Ebb & Flow- the textiles show |6th – 22nd October

The theme of Ebb & Flow is not limited to the movements of the sea where the ebb is the outgoing phase, when the tide drains away from the shore; and the flow is the incoming phase when water rises again. The terms are also common in figurative use such […]

only 2 places left!

I only have 2 places left for the Eccentric tapestry weaving workshop. Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July 2015 Stade Hall, The Stade, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3FJ 10am -4.30pm Come and learn the evocative eccentric technique of tapestry weaving where the surface changes and undulates across the weaving. Taking […]

The Language of Green

SoCo Artists ‘ The Language of Green’ Art Exhibition An exhibition linked to the local ‘Jack in the Green’ Festival. Over the last few decades, green has become an ideological and political colour as never before. At other times in history it has been associated with a host of contradictory […]

World collections- Bexhill Museum

Last month I lead a course looking at the World Collections at Bexhill Museum, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. The group used the collection to inspire their embroidered book jackets. The displays re part of the Uniques project which aims at uncovering Ethnography in Kent and Sussex. www.uniquesproject.org.uk Here are the results of […]

Water Week 2 8-14th March 2015

The tapestry weaving for Water Week 2 next week is being installed at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, BN27 1RN I was inspired to weave this piece after a winter walk exploring the Pevensey Levels. Water Layers Tapestry weaving, wool and mixed fibres. The work refers to the layers of water in the […]

Love is enough- collaborative tapestry factory

I have now completed the 4 day tapestry weaving residency at Modern Art Oxford on the factory floor as part of  Love is Enough William Morris & Andy Warhol. I was demonstrating and giving the visitors the opportunity to  contribute to a tapestry in a ‘factory’ setting.  Tapestry weaving is […]

Eccentric Tapestry Weaving, The Stade, Hastings, Sussex

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July 2015 Stade Hall, The Stade, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3FJ 10am -4.30pm Come and learn the evocative eccentric technique of tapestry weaving where the surface changes and undulates across the weaving. Taking inspiration from the wonderful location in Hastings Old Town beside the English […]

Fresh Air 15 Sculpture – 3D tapestry weaving weekend

I am really excited to be part of  Fresh Air 15  Quenington Old Rectory, Gloucestershire Sunday 14th June to Sunday 5th July 2015. I am showing 3D tapestry weaving work and leading a workshop. 3-D WEAVING WORKSHOP – 27th and 28th June – £115  including materials For more information about […]

World Cultures Embroidery

5 week textiles course at Bexhill Museum Tuesday 3rd March to Tuesday 31st March Morning 10.30-12.30 or Afternoon 1.30-3.30 Embroidery is a fascinating and enchanting process; in this course you will take inspiration from Bexhill museums current intriguing exhibition exploring world cultures/collections and the links to Bexhill. You will look at […]

Women & Domesticity

I have been busy preparing work for the Women & Domesticity project led by Vanessa Marr. The exhibition of dusters is coming up soon in Eastbourne. My work uses embroidered dusters and  jam jars to reference a pleasurable domestic activity based on a quote by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass […]

Ebb & Flow- the textiles show |6th – 22nd October

Mermaid weaving

Mermaid weaving

The theme of Ebb & Flow is not limited to the movements of the sea where the ebb is the outgoing phase, when the tide drains away from the shore; and the flow is the incoming phase when water rises again. The terms are also common in figurative use such as ‘to come and go’, ‘to go with the flow’, or ‘to fade away’. In textile terms the scope for inspiration is wide, with stitches that ebb and flow through cloth, weft coming and going through warp, or dyes and colour being added or dispersed from fabric.”

