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I’m now half way through my drawing project 40 Sycamore Keys. Each time I go to the studio I start the day by doing a couple of these drawings. The latest 10 are now listed on my shop. I’m really enjoying working my way through the collection, studying and recording each one in turn.

This week I haven’t managed to get to the studio. I’ve had a great deal of administration to do, so I’ve concentrated on that and done research and reading. I find it depressing to spend a week staring at the computer screen rather than doing what feels like ‘proper’ work. However, it is all relevant stuff and next week will involve much more making.

Once again it is the time of year when Craft & Design Magazine run their Selected Makers Awards. Voting is open until the end of March. If you would like to vote for me (here) your help would be much appreciated – thank you!

 

published

Chaptern 6 Sense of Place

My book is published today! So now it is available to buy from all good bookshops. Of course there are various ways of getting a copy (and various prices on the internet) but if you want to buy one directly from me I have signed copies available in my shop.

I’m really grateful to the contributing artists whose work is also featured in the book, enriching it with their inspirational words and stunning images: Jilly Edwards, India Flint, Claire Wellesley-Smith, Catherine Lewis, Dorothy Caldwell, Joanne B Kaar, Lotta Helleberg, Jennifer Coyne Qudeen, Hannah Lamb, Debbie Lyddon. The practices of these wonderful artists’ are all bound up with their own experience of and respect for the natural world.

I’m just getting ready to go off to the Festival of Quilts at the NEC. I will be demonstrating in the Virtual Studio on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. Do come and say hello if you’re there. Oh, and I might have some books with me…

the book has landed!

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Well almost… The books have arrived at Art Van Go for the launch this Saturday (25th July). Do come along between 12 and 4pm if you are within reach. I will be there with a pen to sign copies and I’m told there will be cake too! On the walls in the gallery space at Art Van Go there are lots of examples of my work featured in the book. The exhibition, called Here & There, will be up until the end of August. The book is officially released on 6th August so the 50 copies we have for the launch really are hot off the press and prior to the publishing date. Once I have some copies in stock myself they will be available to order here. I will be at the Festival of Quilts at the NEC on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August. I’ll be demonstrating in the Virtual Studio and I will have copies there too.

catalogue

SIT Select catalogue 2014

The catalogues have arrived for Stroud International Textiles’ Select festival. They look great and there is such a feast of textile related events and exhibitions included this year. I’m sorting out the last few bits of publicity material for Tide Marks, which will be in Stroud from 6 – 24 May. I’m thrilled that I have Arts Council funding to support this exhibition (supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England) as well as for taking it to Hull and London later this year. While I’m in Stroud I will be running two one day workshops in the gallery at Lansdown Hall. One is already sold out but there are still some places available on 21st May.

SIT Select catalogue pageAnd by the way, thanks to all you lovely people who voted for me in the Craft & Design Selected Maker awards, I am one of the six finalists in my category – thank you all so much!

leeds artists’ book fair

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I will be at this lovely event this weekend at The Tetley, a new contemporary art gallery in Leeds. I first showed at this event last year and it was a very friendly gathering of all things book art. I’m looking forward to seeing the new venue and meeting some lovely artists’ book making/appreciating people! I’ll be taking some of my Tide Marks books along, as well as this: Forgotten HaberdasheryAlice Fox Forgotten Haberdashery book detail 3

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vote for me (please)

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You may have noticed the blue badge on the right hand side of this page, which takes you to my profile on Craft & Design’s Selected Makers site. Voting for the Craft & Design Selected Makers Awards 2014 is open and if you would like to vote for me you can do so here – at the bottom of my profile page.

And to celebrate reaching 1000 Facebook page ‘likers’ I’m doing a little give-away.  I’f you’d like to be in with a chance go to my page and scroll down to the post from 17th January where you can leave a comment to be included in the draw.  The hat closes at 6pm on Friday 24th – good luck!

in stock

I’ve done some updating of the items on my online shop.  You can now find a series of collagraph prints on there, including some of my Spurn Marks prints.  These feature rust prints with collagraphs over-printed.  There are also a few concertina books, various cards and some framed pieces as well.  Because each item is unique things change on there quite frequently, so it’s worth keeping an eye on what is currently available.  The link to the shop is always on the right hand side of the blog and I’m happy to post to anywhere in the world.

artists in action

I will be demonstrating on the Artists in Action stand at the Knit & Stitch Show in Harrogate this week.  The show is on Thursday to Sunday and I’ll be there on Thursday and Friday mornings.  There are six artists working on the stand at any one time.  We’ll be on stand C590.  Do come and say hello.  I’ve never done anything like this before and have to admit I’m a bit nervous about having people watch me working.  But I was thrilled to be invited to do it and am looking forward to meeting lots of lovely people at the show.

tide marks

I’m really pleased with how my tide marks series of work has turned out now it’s framed.  I’ve been lovingly working at, adding to, sorting and revisiting these small pieces of dyed, printed, stitched paper over the last few weeks.  But I always worried that they wouldn’t stand on their own as individual pieces.  Somehow by placing these things into frames they are transformed into the precious items that I already feel they are: it says ‘this is what they are’ to any other viewer that hasn’t had the relationship with them that I have.

These are quiet pieces, subtle.  I hope that whoever looks at them will be intrigued, drawn in by the play of different marks and textures.  They invite you to look closely, study the lines, see where the stitches go.  At least that’s how I feel about them.  I want them to intrigue people, please them and perhaps puzzle them.

These, as well as other work, will be shown next weekend at 6 Harold Place as part of the Saltaire Arts Trail.