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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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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

family

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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Rum’s Eg Exhibition

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