Once again we are opening our doors to the general public as part of Chichester Art Trail, five days in May, May 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th and 11th. There’s always much to do, but we are now almost ready. Any UK based followers who are not too far from us would be most welcome! I shall have my usual range of textiles, from hangings to small and larger framed or mounted works. Some of these have already been aired on this blog, but the following photos will give an idea of both the work and our home. Husband Albert has some lovely paintings, large and small, life drawings and prints and you’ll see some on the photos too. Open houses rae great experiences. You meet the general public who actually choose to visit you as well as family and friends who are loyal supporters. I hope you enjoy the snapshots that follow.
Textile artists, ideas and processes and where to resource these are important for us all. If you don’t know the website http://www.textileartist.org then do have a look. This excellent site has regular articles by practising textile artists, as well as articles offering advice about all sorts of textile matters. I’ve written three articles now for them and have been delighted by the response from visitors to the site from all over the globe.
I’ve spent the last few weeks making a series of small works that I’ll be showing at exhibitions in the coming months, a couple follow for you as does a full image of a larger piece, Downs in Winter. I did put a detail of these on an earlier post but now I have a good image of the whole piece which also shows the framing process, attached to canvas in a box frame, unglazed.
and here are the two small images from my new series, the first is called “Silver Lining” and the second is “Spring Light” part of my Spring sequence, maybe if I stitch it Spring will get here!
I am delighted to say that I have been invited to demonstrate in the textiles marquee at Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxfordshire this year. For those who don’t know about it, its simply the best Art Show of its kind in the UK. There are artists demonstrating in numerous disciplines, painting, printing, jewellery and so much more, as well as live music, peformances, workshops for children and adults, food, gardens-it has everything! I’ll be posting more nearer the time but I wanted to flag it up now. I last demonstrated there in 2003 so I feel my work has moved on quite a lot. You can also look at the official Art in Action website which will have more info in some weeks time. Artists aren’t all listed as yet.
In the meantime I’ve been tidying my computer room as I’m getting an upgrade tomorrow and I suspect I’ll be tearing my hair out with the jump from XP to Windows 8! I’ve also been working on the smaller pieces like the one I posted last week and another follows. “May Afternoon” For those followers who are not UK based, we are suffering horrendous weather, with parts of the country literally drowning, and although where we live its currently luckily just nastily wet and windy, it does rather preclude going out to look at the land! So, the following textile looks back at a May afternoon when a trip to the downs was viable!
Firstly Happy New Year to my followers!
I mentioned this exhibition in my final posting in 2013, so starting the New Year with more information seems like a good idea. The exhibition takes place from January 10th -19th, open from 10-5pm daily, closing at 4pm on the final Sunday.
The Mall Galleries, London SW1 (near Admiralty Arch off Trafalgar Square)
As well as a wide range of textile media on show, quilting, stitching, felting, mixed media and weaving to mention just some of the areas covered, you’ll see wonderful furniture, ceramics and glass, metal and jewellery. You can get a good coffee and scrummy cake there as well! Details on the following website:-www.societyofdesignercraftsmen.org.uk
I’ve already posted some of the images I’ll be showing there as I’ve made them over the past few months-a record of seasonal changes seen on the South Downs.
Here are a couple more for you, looking at stitch detail that I’ve magnified in some cases as they show the way I draw with threads. Enjoy!
It’s a while since my last post. An amazing trip to Dubai has taken a lot of time and energy, and as well as Christmas preparations I have work to complete and frame for exhibitions. Designer Crafts at London’s Mall Galleries is my next outing from January 10th-19th. This is a splendid exhibition with not only textiles, but a whole range of applied arts and crafts by established and new makers. If you don’t know it and are near London then its well worth a visit. Designer Crafts is the annual showcase of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, the oldest and largest multi- craft society in the UK. It was founded in 1887 as the Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society and William Morris was one of the first exhibitors and the second president. I am honoured to have followed in his footsteps and was chairman from 2006-2010.
The following pieces are new ones that I’ve made for the exhibition, although ” A quiet summers evening” has already found a new home and so will not be there
“A Quiet Summer’s Evening”
This next piece is part of my Skyfall series, “Midsummer” I posted a detail of it earlier this year
and finally “A touch of Frost”. I’m looking at this colour scheme for a commission that I will be making in the New Year, so I’ve been working out colours and ideas here
I’m very pleased to have been invited once again to show work in this beautiful gallery in Farnham, Surrey, which showcases both The Fine and Applied Arts. You can see three larger stitched canvases, including “Sea Divided” and The Mountains of Mourne (in sun), alongside three smaller works. I’m also currently completing my series called “Skyfall” a seasonal look at the South Downs where we live, which will be shown for the first time in January at the Mall Galleries in London- more about that nearer the time.
The Mountains of Mourne in Ireland inspired a series of works following a teaching trip there. This is my favourite one, the others have all found new homes! Sunlight on the mountains following the inevitable Irish rain shower proved inspirational as rich golds and greens play out symphonic variations together.
In “Sea Divided” I looked at the pattern of sunlight on the sea whilst watching the waters change and divide by the passage of the long distance ferry from Santander in Spain.
With the Knitting and Stitching Show in London next week and other gallery commitments to fulfil I am very busy stitching. I’m going on with my series based on the South Downs. For non British readers of this blog, the Downs are gently rolling hills that run along just inland from the south coast of England and I live a five minute drive from them. They have influenced my work for many years. The forms and colours change dramatically throughout the year, and it’s this that I’m currently exploring. Light, shadow, crops and pathways are recurring features for me.
I put up a couple of images earlier this summer but here are sections from two recently completed works. They will be on show for the first time at the Mall Galleries in London in January along with other pieces from the series.
So here are the two central sections from the Downs, one based on summer, with hints of poppies in the fields, and the second looks at days in early autumn with the Isle Of Wight in the distance.
I’ll be posting later again this month with more exhibition news.
One aspect of my work over the years has been involved in curating and setting up exhibitions. As head of fine Art at Chichester University for a number of years, the students’ degree shows played a major part in my work, and from 1999 I have helped curate exhibitions for the Society of Designer Craftsmen. From 1999-2011 I co curated Designer Crafts at the Mall Galleries in London, and in 2012 I curated Everyday Encounters for the Society with the William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow. I’ve just had an article published on this subject with the “Textile Artist” and the following link should take you to it. The site has lots of really good interviews with textile artists so is always worth looking at.