Thursday 29 November 2012

Getting ready

My studio is normally a tip, with fabrics all over every surface and on the floor. Open Studios events make us all clear up and try and present ourselves a little more tidily. If you are local here is a taste of what you will find this weekend.

2 new pieces ready for the Open Studios event this weekend. .

Monday 26 November 2012


Staying at Gleneagles for the weekend. Total luxury! On the way back fitted in a little culture at the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow. In the recent year I have become quite inspired by forest animals in my more figurative work so it was good to see these examples up close.

We timed it so that we could see the "murmuration" of the starlings at dusk at Gretna. People come from far and wide to catch this wonderful spectacle which thrills me every time I experience it. The photographs just don't do justice to the reality of the patterns created in the sky for about 20 minutes as the flocks gather. 

Monday 19 November 2012


Christmas collages on the drawing board this morning ready to be worked into with stitch and hopefully ready for the Open Studios next weekend.

Friday 16 November 2012

Open Studios

Only two weeks to go till our Open Studios event and  so much to do before then. Teaching a Klimt mixed media/pattern workshop all weekend, more workshops for IKEA next week ( fully booked I'm afraid), a day in a school, 2 days at the Arts Project, a day at The Knitting and Stitching Show and evening class to teach all before next Friday!
Nice they used my work on the postcard this year.

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Burrell at Berwick

My work is now installed at The Granary Gallery in Berwick. 

More information at

Friday 9 November 2012


My work is all about vintage and using old things. If you want to get hold of bits and pieces like these then don't miss this Sunday's ( 11 Nov) Vintage Fashion and Textile Fair at Royal Station Hotel Newcastle from 10.30 till 4.30. 

Thursday 8 November 2012

Festive Doll Making

Its moving towards the festive season again so why not take a break from it and do a course which involves you making something with your hands rather than using them to hand over your credit card. I will be running a Doll Making Course in Jesmond on Saturday December 8th. You will make a very special fairy or angel to put on the top of your Christmas tree. They are quite small so if you are a quick worker you might even make two! This will be one you will keep forever and become a family heirloom. You will learn basic doll making techniques and enjoy using special bits and pieces to dress your doll for the Christmas season. 
The course costs £45 and includes all materials.
To book please the Contacts Form on my web site. Click HERE for the link.

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Printmaking Courses for the Spring

I have just posted details of printmaking courses I will be running in Spring 2013 on my web site This does seem a bit premature but Rebecca who does the bookings for Horsley Printmakers is offering an early bird discount if you book before November 30th.
There is a mixed media birds course,  shoe and abstract mark making making themed collograph courses and the Easter school will be on an African theme. For more details go to