Monday, 26 March 2018

Edges of Australia:Some like it hot.

Hard to believe I am back in Australia again. 
The temperature certainly is a change to cold UK.  I spent the first week in Queensland under the invitation of Wrapt Experience. We looked at exploring images and narratives as construct themes for books and folding forms.

I had a chance to take in some welcome drawing session in the nearly morning cool and enjoy this amazing view of the Capricornian coast.
My next step was to visit the The Hub Creative Space in Townsville.we explored Torn Paper Drawings as a theme.Looking at re-using old drawings , photos and found papers as a theme and exploring different approaches to working with them. Play and experiment with techniques looked at the points where drawing, collage and stitch converge.

I had a chance to catch up with an old friend from home and loved being introduced to some aspects of here new home in Australia as viewed from Castle Hill with Magnetic Island in the distance.

Whilst away a lovely feature on Tea Flora Tales appeared in the March issue of Stitch magazine. I have had some  more contributions from students here to add to this expanding installation. More news on my return.
On my way to my first three day workshop with Fibre Arts Australia in Traralgon, see you soon.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Going to the Land Down Under

March did come in like a lion rather both in terms of weather and in terms of being busy. I have been packing and re-packing so I can take the minimum and do the maximum with it as I travel to Australia next week under the invitation of Fibre Arts Australia. It is appropriate that whilst I am away, that I have a piece, 'edges of Australia'  in the Page 17 Embroiderers' Guild exhibition at the Fashion and Embroidery Show- NEC Birmingham  15-18 March and Artrix in October 2018. Read more here. Here it is open at a section appropriate to marking Mother's day.

Nothing like working up to the last minute. I have just sent in the last proof for my next book Textile Landscape:Painting with Cloth  (Batsford) which is out in September.
 And organising photography with the my editor and my photographer Jacqui Hurst
Had a lovely interview with Helen Bowen of Sewing World Magazine in the March issue We Meet article (share the lead page here)
Finally, delighted to listed as one of the Five2Watch on Axisweb feature on five artists who create textile artworks early in the month.
Last week's snow, a view from my window,as I move to warmer climate

Looking for food

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Days of Future...Past

The Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed. I grew up with that album playing in the background of my youth and I cannot believe how it is only now I really appreciate the sentiment in the music. Valuing each day before they pass to quickly and now I blink and a day is gone rather than the thousand years it felt in my childhood.

Enough sentiment, January is the start of the year and it was launched with a lovely interview by Karen Hollocks  in Pretty Patches Magazine. in which she discusses how my father influenced the way I take a look at the world.

Back to work with the best of all starts a meeting with my editor at Batsford/Pavilion and Jacqui Hurst photographer to discuss the shoot for my next book Textile Landscape: Painting with Cloth. This is my fourth book and the writing and decision making remains as complex and rewarding as ever. The book will be launched at several exhibitions and events planned over the year which also includes some exciting news about Tea Flora Tales.
Delighted to have supported Rowan's Hospice and Making Space in the Power of Tin auction in mid January. This little piece, Woodland Edge, part of a series themed: 'Landscape in a Tin' was printed on a tin sheet and sits in an old cigar tin.

Preparations for my trip to Australia in March are under way. Courses filled pretty quickly with Fibre Arts Australia so have squeezed in a couple of additional spaces at the Hub Creative Space in Townsville 22-24 March.
I am so excited to be meeting up with friends and getting creative 'down under'. Even so, thinking on 'Moody Blues' the days of the future will soon pass and I have just confirmed a creative teaching trip with Arts and Cultural travel to Italy in October (message me if you want any further details of any workshops)

'Concealed' with Art Textiles Made in Britain at Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery finishes on 10 February. A few glimpses of the show here. We have received visitors from all over the UK and indeed, one person flew in from Germany to see it. Thankyou for your welcome comments. A few pics from Meet the Artists in December
Rachel, Edwina and Sandra
 Christine, Stef, Hilary and Rosie
Cas, Rosie,
Ineke, Rosie, Pauline, Sylvia
 Looking at Tea Flora Tales
No not about to swear but rather the third exhibition coming up in Whitstable by the Profanity Embroidery Group  from the 14-20th February at the Fishslab Gallery.

I have sneak preview here of one or two pieces in progress which are themed around the ideas of misheard song lyrics. Sure to be intriguing. Take in Journeys with ‘The Waste Land’ at the Turner Contemporary  artists work based on the poem The Waste Land by TS Eliot at the same time.
 Bridget Carpenteer
 Susan Jessett
Amanda Tennant

“On Margate Sands.

