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.
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 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…
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.
I was fortunate to spend a weekend with the Textile Study Group a few weeks ago. The group is made up of textile artists and tutors who share their experience and skills with their students and with each other. The weekend I attended was themed around ‘drawing’, but not just the conventional pencil on paper stuff that immediately springs to mind. We explored how different artists take initial ideas and get things down on paper (or elsewhere) as a starting point for their work – ‘taking the idea out of your head’. This included intensive drawing exercises, as well as group and individual activities on recording what we found around us. Many different ways of recording thoughts, sights, experiences were explored and discussed. It was an immensely stimulating and enriching weekend. What became clear was that everyone has a different approach to drawing, recording ideas and developing their work. Each approach is personal to each artist but all are relevant.
I’m really pleased to announce that I have been made a member of the Textile Study Group. This is quite an honour and I look forward to working with the wonderful artists and teachers that make up the members of the group.
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.
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)