Wednesday 29 August 2012

September Courses

I still have places on two courses which take place within the next month.

"Bloom" will run in Jesmond on 15th September ( possibly at my house) and will be full of different fabric manipulation techniques for making flowers. I have been experimenting myself and have come up with all sorts of ways to use scraps of fabric to make blooming marvellous flowers which can be worn, attached to a bag perhaps or as I do, hang them on the wall! The course costs £45 and includes all materials and equipment so you just have to turn up. If you are interested in this course place get in touch with me at

In association with Horsley Printmakers I will be running a "Monet Monotypes" course on 22nd and 23rd September. I shall be looking towards Monet's paintings of Giverney and other landscapes as a starting point for a workshop which is about a painterly and mark making approach to monotypes. You will produce numerous one off prints like the one below. It caught the attention of "Artists and Illustrators" magazine and is featured in the latest copy. More information about what the course is about, costs etc can be found at Horsley Printmakers web site HERE.

Sunday 26 August 2012

IKEA again

I am running another workshop for IKEA this Thursday. Its free and a "drop in " so you can come anytime between 11 and 4.30. Heres a link for more information. The theme of this one is to turn an Ikea placemat in to a work of art!

Friday 24 August 2012

My studio

I have been tidying my studio all today in preparation for the Open Studios event this weekend. Its all a bit odd as it is a private space where I go and be creative and then I have to make it more shop like as that is what is expected. Anyway these are some photos of it as I left tonight. I guess by next week it will be back to a mess with fabric all over the floor and wonky pictures! Please come if you are around.

Thursday 23 August 2012


I have been doing a lot of drawing recently, partly inspired by teaching other people how to do it on the summer school. I have returned to the palette I am happiest at here. All work will be for sale at my studio this Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday 19 August 2012

Flower festival and Open Studios Event

My studio will be open for a whole weekend soon ( 25/26 August) in conjunction with a Flower Festival at Horsley Village Church. Please come as not only will the Church be full of flowers we have some really good guest artists in the hall with work on a floral theme.

Friday 17 August 2012

Talk at Shipley Art Gallery 23 August

I will be giving an illustrated talk about my work at The Shipley Art Gallery Gateshead next Thursday 23rd August. It is £2 unless you are a "Friend of the Shipley". The talk is at 7.30 with refreshments and doors opening at 7.
I shall be talking about my Maidens Garlands exhibition in North Yorkshire last year. If you don't know what a Maidens garland is then  come to the talk to find out! For info about the Shipley click HERE

Thursday 16 August 2012

My Newsletter

Every now and then I send out a newsletter via Mailchimp to all those who might be interested in my work, courses and exhibitions. If you don't get it but would like to then contact me through the comments box or through my web site and I will add you to the mailing list and send you the latest issue.

Thursday 9 August 2012

The Textile Hub

Our new brochure has just been printed so you will start to see it around the place. In the mean time check out our web site for a list of all the courses. This term we are joined by Jayne Turner, Some of you will know her as we organise the vintage fairs together.

Tuesday 7 August 2012

Textile histories

Some of us hold on to things for a long time because of their sentimental value. This windbreak had been in my family for 70 years or so and has its own story to tell. My father's side of the family come from North Norfolk and during WW2 this parachute was shot down over my family's farmland in Norfolk. You were supposed to report incidents like this but most families just scooped them up to turn them into other things. My grandmother made windbreaks for everyone in the family and because we are the sort of people who never throw anything away it is still in my Dad's garage!