I can connect
Nothing with nothing.”
(T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land)

Friday, 29 December 2017

Looking Back, Looking Forward

Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings. Depicted as having two faces, since he looks to the future and to the past. I always see this time of the year as both a time of reflection and of beginnings. Shogatsu, the Japanese New Year, becomes the time to settle your debts, clean house and mark time with friends as you face the new. With that in mind, tax return done, family to be visited but the house cleaning can wait until the Spring!
The Snowdrop is the adopted flower for January so entirely appropriate to share with you all. This features in Stitch Stories and one of the first meeting I have in the New Year is discuss photographs for my next book which is due out by the end of 2018.

Snowdrops were one of my father's favourite flowers. I always enjoy seeing them poke their heads up...for some this year, through the Snow but not a great deal here in the South East so far. My work over the last year has seen me travelling round most of Europe. I was delighted to be one of the first exhibitors at the Farnham Pottery early in the year and was able to trial a new installation 'Trees' at this amazing old pottery now turned artspace and café. This also supported the Canine Partners charity with a follow up exhibition at the Ox Market in Chichester.

I ran around a lot of Europe this year with short courses from the Netherlands, Germany and France as well is in the UK. Much of my work has recently included conservation and community linked projects with the regional Kent and Surrey Wildlife Trusts and with the Caring Hands project in the Medway towns.
Student drawing The Alpine Experience Les Carroz 2017. Delighted to be back end June 2018.
Note-Tins, Caring Hands project, Chatham.
I was involved with several articles on my work during the year ands delighted to featured in an article in Somerset Studio Magazine early in 2017. The front page features the installation Tea Flora Tales which will be exhibited at Nadelwelt in May (further news on subsequent showings to follow)

Loved this insightful article by the guys at Textileartist in the latter part of the year into my working practice. However, the interview which certainly got me at my most 'direct' is the Podcast by Stitchery Stories.How did we get onto Star Trek, fairground organs, and creativity vs linear thinking?

As we move into 2018 I am delighted to be back with Fibre Arts Australia and WRAPT in Queensland in March and April. My workshops filled very quickly but have recently added Go Create New England to the schedule.  I am also teaching in France and on the Summer School at West Dean.
Art Textiles Made in Britain 'Concealed' exhibition continues at Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery until 10th February. A little look at Unfolding Landscapes in position.
(See updates on workshops and exhibitions links on this blog for more information.)

I continue to enjoy the challenges these set for me and the opportunity to meet with new ideas, people and makers as well as re-affirm existing professional friendships. Thankyou to all who continue to support my work and bless you all with as many new and exciting things you wish for and the health of your family and friends.

travel takes place in the mind as much as across land or even continents.

Wishing you all the best for 2018 

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Concealed and Revealed

As we enter mid-winter the bare bones of the trees and landscape are revealed to us.
Many of the artists who are currently exhibiting as part of Art Textiles Made in Britain share an equal fascination for the landscape in addition to other subjects as part of their current exhibition Concealed currently on show at Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery.
Louise Baldwin

Rosie James

Stephanie Redfern

Cas Holmes

Hilary Beattie
The exhibition opens on Saturday 9 December and closes February 10th. A workshop will also be held by Cas Holmes on the closing day. Some of the artists will be there on Saturday 16th December from 1-4pm if you would like to pop in and say hello.

As the year closes I am pleased to announce I handed in my copy to Batsford for my next book which connects cloth to the landscape. I have a photograph planning meeting early in January and will update with news as more details are confirmed.

I am also planning new works for exhibition in 2018 including a guest exhibition at  Nadel-welt in Germany with Common-Land and the global collaboration Tea-Flora-Tales (pictured below at the European Patchwork Meeting in 2014).
 I also had a rare day out and went to the Victoria and Albert Museum to visit The Women's Hour Craft Prize. Well worth a visit if a little tucked away. Loved this dancing shadow on the wall in the collections as I walked through.
A bonus was this fabulous photographic art exhibition Into the Woods. Photography was my secondary subject at art college. I was glad I do not need to carry around Hasellblads or full plate camera's today
 Especially liked Korean artist Bae Bien's Pine Trees
 and Ansel Adams, Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958
Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space. I know of no sculpture, painting or music that exceeds the compelling spiritual command of the soaring shape of granite cliff and dome, of patina of light on rock and forest, and of the thunder and whispering of the falling, flowing waters. At first the colossal aspect may dominate; then we perceive and respond to the delicate and persuasive complex of nature.
— Ansel Adams, The Portfolios Of Ansel Adams