Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Painting with Cloth

I am busy preparing for my forthcoming  exhibition 'Painting with Cloth' at Rochester Art Gallery.The Arts Development team have done a fabulous job on the supporting publicity which contains all the information you need.
Alongside the work in the gallery, Tea Flora Tales will have its final show at Rochester Cathedral 

Textileartist also feature an lovely article and review of my work by Mary Carson which comments on connecting landscape to cloth and how our connection to place also defines our idea of' home'. Mary had her own article on Textileartist with a focus on the healing power of stitch back in 2015

Trees featured in the video below (taken by ATMIB member Sylvia Paul) is currently on exhibition in WILD with Art Textiles Made in Britain at the Minories in Colchester from the 9th February-2nd March. It then tours through to beginning of 2020.

Finally, (but not least) delighted to have an article  in issue 173 of 'Be Creative '.  I can also offer two free back copies with a 3 month subscription in an exclusive offer.

Sneak Peak here of a two page article:

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Loving what I do...exhibition plans

January has been a time for looking forward and making plans as well as a welcome time to catch up with some creative and me time (as well as filling out the dreaded tax return.I am working on the the final preparations for my forthcoming show Painting with Cloth at the Rochester Art Gallery. The collaborative installation, Tea Flora Tales will also be shown at Rochester Cathedral. The private view is on Thursday 28 February from 6.30-8.30, All are welcome, no need to book (continues until 19th May)
Medway Gap (detail) Cas Holmes photo by Mike Hemmings
I am delighted my Heart, For King and Country which was displayed as  part the 100 Hearts exhibition organised by the Embroiderers Guild UK will now reside in the collection at Norwich Cathedral. On one side it featured family members, with the surname Holmes and King  and on the other, Edith Cavell who is buried in the precincts of the Cathedral. As we near St Valentine's Day, it is appropriate that my heart resides in a place I love and would walk through regularly on my way to and from school.
Talking of walking I spent some time with family at the beginning of January and went for winter walks in the broads and woods of Norfolk




Made a few sketches and studies. Trying to capture a sense of what I felt and saw further on in the walk for the few minutes I could hold drawing tools in the cold.


This article in Inside Kent Magazine (January 2019) reflects upon how I take inspiration from the 'world around me'  and projects in 2019.


Bonnard talks about this needing to catch a feeling of place. His colour  reflecting the warmth of the South of France. The exhibition The Colour of Memory at the Tate Modern is well worth a visit.

​Pierre Bonnard Le Jardin 1936  Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris (Paris, France)


'Painting with Cloth' is supported by Medway Council, Rochester Cathedral and John Harper Wealth Management

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Welcome to the turn of the year once again and equally, I cannot believe how quickly time has passed. This lovely picture of winter trees is reflected in the West Dean Gardens glasshouses.
I started the year with a photoshoot for Textile Landscape and by the end of the year it was released for circulation (in September) and sent for reprint on the day of its release.
All four of my publications have been reprinted this year so I would like to say a BIG THANKYOU to everyone who has contributed to and supported my writing including the Batsford editorial team and Jacqui Hurst for her beautiful photography. Just through today, a gift of a review by Sam Packer.
By kind permission of Jacqui Hurst 
This publication has featured throughout the year culminating in a guest gallery Tea Flora Tales and Textile Landscape  at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in the Autumn. The gallery, beautifully designed by the Upper Street Events proved popular with visitors engaging with the work commenting on the joy they felt in being in the space. I was equally thrilled to be in a video interview with Arnold's AtticA selection of this work with other pieces will be shown at Rochester Art Gallery in the Spring.
The quote below is from an interview with Helen Bowen in Sewing World Magazine in March is very apt for the last year, The creative process has been part of both a physical journey and 'mental footpath' for me this year. It is often commented on that 'I get around a lot' and will admit, it is sometimes a juggling act (more down to luck than 'time management) at times that I have managed to be where I should be. 
By the end of March I was back in Australia again under the kind invitation of Fibre Arts Australia and am in early discussions to return in 2020. I even ran a session in the bush and created a pen from a kangaroo bone and a tin to demonstrate with on location.
Images compliments of Tara Axford and Go Create New England 
Touched base for a few days before exhibiting as guest artist at Nadelwelt in May. This major European Textile Festival saw the first showing of a few of my smaller landscape works as well as Tea Flora Tales.
Heads down to work on new pieces and complete 'Trees' for my joint exhibition 'Wild' with Art Textiles Made in Britain at the Festival of Quilts. The exhibition tours in 2019 starting at the Minories in Colchester, (Trees was also shown at the World of Threads exhibition, Ontario in the winter.)
Over the summer I fitted in quick visits to France as well as a Summer School at West Dean (back next summer) followed by my first trip to Copenhagen to see friend (and workshops on the side)
Dee Priest work in progress, the backdrop of the French Alps at the Alpine Experience
Impressions of Mallety at Crafty Retreats

Views of Copenhagen Harbour
The wonderful and varied contributions from many people all over the world was a humbling experience as part of the contribution to Tea Flora Tales. Over £450 was raised at the Knitting and Stitching Shows. With various one off donations to my Just Giving page (now closed) close to £900 has been raised through various exhibitions over the last couple of years. You can continue to support and donate directly to Plantlife
Finally, to end the year. I am thrilled to be interviewed in WOWbook 3 by the wonderful Sam Packer. I have a few copies for sale  and you can also buy direct at D4Daisybooks for £25 plus postage.

Well that's my year. Its not been all work. Been to see a few shows including the Anni Albers at the Tate Modern and Fashioned by Nature at the Victoria and Albert Museum which close late January. Off to Norfolk for the New Year and a walk in the woods.

Wishing you all the best.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Plantlife...Just a big thankyou

I am back from the Knitting and Stitching Shows and would like to thank the Embroiderers Guild UK and so many individuals who came to support Tea Flora Tales in aid of Plantlife. 
A lovely £450 was raised in total. So many volunteers helped at the events including the members of the Quilters Guild, Skipton branch of the EG and people from my local Adult Education. All became amazing ambassadors for Plantlife. Its story is not entirely over as sometime in the early 2019 Tea Flora Tales will be shown closer to home in the Medway Towns, Kent. The region in which Plantlife was has its flagship reserve in Ranscombe Farm (more news later).

It was lovely to be exhibiting alongside both the 100 Hearts (which I reported on in a previous blog alongside a short review of some of the other exhibitors) and the Graduate Showcase in the Kings Suite. 
Amy Elisabeth Vance.
 Fay Jones
 Jessica Grady
 Libby Vale
 Melanie Kay
Suzanne Redois 
 Jessie Dickinson

Kerry Napier

Apan Azad
It was fabulous to return to the Knitting and Stitching Show after considerable break away and thankyou to all the team who helped create such a lovely showcase for the work  (images below compliments of the Knitting and Stitching Show)


On the day of the show opening I found out that my first publication for Batsford, The Found Object in Textile Art was being reprinted. (Textile Landscape sold out at both shows before the last day, thankyou.) On the same day I was handed the current edition Stitch magazine which features my work in an article which looks at Mixed Media. 

I have a few days of  teaching at West Dean College and at Adult Education before winding down for the season. Last year, I spent some of Christmas Day in the studio outside. Might need to wrap up warm...I need to get back in there to explore.
 West Dean Trees