Thursday, 19 September 2019

I am in the 'Wilder West of the USA for a few weeks. A land where I am really noticing Autumn arriving in the glorious sunsets. It is reported the sunsets have more purple in them because of  recent volcanic eruptions in islands between Japan and Russia.
Sunset in Tuscon
Red Rocks and Sunset and Sunrise in Sedona
Biscuit Scrabble with Front Range Contemporary Quilters . Work in progress and beautiful threads below.

I visited an exhibition Evolving Perceptions work by the regional SAQA members at the Foothills Arts Center in Golden on until 6th October.
Aunt Gin, Margaret Abramshe, Aunt Gin
High Plains Judith Duffield, Deconstructed Silk Screen Dye
Christi Beckman, Fabric-Stitch-Plexi with Regina Benson in background
Barbara Olsen, Where Do I End and You Begin?

Views from my tree house in the mountains of Boulder.

Finally but not least I am delighted to be featured in the October/November edition of Quilting Arts Magazine.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Sun Later, Good

Sun has indeed come later this month and I have been making the most of it and working in the garden before making a trip to see friends in the USA.

I am happy to announce I will be exhibiting at the Queen Street Gallery Neath from the 5th October until 2nd November. Please come and join me at a Meet the Arist event on Saturday 12th October 6.00pm.
I have featured in two on-line interviews this month. The School of Stitched Textiles gets behind some recent exploration and ideas for future projects.The Arty Teacher provides some useful background to my work processes for teachers and schools.

Finally, delighted to see some fine examples of Boro. part of the Gordon Reece collection, in Bath last week. This was on show at a gallery called 8 Holland Street which is actually in Margaret Buildings between the Royal Crescent and the Circus.
The exhibition closes on 14 September and would highly recommend it. Below are a couple of close ups:

I also loved this degraded wall nearby, once home of a tea emporium. 
and of course, who would not love the ceramics at the Victoria Art Gallery

Off now, to make a cuppa!

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Wanderer...walking and working

Summer always proves a busy time of year and much of the time teaching, working and walking combine as I travel.  I have recently returned from back to back trips to France and Germany and have also been to Ireland and Yorkshire.
Images starting with the West Coast of Ireland are below.
Vardo as part of an Irish Traveller's event at Galway City Museum during Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month.
Incredible stone walls on Inisheer

Lund Studios Yorkshire (I am back there in 2020)

Kukate, Germany

Malta Wildflowers, a textile memory of an earlier trip has found a new home:
Alpine Experience  Images of recent workshop.

 Thankyou from students

My connection to my Romany Grandmother appears to be strongly connected to my feet.! A traditional name for a traveller in Ireland 'An Lucht Siúil' translates as 'The Walking People'. This delightful animation, Roads to The Past'  written by Damien Le Bas with artwork by Beck Williams provides a short History of Britain's Gypsies, Roma and Travellers. You can find out more about the cultural background and creative projects today on the Romani Cultural and Arts Company website.
Whilst Tea Flora Tales last shown at my exhibition in Rochester has come to the end of its exhibition life its influence inspired 52 Stitched Stories, a Community Arts Project on the Isle of Arran. The project is open to all who wish to develop their personal narratives on a postcard size piece of work once a week for a year 

I am back on the road in a couple of days for West Dean Summer school and then a few weeks off in August to get back into the studio. I have a major project I am working on at the moment connected to my 'roots'. I will be able to say more in the near future. Meanwhile, I continue to stitch as I work.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Not Forgotten

With D Day commemorations not far behind us it is fitting we remember our armed services and continue to care and protect them as they look after us. This is precisely what the Flag of Thanks a national collaborative art project led by Alabaré, as part of the 2019 Armed Forces Day marks in an event hosted by Salisbury from 24-30 June  Lt. Col. Neil Stace, also known as the Sewing Soldier, leads the project, running workshops and also transforming the flags into quilts, sleeping bags and ponchos.These will be gifted to residents of Alabare’s Homes for Veterans, who have previously been homeless, as a gesture of support and community. 

I created my own pieces in memory of my family:

Number one for my Father Frank Holmes served in the Korean War 1951-53 often known at the ‘Forgotten War’ and in memory of all those 'forgotten soldiers'.
Number two dedicated to the ‘Royal Norfolks’
Number three dedicated to all the nurses who served in the Queen Alexandra's Nurses Core. My father wasbadly injured in Korea and nursed by both the QA’s and Japanese nurses. My sister proudly served in the QA's for a short time in her younger years
Back of one of the pieces..all contain the words 'Not Forgotten'.

From the Telegraph:
'Four million people died during the three-year war on the Korean Peninsula between 1950 and ’53, and although nearly 100,000 British troops fought in the conflict it is seen by many veterans as ‘The Forgotten War’. Sandwiched between the Second World War and Vietnam, it was fought in an age before television, and the war-weary British public, barely out of rationing, had little appetite for further conflict. The vast majority of British soldiers who served were National Service and once their time was up they often came home, were demobbed and went straight back into the workplace with little recognition of their sacrifice.'
If you would like to purchase one of these please contact me directly. Each piece is 30cm square and the starting bid for each piece is £50.  The money raised will go to the Alabare Homes for Veterans charity.
Delighted to showing some small pieces at Old Bank Studios Summer Exhibition Thursday 21st June to Sunday 1st July. as part of the Harwich Festival.(I am also running workshops with the studios in November..already full)

I spent a few days in the Alpujarra region of Spain at the end of May. It was lovely to catch up with friends and drawing. The yellow and the scent of the of the broom in and around Orgiva where I went for an evening for an evening walk was simply beautiful.

 Horse in Orgiva
Could not resist drawing my lunch in Salobrena!

Climbing the streets of Old Granada to get a wonderful view of the Alhambra from a nearby restaurant.

Last morning view of the Olive groves outside my door.

Finally, a little video of my my work and approach to stitch as it appears on Textileartist facebook page.