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OOPS!

It is of course the SELECT Festival! sorry to have got the name wrong, i am obviously living in the past and thinking of a previous event… We have now received the actual citation for our award…

Studio21 is the winner of the prestigious Hartlebury Award 2016 presented annually during the Select Festival

The person who was judging said that he thought our work was innovative and inspiring, we were very welcoming and that the work pushed the boundaries of textile art.

And the official statement reads

‘The Sewing Machine Project’ showed an eclectic mix of work from wrapped up deconstructed sewing machines, fascinating insights into the piece work machinists, to beautifully machined fabrics. The pictures of men milling the sewing machine and the women at work using them provided a historic background to the work, together with the professionally produced and informative booklet. It was an inspiring and professionally presented exhibition’

We’re now entitled to display the logo in all our communications. How fantastic is that!

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Award Winning Studio21

 

 

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We have just received amazing news from the Stroud Internationa Textile Festival. Our exhibition ‘The Sewing Machine Project’ has been awarded the Hartlebury Award for the best exhibitor in the SIT Festival 2016. We are thrilled , and there is a monetary prize too which will be very welcome.

We would love you to come and visit us at the Landsdown Gallery in Stroud .. we are open from 10.00-16.30 every day except Monday and Sundays we are not open until 11.00… the exhibition will be open until Sunday 28th May.

I shall be stewarding on 13th, 14th and 15th, then again on 27th and 28th so please pop in and say hello…

see previous post for more details

 

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Stroud International Textile Festival

Next week we will be opening our Sewing Machine Project exhibition at the Stroud International Textile Festival, do come and see us .. I will be stewarding 13/14/15 May and 27/28 May so would be pleased to see anyone who would like to visit

The dates and times of the exhibition are as follows

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Almost Ready to go

The ICHF show Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch will be open on Thursday until Sunday, 17-20 March, to find out more please visit

http://www.fashionembroidery.co.uk

It is a fabulous show in Hall 12 of the NEC. All the usual suspects will be there including ArtVanGo and Oliver Twists… My favourite clothes stand with the gorgeous UWE always able to sell me something new to wear.. lots of exhibitions, lots of shops so bring your money and cards!

All the stitching is finished, just got the leaflets and statements to update and print, battens to cut and drill …. clothes are washed , packing started

Here are a few images to whet your appetite… can’t show the whole pieces because they wouldn’t be new to the exhibitions I have this year.

The first pic is of a group of five titled ‘Not Invisible’, it is said that when we get grey haired and over 60 we become invisible ….. not in my world we don’t! These will be shown as part of the Room6  exhibition titled ‘6 Shades of Grey’ so please do pop in and say hello to whoever is stewarding that day

The second pic shows a group of five again this time titled ‘Men at Work’ and the third pic is titled ‘The Building of New York’ and is drawn from the iconic photograph of workmen sitting on a  girder high up above the New York skyline. this one is a monster, over 10feet wide. These pieces will be shown in the People and Places gallery, where Kim Thittichai and I will be showing our new work and demonstrating too. Please pop by and say hello

hope to see you there

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ICHF show is coming up

Time is flying past, the ICHF show is only a month away now … 17th-20th March at the NEC, Birmingham…

working flat out for two exhibitions … a two man show with the wonderful Kim Thittichai and a group show with the equally wonderful Room6!

thought I would give you a small taster of what is happening in the studio at the moment to whet your appetite for this event

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lots of fabric being created

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and lots of images being created …. ready to put it all together and start stitching!

 

 

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Harrogate Here I Come!

Golly, we are hurtling towards the end of November and that means just one thing… the Knitting and Stitching show is moving on to Harrogate ….. I just love this show, they are all subtly different and this is one of my favourites… Here I am working on the Artist in Action stand in 2010 for Art Van Go.. Note the change of hair!

07I will be back there this year on the Artist in Action stand for Art Van Go on Friday Sat and Sun morning, so please pop over and say Hi if you are going to be there. Friday morning will see a double act with Kim Thittichai and I working on the same bench… we have a two man show coming up at the ICHF show at the NEC, B’Ham in March 2016, so this will be our first get together to start some planning and get some work done. Then I will work solo for the rest of Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday morning.

I will be working with procion dye … some drawing, some monoprinting, and anything else that comes to mind while I am working … I plan to decorate my washing line around the whole of my area!

See you there x

 

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Next one up! this time Romsey Abbey

It looks wonderful … a huge thank you to my wonderful graduates who have made the most fabulous work and hung it in the Abbey today. I am , of course biassed … but I think the Abbey looks pretty fantastic …. thanks to the verger and his ‘mate’ all the arches have been filled with a variety of pieces, and wherever you look there are intriguing pieces and surprises around every corner… it is just as I had hoped and planned for many months ago … my own piece ‘Communion’ is safely installed in St. Lawrences Chapel

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these are two pieces to whet your appetite, my own, and the wonderful mediaeval lady from Sue Fish who frightened the life out of the organist when he came in to practice this evening! no other images at the moment because I havent had permission from anyone else yet …. SO.. come and see for yourselves … opening is at 6pm in the Abbey tomorrow Tuesday 29th Sept …. and it is open until Nov 1st

Hilary Marshall and I have a partner exhibition at Rum’s Eg in Bell street Romsey , just around the corner with a super cafe upstairs

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We are open!

The Rums Eg exhibition is up and running, Hilary and I spent a very happy day in Romsey yesterday with Siriol and Kat, hanging our sixty something pieces of work!

here are some pics

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please do pop in when you are passing, it is on until the end of October … now full steam ahead to get the panels for the Romsey Abbey exhibition ready before I go to Alsace next week for yet another exhibition!

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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

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We are Off!!!

first class at the Granary Studio tonight, Lynn will be teaching her Dressmaking Improvers 10 week class..

then, tomorrow, we have the two day Weekend Bonanza weekend… this is a two day course starting with a bit of design, some printmaking and finally some stitching of your pieces …

There is still one place for tomorrow and Saturday …. if you are interested, then please phone 01962 777480… we supply just abut everything, just bring some fabrics and papers, maybe your sewing machine, oh and lunch… do visit http://www.granarystudio.com