The range of work that is now on display  in the gallery on the seafront in St Leonards on Sea along with short statements from the artists. For more information see www.hastingsartsforum.co.uk

My work is based on my ongoing research into the idea of ‘Hunter and Collector’   in which the phrase ‘Life’s rich tapestry’ is a symbolic use of weaving to represent life which is full of change and chance. The work explores the notion of going out to collect or find lost, discarded or broken objects. These ‘mermaid’ weavings celebrate carefully selected fascinating fragments found on the beaches and streets of Sussex. I have used guilded scallop shells as the base for the weaving and woven in the threads rom discarded plastic ropes that I have found washed up on the beach. Over the summer we have had several violent storms which provide rich pickings of the ropes which do not degrade and can cause damage to the creatures that live in the sea and on the shore. One day while out walking I cam across a lost  pink plastic jewel, I am sure it was a much loved detail of a bracelet; it now  sits alongside a sheet knot of green rope on a woven sea shell. I have made a total of 7 shells for the show but I am working on another to demonstrate the  weaving techniques for the British Tapestry Group at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace this weekend.

 

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only 2 places left!

I only have 2 places left for the Eccentric tapestry weaving workshop.

Oval  fragments

Oval fragments

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July 2015

Stade Hall, The Stade, Hastings, East Sussex

TN34 3FJ

10am -4.30pm

Come and learn the evocative eccentric technique of tapestry weaving where the surface changes and undulates across the weaving. Taking inspiration from the wonderful location in Hastings Old Town beside the English Channel; beginners and those with more experience can enjoy the opportunity to build their knowledge of a wide range of tapestry weaving techniques in a small like-minded group.

Cost: £110 for the 2 days to include some materials, tea, coffee and biscuits

Contact me as soon as possible to secure a place.

07771456291

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The Language of Green

SoCo Artists ‘

The Language of Green’ Art Exhibition

An exhibition linked to the local ‘Jack in the Green’
Festival.

Over the last few decades, green has become an
ideological and political colour as never before. At other times in history it has been
associated with a host of contradictory ideas, which range from evil superstition
and bad luck to love rebirth and health. It has been a courtly colour, a romantic
colour, a dangerous colour, and a symbol of fecundity.

For their forthcoming exhibition ‘The Language of Green’,
SoCo artists have been challenged to make a personal response to this colour
through their own practice as painters, printmakers, sculptors, mixed media and
textile artists.

The Language of Green’ at The Crypt
Gallery, St Mary in the Castle

7 Pelham Crescent, Hastings TN34 3AF: entrance at street level
Thursday 23 April to Tuesday 5 May 2015.

Open 11 00am – 5 00pm
daily (Closed Monday
27 April.)

SoCo Artists is an evolving group of professional artists, based in East Sussex. They present a regular programme of exhibitions, public arts events and talks in an eclectic range of venues, taking their work
to a wide and varied audience. Find out
more about SoCo Artists: http://www.soco.org.uk/

This is a sneak preview of my entry…………

Detail of Crowned swan

Detail of Crowned swan

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World collections- Bexhill Museum

Last month I lead a course looking at the World Collections at Bexhill Museum, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. The group used the collection to inspire their embroidered book jackets. The displays re part of the Uniques project which aims at uncovering Ethnography in Kent and Sussex. www.uniquesproject.org.uk

Here are the results of the 5 week Embroidery course-

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Water Week 2 8-14th March 2015

The tapestry weaving for Water Week 2 next week is being installed at Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex, BN27 1RN

I was inspired to weave this piece after a winter walk exploring the Pevensey Levels.

Water Layers

Tapestry weaving, wool and mixed fibres.

The work refers to the layers of water in the landscape on the Pevensey Levels where the sky is a large and dominant feature.

The weaving uses techniques are based on the traditional French Gobelin, demi- duite (half pass). The integration of French ideas is significant to this location and its associations with the Norman Conquests.

