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terrible times

What terrible times we are going through at the moment, I hope everyone is staying safe. On the bright side I am busy working on catching up with myself, not least of which is to bring this site back to life… now I am confined to barracks I am hoping to get my new body of work finished ready for when the exhibitions are back up and running, I am writing a book to accompany it, and hopefully that will soon be finished, I am on the homeward straight at the moment .. and I have plans for the next one!

Although this is such a dreadful time, and I am missing seeing my little grandchildren as well as my big kids, this is an opportunity to re-evaluate … I do actually relish days at home, whether I will fee that way after several months, we will see

I am keeping to my daily practise of writing and drawing into sketchbooks, I am now working on my ‘isolation’ book , as well as my ‘lost faces’ and my ‘roots’. So plenty to do … I know many creative people are struggling to concentrate on creative pieces, and i feel the same way, but having a daily practice with no responsibility to produce masterpieces is my way forward..

I am planning to chart my progress through these next months and to stay in touch. Take care everyone, and keep safe xx

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Dayschools at the Granary Studio

As well as the longer courses that I teach at the Granary Studio, I am now offering some short, dayschools. In response to requests from my followers, I have titled the series Dayschool Fridays., which just means that they all occur on Fridays, you can book onto just one, or you can book them all, no problem!

If you would like to see something else offered, please do let me know, then I can either teach it, or get a tutor who can. Hope there is something you can find to do in this list.

I am still getting all the information pages together, but I wanted to tell you about this venture before the festival of quilts so you get a chance to book onto your choice of days.. when the course code is blue, click on it and you will go to the information sheet, I am still workingon any that are not so please come back later

Dayschool Fridays with Susan in 2019,  10.00 – 16.00.   

£50 a session to include most materials

Each session is bookable independently

19 October             SC012   An introduction to Patchwork
26 October             SC013   Slow Stitching, Kantha stitched Collages
5 April                    SC014   Know your Sewing Machine 1, an introduction to basic machine skills on your sewing machine
12 April                  SC015  Know your Sewing Machine 2, an introduction to free machining and learning to draw with your sewing machine
3 May                      SC016  Using Thermofax Screens, an introduction
17 May                    SC017  Paper Lamination, an introduction
31 May                    SC018  Simple Folded Books
21 Jun                     SC019   Simple Stitched Books

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exhibition

I am part of a textile group called Room6 and tomorrow we are setting up an exhibition at the Ashcroft Centre in Fareham, Hampshire

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We are there from 16 April until 26 May, so plenty of time to pop in and see our work.

We are currently working towards our next exhibition ‘Missing Elements’ which will be shown at this autumn’s Knitting and Stitching shows at Alexandra Palacew in October followed by Dublin and Harrogate in November

Hope to see you all at one of these venues, do pop in and say hello

 

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Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, mine was different this year, I went to my daughter’s house, she has a new baby and my son in law was cooking so we all converged in Uttoxeter … wonderful to hand over the cooking …

and so, now my mind turns to the new year … what will 2018 bring ….

I have just posted some new classes on my granary website .. do visit .. hopefully there wil be some classes that interest you    www.granarystudio.com

I am running a drawing course at Eastleigh college which finishes at the end of this term and working a little with theyoung students too, but I am cuting back on hours there … don’t forget the HNC Contemporary Art Practice, I will teach on that if it runs.. we still have the names from last year so hopefully it will … if not, then my time at Eastleigh College may draw to a close after 15 years!

the Granary Studio goes from strength to strength so I will not be at a loose end…

I hope to see you there or at the shows, I will be at ICHF shows in Glasgow and Birmingham, back to back in March.. and at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August, Hampshire Open Studios in Granary Studios in August too, then finally the  Autumn Knitting and Stitching shows, probably at all three .

A very Happy and Healthy New year to you all

Susan x

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Dublin Knit and Stitch Show

Just back from the wonderful city of Dublin where I was part of an exhibition called ‘The Sewing Machine Project’ by the group Studio21.. if you would like to know more about our group then please visit our website – www.studio21textileart.co.uk

meanwhile here is a flavour of our exhibition

 

the show will now travel to the knit and stitch show in Harrogate on the weekend  23-26 november, just a week and a half away!

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Busy August

Wow! … Festival of Quilts was amazing this year, it seems to have been totally refreshed somehow … we were so busy on our two stands, Susan Chapman Stitched Textiles and Granary Studio Students, that I didnt get a chance to take any photos … sorry … suffice to say, I handed out over 600 leaflets and signed up a further hundred people to our mailing lists for information about the classes I teach and organise at the Granary Studio… so now I am busy typing them into the system!

