Thursday, 16 January 2020

Looking Towards The Future...


I was scrolling through photographs of past work and this one struck a chord.

You see, this determined hare doesn't listen to what a hare can and can't do.
Her eyes are set on the horizon and she knows where she's going.

This is how I want to be this year.

I think that 2020 is going to be full of possibilities for us all.
X

Thursday, 9 January 2020

Letter To A Spider...


Dear Mrs Spider,
I've noticed that you have taken residence in my hallway window.
I am normally not a fan of spiders in general,
 but I have been watching you at work.

You never stop.
You seem so purposeful and focused.
And even though I am itching to dust the window ledge,
I just can't do it.

You are building a silky palace all of your own.
You will be the Queen.

And I will watch.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Happy New Year! And Happy News!


I hope you have all had a lovely break and I hope that you don't mind me starting off the New Year with a bit of news that I'd like to share with you.

When I first started my little business a few years ago, one of my ambitions (which I never told anyone) was to have my work featured in Country Living Magazine.

I still can't believe it, but my tea towel is on the Emporium page in this month's edition!
(I hope you don't mind me showing you this but I'm so excited!)


And here's the tea towel, modelled by my trusty side-kick!


Wishing you a very creative and joyful 2020!
X

Monday, 23 December 2019

Crtl/Shift: 62 Group Exhibition At The 2021 Visual Arts Centre:


Last week I visited an amazing exhibition at The 2021 Visual Arts Centre, it was truly inspiring to see first hand the textile art by members of the 62 Group in partnership with Liz Cooper.

I found this to be so interesting because I am literally split in half when it comes to the issue of 'am I a fine artist or a textile artist'?



From Grimsby To Greenpoint & Beyond.
Linen and recycled fabric, cotton thread, acrylic paint.

Sue Stone's work is so detailed and intricate, I can't even imagine the time it must take to hand stitch her artwork.
I love Sue's ability to communicate her highly personal sense of narrative.


Imprint.
Linen, porcelain, cotton thread.

This piece by Caroline Bartlett has such presence and power.


Look how beautifully the entrance has been curated...


City Skins.
Newspaper, synthetic organza, silk floss, plexiglass tubes.

Eszter Bornemisza's exhibit is simply stunning and the surface is so interesting.
This makes me want to get into my studio and play!



Control.
Earthernware clay, rope.

Imogen Aust's work really pushes the boundaries of what we might expect of textile art.
I think that textiles comes with so much historical baggage attached to it, yet it is one of the most versatile specialisms.


Portrait of A Shoe Maker.
Silk organza on linen.

I am such a fan of Emily Jo Gibbs.
Just beautiful...



The Sampling Project.
Various fibres.

There are just so many of my textile heroes in the exhibition, Hannah Lamb's work just took my breath away...




Flux.
Dye, pigment, resist, flock on linen cotton.

Dawn Dupree's work calls to the painter half of me!
Love the mark-making so much!



Room For Improvement.
Doll's house beds, cotton, silk threads.

Garfen's work really made you stand and pause, firstly because of the sheer number of beds and the tiny words stitched onto the sheets, and secondly because of the powerful way she communicates her message about the issue of eating disorders and the desperate need for more NHS beds for the treatment of such a widespread problem.


Excess.
Hair, thread, foundation powder mesh.

In this series of work Lucy Brown explores the subject of female facial/ body hair.
I love how such unexpected materials have been used to create this series of work which really challenges our possible views on what 'textiles' is.




Triple Reaction: Assemblages.
Recycled mixed media scraps, threads, wire.

Ann Goddard's work, alongside Shuna Rendel's, really seemed to celebrate the use of recycled and possibly 'overlooked' materials.
Seeing beauty in the discarded and abandoned, and exploring how materials work together, is just so inspiring (I apologise for the over-use of that word in this blog post but I cant help it!)


Shuna Rendel.
Triple Reaction: Brushstrokes.
Seed pods, grape stems, chair cane, waxed linen, wire.



Sian Martin.
Rolling Out A Carpet For Hope.
Dyed cane, wire, silk scrim, acrylic sheets.

The exhibition continues onto Scunthorpe Central library where there is a really interesting mix of work, including Sian Martin, with its strong links to the environment, and with work such as 'Fly Stitch Autumn Landscape' by Isobel Currie, also linked strongly to the natural landscape, but treated in a very different way.




And then I got to meet Clive...

Clive is part of the 'Squishys' series by Daisy Collingridge, and he is truly spectacular.
'Clive' is a wearable piece of art and it was fascinating to see how he had been constructed.






I haven't been able to include all of the artists' work and I could happily blog on for hours about this exhibition.
I cannot recommend this highly enough and there is a beautiful and insightful catalogue to accompany the exhibition.

Cntrl/Shift
The 62 Group Of Textile Artists
2021 Visual Arts Centre
Scunthorpe
14/12/19 - 29/2/20


Saturday, 30 November 2019

The Very First Hope & Elvis Exhibition...


Last weekend was the very brilliant Welbeck Winter Weekend (more about that later chucks,) and part of the festivities involved the studios on the Welbeck Estate being open to the public.
And so, for the very first time, Louise curated an exhibition that celebrated the wonderful work that is produced in the workshops that are held at Hope & Elvis.


It was so brilliant to see the vast array of beautiful work, because often they are whisked away at the end of a workshop, or they may need finishing at home afterwards.
It really was a celebration of the creativity and talent that is in abundance in this very magical studio.





The variety and skill on display was simply unbelievable...


It was so lovely to see some pieces from the very talented artists that came to my October collage workshops too...





And here's Poppy standing next to her beautiful piece that she made on my collage workshop in October...
(my heart is bursting with pride!!!!!!)


Strike a pose Louise!


The range of workshops is incredible for 2020...


I love this wall of photos, so many memories...


I think the photo of me with a plastic toy parachute on my head, whilst twirling around in one of Louise Presley's vintage net petticoats, is my favourite photo of all time!


Louise Presley's studio was so beautiful and there was a 'take a bit of material love' box...
Sigh...



Even my favourite ever gnome, who resides outside the studio, was in the festive spirit!



I also just have to show you the work of two of my favourite artists,
firstly, the very wonderful Helen Hallows.
I love her colour palette and her use of mixed media.



Dayle Green's ceramics make me swoon, 
I think it's because of the way she paints directly onto the surface of the clay
 and the textures are stunning.