Fine Art Textiles Award

I am thrilled that my Apple Vessels 1-5 have been shortlisted for the Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award at the Festival of Quilts. These vessels were made using paper yarn, hand stitched around apples, which were then allowed to dry and shrink within. They are stained with ink made from apple wood and were inspired by bird-pecked fruit on the autmnal allotment, often leaving ‘vessels’ of just skin and core.

The Fine Art Textiles Award will be on show at the NEC 1-4 August and then will go on to the Knitting & Stitching Shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate. I also have work in Natural Selection (see previous posts). I will be giving a lecture called ‘Plotting’ at 10.30 am on Thursday 1st August about this recent work that focuses on my allotment as a source of materials and inspiration. The lecture can be booked here (listed under workshops with my name as tutor) and you can use the discount code WT2 for tickets to the show.


DIS/rupt opens today at the Museum in the Park and tomorrow at Lansdown Hall Gallery, Stroud. This exhibition and associated events is by the Textile Study Group and is launching as part of SIT select. There are twenty members showing work across the two venues and some of us are teaching workshops linked to the project. You can read more about DIS/rupt here, book onto workshops, the DIS/rupt symposium and see all the other events happening here and you can read a bit more about the work I have made for this exhibition here.

The Private View for the exhibitions are this Friday – do come along if you can.

two visits

I gave a talk to Halifax Embroiderers’ Guild last Friday.  (It is still a bit of a novelty to think complete strangers actually want to sit and listen to me talk about my work for the best part of an hour!)  I took along my Spurn sketchbooks and some samples as well as the 10 metre long Spurn Cloth #2.  After I spoke we had some fascinating conversations and I met some lovely ladies.  We also spread the long cloth out across the floor for everyone to have good look at the detail.

It’s always interesting to see how someone else decides to place your work; work that you’re so used to arranging a particular way so that it wouldn’t occur to you to do it differently.

I went to the Private View of Unit Twelve‘s Contemporary Craft Open at the weekend.  It was a lovely event with two rooms full of beautiful work and I felt very privileged to have my work included.  I was intrigued to see how my concertina books would be placed by the curator, having not been to the gallery before and having posted them off a couple of weeks prior to the exhibition opening.  When you’re used to arranging your own work it can be a surprise to see how others choose to do it but it can also be useful and make yo see things differently.

>writing and stitching

I’ve done quite a bit of planning and writing this week. The second draft of my dissertation is due in soon so I gave some necessary time early in the week to completing the sections still not written. I wrote my introduction and most of chapter 3. It feels like the end is in sight now!

We had a really interesting and useful talk from Clare Lane on Wednesday. It means so much more hearing directly from someone else’s experience than being told the theory of the steps you might take after you finish a BA. Clare is currently artist in residence at Bradford College through the AA2A scheme and it is fascinating to see her working in the print room and experimenting with the digital printer, pushing the boundaries of how it can be used.

I spent most of Thursday stitching and planning various different stitch-based samples. It was good to have a hands-on day after a few days of computers and writing.

Yesterday I collected an order of felt from an industrial felt manufacturer in Dewsbury. After my felt deliberations (see previous posts) I decided to go for their product as it really is right for what I’m trying to achieve. The wool is from New Zealand (not British wool as I’d originally hoped to use) and the felt has a really smooth surface and solid structure.

Current listening: The Decemberists (in my head having heard them live last night)