I spent most of last week at Oxford Summer School teaching an extended workshop called Lost & Found. We had great fun and it was lovely to get to know the students a little over the period of the workshop. We shared a host of different techniques: mark-making, printing, stitching… all based around various found objects and there was much delight at the discoveries we made. The students produced some really exciting work.
I will be working in the Virtual Studio at the Festival of Quilts on Friday morning and Saturday afternoon this week. This inspiring area of the show (run by the wonderful Committed to Cloth) provides an insight into how different artists work in the studio, so isn’t necessarily about finished pieces but the journey you go through before they are reached.
Last week I packed up my new Sand Marks pieces along with some of my Tide Marks books, some sketchbooks and found objects to do with the Spurn project. These all went off to Cardiff ready for A Personal Perspective at the Makers Guild in Wales. The exhibition opens this Saturday with a private view on Friday evening and runs until 28th April. Sadly I won’t be able to make the opening as I will be at another event…
The Leeds Artists’ Book Fair is on at leeds University this Friday and Saturday and I will be showing my work there. I have visited this event in previous years and there are some amazing book creations to be seen. As I’m a relative new-comer to the world of art books I feel rather humble about being offered a space. I’m really looking forward to seeing the other exhibits.
Further afield, the European Art Quilt VII exhibition moves to its next venue this week. My Folded Wall is included in this touring show. From 10th March it will be showing at the Breda’s Museum, Netherlands. It is there until 5th May.
And even further away, the Sketchbook Project tour has begun in America with various dates over the coming months. Once my contribution is available to view digitally on their website I’ll give the link.
And if that isn’t enough Hannah‘s lovely exhibition Experiments in Light and Landscape featuring her landscape based work opens this Thursday at the Yorkshire Craft Centre in Bradford (preview 4-7pm)
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.