Phew, a very successful Open Studios is finished, and all the bunting is packed away until next year
No time to rest on my laurels though ….. tomorrow I will be setting up my two man show called ‘Stitched – A Point of Departure’ with Hilary Marshall at the Rum’s Eg gallery in Romsey…will post some pics when it’s done. The exhibition opens on Tuesday and is there until the end of October!
Another exhibition is linked to this one called ‘Stitched’ this is Hilary and I together with 23 Graduates of the Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles that I ran at Eastleigh College… the brief was to fill Romsey Abbey with stitch! Partly to celebrate St. Ethelfleeda’s festival, it will be there for the whole of October… exciting times …. I am making a fairly major installation although it is not finished yet I am quite excited about it …. there have been some hiccups along the way … not least of which my friend Andy made some frames before I had finished the panels and yes… you guessed it, they shrank during the dyeing and stitching processes… First lesson of dyeing and stitching is to measure after the work is done!!! Hey Ho ….
Will post a flyer when Rum’s Eg send one to me …. watch this space
Open studios started today, the bunting is up and the flags are out
there was a wedding at the church, with a wonderful carriage
we had some lovely visitors today with tea coffee and cake with lots of chatter… Lynn Consuelo and I demonstrated lots of work and the weather was fantastic… Can’t promise the weather from now on, but there will be a warm welcome …. do pop in over the next two weeks, we are opposite the church in Owslebury , just follow the signs and the bunting!
More news on the new piece …. I hired the committed to cloth brand new studio for three days last weekend, fri sat and sun.. do look at the new website that Leslie has created. She has lots going on with some great tutors coming to teach there. It is not far from the M25 just after the Reigate turn and before the Gatwick one. Eleven print tables and I was able to use all of them at once! The new piece which I am calling ‘Communion’ requires 30 two metre panels and I have, after three twelve hour days on the benches, fifteen panels all printed with the backgrounds …it took nearly the whole first day to cut the fabrics and put them through the soda soak in readiness for the thickened procion MX dyes…. the first day was completed by creating two small samples so that I could decide on my intentions for the remaining two days….it took an hour for the first application of colour for each panel which was the base patterning in grey and in brown… then I applied colour over these which was a further 40 mins for each! Not going to tell you about the colour or the imagery at this stage, suffice to say this is me returning to stonking colour after several years of being very neutral… I am thrilled with the results, havent done the rinsing yet but half the panels are now sorted… obviously not ready for the stitch yet, but hopefuly i will have all the panels ready to stitch over the Easter break from college and teaching… watch this space!
i have several exhibitions to work towards this year, so , i am going to try to relate my process here as i struggle to complete an estimated 50 pieces of work this year… got to be really disciplined! ….there won’t be many pics because if I show the pieces here i wont be able to enter them for the exhibitions!
i have a two man show in Rum’s Eg a gallery in Romsey for the whole of September and October with Hilary Marshall….
and am part of a huge exhibition in Romsey Abbey for the whole of October! my Graduates, Hilary, and I are aiming to fill the abbey! will give details of dates etc when the leaflets are printed… but .. what am I going to do????
Well, i have decided to create a free standing installation possibly for or around St Nicholas’s chapel in the Abbey …the work for Rum’s Eg will grow from the sketchbook i am creating for the imagery…
have worked out the structures and my lovely friend Andy from the village has built me a prototype frame for me to start on the textiles side of things, then he will make up the rest of the structures for me … what a star!
I am really excited about this new body of work… going to use Leslie Morgan’s studio at the end os January where I will have several benches and hope to print all 40 panels destined for the Abbey
Busy drawing and painting into a sketchbook to focus my thoughts ,.. this is my process ….
work gets in the way of course and the sorting of the Granary Studio ready to start some workshops from easter onwards… i definitely need two more life times!
Check back, i will report on my progress!