Artists Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still have worked with over 50 contributors to develop the  events. For more information about the full range of events talking place during Water Week 2 see www.underwateredge.wordpress.com

 

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Love is enough- collaborative tapestry factory

I have now completed the 4 day tapestry weaving residency at Modern Art Oxford on the factory floor as part of  Love is Enough William Morris & Andy Warhol. I was demonstrating and giving the visitors the opportunity to  contribute to a tapestry in a ‘factory’ setting.  Tapestry weaving is an ancient method of making pictorial textiles.

I designed 3 tapestries based on the exhibition; Firstly  the William Morris tapestry  The Attainment;  The Vision of the Holy Grail to Sir Galahad, Sir Bors and Sir Percival informed the colour blend piece using the reds and greens that are significant to the Morris work. Warhol’s Electric Chair  screen print reminded me of hatching techniques and the vibrant colours are infectious even if the subject is rather sinister. The third design looks at Warhol and Morris for inspiration where I used the shape of the flower in Warhol’s Flowers (Unfinished) screen print and the gold points of light that Morris used to add definition and detail to his flower wallpaper designs.

Here is the progress of the 3 tapestry designs over the 4  days.

I am really grateful to DMC for supporting the work by supplying the threads, and the British Tapestry group for providing resources and information to help visitors to learn more about the wonderful world of tapestry weaving  and not least the team at Modern Art Oxford for their welcome, organisation and publicity of the event.

See future posts to see how the work looks when it is finished……

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Eccentric Tapestry Weaving, The Stade, Hastings, Sussex

Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July 2015

Stade Hall, The Stade, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3FJ

10am -4.30pm

Come and learn the evocative eccentric technique of tapestry weaving where the surface changes and undulates across the weaving. Taking inspiration from the wonderful location in Hastings Old Town beside the English Channel; beginners and those with more experience can enjoy the opportunity to build their knowledge of a wide range of tapestry weaving techniques in a small like-minded group.

Cost: £110 for the 2 days to include some materials, tea, coffee and biscuits

A list of the materials and equipment you will need to bring along will be issued when you book, some materials will be available to buy from weaversbazaar during the workshop at their pop-up shop over the weekend. Details of places to stay can be provided if you would like to have a weekend break by the sea.

Undulations of eccentric tapestry weaving

Undulations of eccentric tapestry weaving

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Fresh Air 15 Sculpture – 3D tapestry weaving weekend

blue-orange  detail of weaving

I am really excited to be part of  Fresh Air 15  Quenington Old Rectory, Gloucestershire

Sunday 14th June to Sunday 5th July 2015.

I am showing 3D tapestry weaving work and leading a workshop.

3-D WEAVING WORKSHOP – 27th and 28th June – £115  including materials

For more information about the tapestry workshop and to book a place please see-

http://www.freshairsculpture.com/education-visits/

 

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World Cultures Embroidery

5 week textiles course at Bexhill Museum

Tuesday 3rd March to Tuesday 31st March

Morning 10.30-12.30 or Afternoon 1.30-3.30

Embroidery is a fascinating and enchanting process; in this course you will take inspiration from Bexhill museums current intriguing exhibition exploring world cultures/collections and the links to Bexhill. You will look at colours, patterns and textures to develop your own designs. The designs will be worked with hand and machine embroidery to create embellished fabric book covers.

Beginners and those with more experience can enjoy the opportunity to build their knowledge and skills of a wide range of textile techniques in a like-minded group.

This 5 week course costs £75 to include entrance to the museum on the day of the course and tea, coffee and biscuits.

To book a place please contact me for more information and please pay at the museum.

01424 787950

enquiries@bexhillmuseum.co.uk

Bexhill Museum, Egerton Road. Bexhill on Sea, TN39 3HL

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Women & Domesticity

I have been busy preparing work for the Women & Domesticity project led by Vanessa Marr. The exhibition of dusters is coming up soon in Eastbourne. My work uses embroidered dusters and  jam jars to reference a pleasurable domestic activity based on a quote by Lewis Carroll in Through the Looking-Glass and what Alice found there. 

 

Exhibition information

Exhibition information

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