Monday 26 September 2011

Manchester Textiles Fair

Yesterday Jayne and I had a wonderful time at the Manchester Vintage Textiles event. I was looking for old quilts and found some real lovelies, all Irish. This is an old one from County Antrim - I love the way the stripes are not quite straight and give it a liveliness that perfection would just not achieve.

This is a really unusual Crazy quilt which is made in blocks. Very stained but some lovely old prints.

A beautiful silks and satins log cabin top. Obviously hasn't seen the sunlight but some of the silks are barely there and mice had nibbled the edges.

The backs are as good as the fronts....

If you are jealous of my purchases soon you will be able to buy your own as Jayne and I have organised vintage textiles to come to Newcastle. There will be vintage clothes but lots of other rare, old textiles which you can only get through the specialist textile dealers we have hunted down. Put the date in your diaries NOW November 13th and tell all your friends. We want as many people as possible to come so we can run these regularly!

Friday 23 September 2011


Have been thinking of a shoe themed course for the Spring. Here is some work I did a while ago on foot binding. I think I did the drawings from the lotus shoe drawer at the fantastic Oriental Museum in Durham

Thursday 15 September 2011

The Textile Hub

Not only is Waitrose coming to Jesmond but so is The Textile Hub! The Textile Hub will offer courses by professional textile artists in the heart of Jesmond at a venue above the wonderful 1901 cafe next to Jesmond Library. Jane Fraser, Fiona Rutherford and Ali Rhind have organised an exciting programme of courses which will start to run in November. Check out the web site for details of what's coming and links to the artists' web sites if you do not know their work. I hope to be running a course there in the Spring

Tuesday 13 September 2011

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Saturday 10 September 2011

Friday 9 September 2011

Thursday 8 September 2011

Wednesday 7 September 2011

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Blue blogging

You will be seeing a lot of BLUE on my blog for the next 2 weeks as I prepare for my next exhibition.

Monday 5 September 2011

Goodbye OSS

A few last images from my "Remember Me" exhibition which closed at the weekend.

Goodbye Old St Stephens, thank you for letting me in....

The garlands were hung/ weighted with hag stones. These stones from Norfolk beaches sparked many conversations about bivalves!

Details from dress

Old work newly displayed. Hint to other textile artists - find spaces to exhibit which are not cold and damp.