibition runs from 4th September to 29th November 2014.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Ebb & Flow

Today I visited Grimsby to hang my work for the forthcoming 62 Group exhibition 'Ebb & Flow'. For this exhibition I have worked on a sequence of three large cyanotype prints on silk. The tryptic, called 'Baptism', explores the euphoric experience of cold water swimming. Through personal observations, the sensual awakening of the body is traced as shimmering stitched marks on the surface.

You can see this and work by many distinguished artists in Ebb & Flow at the Fishing Heritage Centre and Grimsby Minster, Grimsby, NE Lincolnshire from 9th September to 2nd November 2014. You can see some photos and read about the special events on the Ebb & Flow Facebook page.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Working in blue

 I have been a little quiet about this work.

It has been ongoing for a while now... ideas rustling about. But taking a very different direction I wanted to let things develop before sharing. So just a few peeks for now...

The work is complete, I now have to wait to see if they will be exhibited.


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