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.
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!
I have had interviews and articles published in three places this week. One is here on the lovely Textile Curator website. The second is here and is part of a series of articles where Anne Williams discusses ‘unfinished’ work. Number three is an article in The Quilter, which can be viewed here. This appears in Winter 2015 issue (no. 145) of The Quilter, the quarterly membership magazine of The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. ‘Moving On’ follows the article I wrote for The Quilter following my bursary from the Quilters’ Guild in 2011.
I found out yesterday that I have been awarded Silver in the Textiles and Needlecraft category of the Craft & Design Selected Makers Awards 2014. I’m so pleased! You can see all the finalists and award winners here. Thank you to all who voted for me as it is down to you that I was a finalist.
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.
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!
My work is installed in my space on stand F25 at the Festival of Quilts. I’m sharing this stand with the lovely Rose and Clive, fellow prize winners from last year. We battled motorway closures and summer storms to get to the NEC, but we made it. I’m really excited now about the show opening tomorrow.
As well as installing my work today I was able to attend the opening of European Art Quilts VII, which is showing at the Festival, before touring to Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium over the next 18 months. I was so thrilled that my Folded Wall was accepted. It is a really high quality exhibition with a wide range of styles that have come together to complement each other so well and representing 15 different countries. I feel very proud to be part of this.
I forgot to say, in the whirlwind that was yesterday, that my miniature quilt was awarded a Highly Commended! I’m a bit embarrassed by this as I wasn’t entirely happy with the final result but had to send it off for the deadline in a bit of a rush. Also, it is far from traditional. I’m told that it caused some fierce discussion in the judging panel!
>What a day I’ve had! I was told this morning that I am joint winner of the Graduate Showcase bursary at the Festival of Quilts. I’m absolutely thrilled! I share the prize with Rose Wood and we both went to the presentation event this afternoon (hosted by Kaffe Fassett) where we were given a cup of tea (very welcome by that point in the day!) and our certificates by Pauline Burbidge, who selected us both at New Designers and here. We both get a chunk of money to spend furthering our work and a space at next year’s show.
I also met Claire Benn and Janice Gunner today, who both bought pieces of my work. I’ve had so many lovely comments and conversations today, I’m surprised I got my head out the door at the close of show! Excuse me while I just go and pinch myself…