Studio Notes

 “Tell your own story and you will be interesting”.  

  Louise Bourgeois

It’s been a while!

It’s been a while since I last posted unfortunately, I’ve been unwell and also working as a coach for an online art course since June, so I’ve not been as creative as I would like. It was a real honour to be asked by Uk artist Louise Fletcher, to be a coach for a second year on her ten week course Find Your Joy, which teaches all level of artists, from absolute beginners to experienced artists. It’s been a really joyful experience to witness how artists all over the world, have embraced Louises teaching and really pushed themselves to learnContinue reading “It’s been a while!”

The emergence of Spring and new ideas

Cloth is very powerful when it retains traces of its previous life, gathers history and becomes something new”. Dorothy Caldwell This quote has really resonated with me today, as we emerge from a cold, dark winter here in the UK, as the trees begin to bud and the daffodils and tulips bloom, I too feel as if I’m emerging from a form of creative hibernation. I’ve been reflecting during this time, on how I would like my art and life to grow in the future, I’ve used my family textile and associated ephemera as my design source for a fewContinue reading “The emergence of Spring and new ideas”

Exhibition News

I’m continuing my work on my Textile Treasures, in fact I’ve been quite drastic and dismantled my mini cushions that you might remember, then used them as collage, on the pages of an old embroidery book which was published in 1906. I love old books with their slightly yellowing, soft pages, they contain the traces of previous hands that have held, loved and used them for stitch techniques and inspiration. These will now be exhibited with my paintings in The Angel Gallery in Broseley, as part of the Ironbridge Severn Valley Art Trail in September, details are below. I’m exhibitingContinue reading “Exhibition News”

What a difference a few weeks make!

I’ve been working on these two panels during March, they originally were made for the wedding of my daughter, Tori, in June 2020, which unfortunately was postponed until June this year 2021. This March when the roadmap out of lockdown was announced in the Uk, the wedding was postponed yet again, so I decided to completely paint over these pieces and make her fresh ones for her big day, now in 2023. Somehow the 2020 ones didn’t feel appropriate for such a long anticipated event, so I won’t even think about making a new one(s) until nearer the time, althoughContinue reading “What a difference a few weeks make!”

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