Saturday, 22 July 2017

Sunny Evenings

The reason you are not seeing so much new work on here is that in the summer I do not sit and sew in front of the TV but spend the evenings on our allotment. When I go off to Chateau Dumas in a couple of weeks my husband is going to have to live off courgettes, runner and French beans , blackberries and raspberries. To keep my garden looking pretty I deadhead every single day and don't know if he can be persuaded to do this but you never know....

Monday, 17 July 2017

Wee Woad Bag

On the final day of the courses I will be teaching at Chateau Dumas the students will make a little bag to use up accumulated scraps and fabric that they will have dyed with woad. Here is a teaching sample....
Those of you are coming to join me in France , I am getting excited and hope you are too!

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Little Ship

Tattered old flag spotted in a tiny museum in Deal. Think it had something to do with the "Little Ships" and the D Day landings but whatever it is just a lovely design. Can't find any info on the internet...

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Great Dixter inspired

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit Great Dixter in Kent and was blown away by the colour combinations in the garden. Here are two small pieces I have made in response to my own photographs. they are not quite finished yet but nearly there...
Not sure about them as they are much brighter than I usually work!

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Stitch - Illo

I feel privileged to have been selected for inclusion in Stitch-Illo, a new publication from Uppercase magazine. 46 artists from all around the world are featured in separate chapters. It is a beautiful book and if you are interested in Textile Art or want to be introduced to some makers you have not heard of then this book is for you. Here is a link with info

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Shore Birds

have been on  holiday this last week staying  in a shack on the beach. It's been a good place to birdwatch and we even remembered the binoculars! 
Here are a Little Tern, Godwit and Sanderling - all made this week.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Garland Flowers

Last week I was teaching near Scarborough and drove home the coast way through Robin Hoods Bay. It is always special to drive past Old St Stephens and be reminded of the Maidens Garlands and how I had a happy time making my own for the long forgotten dead girls in the Victorian grave yard.
read more about it HERE
I am absolutely DISGUSTED that you can now do "Champing" in this beautiful old church with its painted wooden pews and special history. No respect............

Tuesday, 13 June 2017


 Little collages for cards

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Two new collages

Plan to start selling work like this on Etsy soon. I find pieces like this difficult to let go of as every bit of fabric within has some special meaning but a time will come when I have to let go!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Wallet Wonders

I have been teaching a wallet workshop today. Here is some early stage work from the students using all my precious stuff!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Gardening Skirt

Old skirt, new location.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Fine Art Quilt Masters

I love visiting The Festival of Quilts at Birmingham NEC. Its a chance to network, shop for new fabric, admire the techniques of traditional quilt makers and to see what perhaps more innovative  ways people have chosen to interpret the quilt form in the section for Fine Art Quilt Masters, which is sponsored by Vlieseline and for which the prize is £5,000.

The deadline for entering is 5th May and I know there may be some of you who may be unaware of this and wish to enter. Here is a little bit about it and a link to where you can find more info HERE. The pictures at the bottom of the blog are by previous prize winners.

Fine Art Quilt Masters is a juried competition that is open to all. Judged by a panel of leading figures drawn from the art and quilting worlds, the work selected for the exhibition will be presented in a distinct gallery within The Festival of Quilts 2017. The aim is to celebrate those quilts that transcend craft and demand equal billing with work shown in an art gallery.
All textile techniques may be employed, from simple quilting or patchwork to fabric printing, embroidery and creative mixed-media. Judges will be looking for a full-resolved composition and powerful artistic impression. Abstract and figurative pieces are equally welcome.

Susie Koren

Brigitte Kopp Gebare

Ruth Singer

Friday, 28 April 2017

Sketchbook page

Thinking about the Contemporary Ceramics selling exhibition and Open Studios this weekend (29/30 April) at Hearth at Horsley made me go and look for an old sketchbook I did years ago. Those were the days when I went to places like the Bowes Museum and painted tea cups. Where did I find the time! Maybe some more pics from this sketchbook later..,

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Studio Shuffle

It is a long time since I blogged. I am very busy at the moment teaching all over the place and have just come back from teaching four classes at the lovely Cowslip Workshops in Cornwall.
I have been spending today shuffling round the work on the walls in my studio, setting up little displays for people to look at at the weekend as it is our Spring Open Studios event at The Hearth. Please come and say hello if you can. Here are some glimpses of little areas of my studio and the info about the event which this Spring focuses particularly on contemporary ceramics.