Saturday 29 June 2013


I love going to London to recharge my creative batteries. I pack as much as I can in, taking notes and photographs which will stimulate me to further research long after the visit.
The highlight of this trip was a visit to Dennis Severs' house. The house is without any modern conveniences and lit entirely by candlelight. It is magical and atmospheric and difficult to describe but its like stepping back into time and enchanting. Beautifully curated so that you feel someone has just left the room. Gorgeous fabrics literally hanging about all over the place and reflecting the textile links of the area. Check out more at

Also fitted in the Pompeii and Herculaneum show at The British Museum. I was much taken with the garden room frescoes.

On to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy. A bit of a mixed bag but a stunning piece of patch worked recycling art on the exterior by El Anatsui.

Up the road at the National Gallery we were much amused by Michael Landy's "Saints Alive" sculptures.

Throw in a bit of vintage shopping in Camden Passage and Spitalfields Antiques Market, Anthropologie sale and a visit to The Cloth House, lots of coffees and cakes and what more could a girl want!

Tuesday 25 June 2013

New Studio

Just back from doing the residency at Farfield Mill and immediately thrown into moving into my new studio. It is just one floor down but it is big enough for me to teach a small group in and has a south facing window and window seat. I haven't dressed the walls yet but I have created a little place to work in one corner and feel quite at home now I am surrounded by my bits and bobs. Hanging behind my work table is a beautiful log cabin quilt made from velvets, satins and silks that believe it or not I found in a charity shop in Norwich and got for £30. I have already cut a chunk of it off and have been appliquéing birds on to it. I have lots of new work on the go and hope to blog some images soon.

Wednesday 12 June 2013

Residency at Farfield Mill

I will be artist in residence at Farfield Mill in Cumbria next week. I will be working away every day between 10.30 and 4 in Bainside Studio on Sunday 16th June right through to the afternoon of Saturday 22nd June. You are very welcome to come and see me there and also take in the Textile Hub exhibition in the Howgill Gallery. I shall be demonstrating techniques and will have lots of new work on display for you to get a good look at.

Saturday 8 June 2013

Tuesday 4 June 2013

Trio - A Textile Hub Exhibition

I have been  at Farfield Mill in Sedburgh all day setting up an exhibition. The exhibition which brings together the work of Ali Rhind who is a mat maker, Jane Frazer, a weaver and myself will be there till August 11th. Here are a few shots which feature work by me.