Delighted to be at Nadel-welt in Germany from 4-6 May 2018 with Common-Land and Tea-Flora-Tales (pictured below at the Beaney Gallery, Canterbury). I have received contributions from Canada, Australia and the UK in the last week. This work will also be exhibited later in the year at the Knitting and Stitching Shows (more news on this later.)
Stuff for Thought will also be exhibiting, This is a shared project of textile artist Heidi Drahota and the Human Rights Office of the City of Nuremberg
This exhibition is the first of a series of events marking the publication of my fourth book for Batsford, 'Textile Landscape:Painting with Cloth'. I was excited to receive an image of the jacket cover shortly before leaving Australia last week. The front cover is the Medway Gap and the back cover is Loy Yang Power Station, Australia. The team at Batsford have done an amazing job. It is already available for pre-order on Amazon.
It is the act of using the needle, of punching the surface, joining disparate pieces together and adding textural mark which excites me most. It is perhaps also the one tool I use that most painters do not use and allows me to take my work in many directions both physically and conceptually.
Finally, Cup and Eucalyptus Flower above found a new home yesterday. The purchaser lives in the UK and also has associations with Queensland. Travel in the region provided the inspiration for this piece. A week after my return from it is apt that this piece marks tea and friendship.