Saturday, 23 January 2016

The museum of broken things

It wasn't until yesterday that I realised I hadn't walked along the riverbank since before the flooding. Perhaps that meant I hadn't fully come to terms with the scale of events, the power of the river and the effect on us all. It's been a tiring, stressful period and I think I needed to see the river again.

I love to collect. The act of beachcombing or mudlarking slows me down. It makes me focus. It makes my brain work at things in a very primative (in a good way) manner. I think there is something about the act of sorting and searching that helps me settle and regain my composure.

Yesterday I enjoyed findng the usual 19th century pottery fragments in and amongst the horrible 21st century filth, washed up on the riverbank. But the other thing I have previously observed in numbers are shoe and leather parts. Never before have I found a whole shoe though, which made me think I wonder how old these are? The sheer numbers suggest this is the rubbish from a cobblers. I know there was a tannery just upstream until around 1900/1908; I wonder if there was a leatherworker there too?

If anyone has any thoughts let me know.

Thursday, 31 December 2015

A funny old year

It really has been a funny old year, especially the last few weeks and months.

On Boxing Day morning we received notification to leave our house due to severe flood risk and while the road and our garage were under water, thankfully our home was left unscathed. My heart goes out to all those who have had homes and businesses ruined by flooding, especially artists and small business owners. All in all it has been a very stressful time in my adopted town of Bingley, but it has as made me all the more grateful for what I have. The support of the local community, friends and family is truly astonishing.

I am sending out the old year helping with Bingley Flood Support group and then resting next to the fire. Here's to a calmer, dryer 2016!

Monday, 21 December 2015

Workshops for 2016

2015 has been a busy year for exhibitions, teaching and workshops; so busy of late that I haven't been very present here on my blog. At the moment I am enjoying a little bit of a rest while I plan for the coming year. If you are interested in joining me for a workshop in 2016 there are now several new dates listed on my website.

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.


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