Mote Park Art Competition and the Knitting and Stitching Show

 I was delighted to be head judge for the recent art competition organised by Maidstone Borough Council inspired by Mote Park. Selected entries will be displayed in the new Mote Park Learning Space from Monday 23 October to Friday 3 November. Further information on this link The work featured below is a piece of my work ‘A Walk in the Park’

“Judging the Mote Park Art competition proved both a pleasure and a challenge. A pleasure to see the diversity of entries which reveal our connection to this beautiful park through paint, pencil and mixed media work. A challenge, because each and every entry was deserving of a space which meant selecting the final pieces proved difficult. Thank you to everyone who took part.”

I was thrilled to be able to take part in the the Knitting and Stitching Show  this year in Illuminate with Art Textiles Made in Britain.
The piece I have on show is called Glimmer pictured below.

A selected glimpse of other members work .
Christine Restall and Stephanie Redfern

Christine Howell and Bethan Ash

Rosie James

You can purchase a copy of the catalogue here.

I was able to attend on the Saturday and managed to see a few of the other galleries.
It was good to see a strong body of work from Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn in Evocative work Rhythms and Reflections Evocative work. Echoes of light from the moon contrasting with the shadowy fall of sunlight on grass as their work speak to each other yet clearly hold the makers hand
Jan Beaney
Jean Littlejohn

50 Years of the Embroiderers Guild UK marking the Graduate and Scholars Award with a wonderful record of past awards. I will be conversation with Jessica Grady, a former Guild graduate and fellow member of Art Textile Made in Britain on 14 December in Talking Threads
The Fine Art Textiles Award Winner Dr Ian Nigel Hurlstone, The Terrible Sight of Right and Wrong

Batool Showghi:Talking Threads

Sabine Kaner: Hand Stitched Stories

And at the entrance the incredible Duster Project by Vanessa Marr, a collaborative arts project invites women to embroider their domestic experiences, complaints, and celebrations as words or images onto a yellow duster. 
Photograph Courtesy of Fiona Doubleday

As I was meeting with friends at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Saturday was the last day of Places, Spaces and Traces and Craft Town Scotland. It move on to Queen Street Gallery Neath opening from 4-25th November. This body of work includes the Shipping Forecast and community responses

Big thanks to friends and carers who are able to cover for me and to the members of the Art Textiles Made in Britain for their friendship and support.


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