Art Textiles Made in Britain have been invited to take part in Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival from 23-29 January 2020. We will be showing alongside heritage quilts from the Quilters Guild Museum collection as part of a British focus. Some of the works shown from my touring exhibition Painting with Cloth first shown at Rochester Art Gallery will feature in the show.
Trees featured in WILD (below at the Minories Gallery in Colchester) also finishes its Art Textiles tour at Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery 1-29 February 2020
I been busy in my studio during the last couple of months researching ideas for specially commissioned artworks Places, Spaces, Traces for the The Romani Cultural and Arts Company as part of their groundbreaking Gypsy Maker project—an initiative that supports the development of innovative works by established and emerging Gypsy, Roma and Traveller artists.
The Riverfront, Kingsway, Newport from 15th February -16th March
Rug, Unit 16, Ground Floor, Capitol Centre, Queen Street, Cardiff, 21st March-18th April.
The Factory, Jenkin Street, Porth, 27 April-22 May.
Travel..all that is lost:
Given that I have been a bit of a wanderer over the last year, something had to give and that was my portfolio, lost in Brussels Midi around 4.15 pm on 21st November. I cannot imagine I will get it back now....but live in hope. Bird Cage, with the bird flown is one of the pieces that was in the portfolio.
I visited Antwerp in November on my way to the Netherlands. I loved the outlines of the cranes in the docks against the late wintry skies. At the Red Star museum the poignant and powerful images and recordings telling the stories of travellers and migrants making their way to the USA reminds us of the hardships of travel then and continued hardship for many now. It was fascinating to read some of the documentation and to see Einstein came through on one of these ships to a 'new land' with all its hopes and promises.
I went to see the exhibition Black and White at the Textiel Museum in Tilburg and found this iconic piece 'Bag' by Hendrik Kertstens. A portrait (of his daughter Paula) made as an ecological comment on the number of plastic bags given away by shops. The photograph echos the headdresses often worn by women in Dutch Old Master paintings.