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I am thrilled that I got a judges choice award for my quilt ‘The Building of New York’

Details of the latest programme of classes to be held here at the Granary Studio can be found on the website at www.granarystudio.com

Now back from the NEC, we are headlong into Hampshire Open Studios… Room 6 are presenting the Seven Deadly Sins and much more at the Granary, we have had loads of visitors already, again I have had no time to take many photos .. just the one of the seven deadly sins

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We are having a couple of days off today and tomorrow but will re-open on Thursday right through until Monday afternoon.. tea and coffee will be drunk and lovely homemade cake will be consumed.. hope to see you all at the Granary sometime over the weekend, there will be members of Room 6 here to greet you and show you what we do …

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Festival of Quilts

Festival of Quilts is next week at the NEC in Birmingham, it runs from Thursday 10th until Sunday 13th August.. I will be there with a stand QIA24 which is next to the Granary tudio Student stand, so please do pop by and say hello …

I am also part of a European Exhibition called ‘Perception’ it is the first venue for this travelling show, presented by ArtQuiltFusion. you will find us in TG1 right at the front beyond the winning quilts … do have a look, we represent eight different European countries and our styles are very different from each other … really interesting!

Hope to see you all somewhere next week! enjoy!

 

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Another Great Couple of Shows

phew.. just back from two ICHF shows, only two weeks apart firstly ‘The Scottish Quilting Show’at the SECC in Glasgow and then the ‘Fashion and Embroidery Show’ at the NEC in Birmingham … I was so busy on the aproach to these shows I didnt get to post any information about them but do put the dates in your diaries for next year …..

The Scottish Quilting Show … at SECC in Glasgow will run …           8-11 March 2018

Fashion and Embroidery Show … at NEC Birmingham will run …  15-18 March 2018

They are actually back to back next year so that will be a test of packing and re-packing! I will be at both shows next year too

But, this year ….

I had a large solo exhibition in Glasgow and I also taught some lovely ladies and gentlemen every day of the show …I taught my workshop ‘Explorng Simple Print’ using funky foam and polystyrene, and I think everyone had great fun, including me. The washing up was a bit of a challenge though with automatic taps in the loos until the lovely Jane Bolsover found me a catering sink .. she really is an amazing mover and shaker…glasgow 01glasgow 02

and all sorts of fun at the NEC two weeks later

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this is my demonstrator stand and behind that the  ByDesign exhibition titled ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, here are a couple of views

Finally the third stand I was involved in was the Eastleigh College stand … this showed the work from last summers HNC end of first year interim show, four students who are textile based, from this course came with their work … and here are a couple of views

they are Shelly Canning, Me, Irene Belcher and Frances Davison, a great time was had by all … and , finally, all my family came on the sunday and helped take down … those who know us well know that it is quite rare for all of us to get together

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that is me, Oli Son, Evelyn Daughter with Granddaughter on board who I ill hopefully meet at the end of June! and last but certainly not least Ben son-in-law

thats it, my whole dynasty so far….

speak soon

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wow, what a fantastic show!

well good gracious what a fabulous time I had in Maastricht .. this is a lovely quilt show, and I had a great time there .. the driving was long especially through Belgium… having got the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk… but this is a very good show …. hardly any Brits which is a shame … I don’t think there was a British quilt in the competitions even … though I might be wrong ..next year the show is thur 19th – sun 22 October 2017 so put it in your diary and get visiting …. the competition theme is ‘Speed’ next year so think of entering a quilt …. I was one of the judges this year along with Mary Palmer from Cork in Ireland and Hilde von Shaardenburg from Hilversum in Holland. It was very hard work but such fun …. working with the others was really interesting and independently we agreed on most quilts and a really good discussion on those that we differed on …. I am planning to teach there next year so hopefully see you there

I had a fabulous space for my solo show.. still waiting for various people to send me photos which I will share later and one of my ‘not invisible’ ladies quilts is now residing in Germany , up near the Danish border…

please visit www.textile-festivals.com for more information about this great place

 

 

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Maastricht

Phew!….just finished the 27th and final quilt for my solo show which is part of the      (EOQC) European Open Quilt Championships, held in Maastricht on 20-23 October 2016… it is their 20th anniversary.. and I am one of the invited guest collections to be shown there…

I have several mini series of pieces and am excited by the final set … totally different for me, I am trying to work with the landscape …. I have tried before but ended up with ‘pretty’ pictures which is not what I wanted to achieve…. this time I have made three large quilts titled ‘A Walk Through Owslebury’, this is the village that I have lived in for five years now and love it here….  I think I am pleased with them , but  won’t really know until I see them hanging n the exhibition… I will have had a week not looking at them and will see them with fresh eyes when I view the exhibition ….

This event is excellent and from my point of view, I am driving to Maastricht because I decided I couldnt drag 4 huge suitcases through Schipol onto a train and then find the conference centre … so, I have a parking space there and the hotel is on the same campus as the exhbition… should be totally stress free ….

And , Ada Honders, who is the organiser, has a team of people who hang the quilts too …. so, I just have a few sleeves to stitch and then I am finished ….

to find out more about the event please visit www.oeqc.eu

If anyone reading this is coming to the show, do please come by and say hello, I will be at the exhibition for all four days