Friday, 14 March 2014

Spring Poem



This week Spring arrived through mists and fog, every where I looked bursts of colour became visible in the gardens at Ragley.

I thought I would share with you a poem I wrote inspired by the changing seasons.

The Woods

The woods are sleeping a restless sleep.
Huge hands reach up and claw a polished sky.
Golden gowns lay rotted, devoured by the earth.
Trembling in icy winds they whisper in their creaks and cracks.
Exposed, raw wounds.
Listening for the bird song, inviting them to dance.
When heavens chorus begins the virgin buds will bloom.
Spring takes Winter and leads him back to bed.
The trees uplift their heavy sleepy heads.

Next week ( on Saturday) I am running a sketch and stitch workshop at Ragley Hall.
I'm hoping the weather will stay fair so we can make the most of the stunning landscapes, fingers crossed!

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Garden Walks & The Studio at Ragley


We packed up the exhibition on Friday which was so quick compared to putting it all up and arranging everything!
I always feel slightly sad about packing everything away, sorting out where some work will now journey to other places and find new homes.
This time though instead of cramming my house with my art work I am now able to have a selection of my work on permanent display at the Gallery and studios at Ragley Hall.
This week the first signs of Spring were evident at Ragley with an abundance of snowdrops, carpeting the woodlands surrounding the gallery.
Ragley gardens will be open on select days throughout the year giving garden lovers the opportunity to marvel at the changing seasons on days when they are usually closed to the public.
Next week they will be open on the 26th & 27th February for the Snowdrop & Winter garden walk.
Do check out all the details here.
The gallery will also be open on those days and also the Terrace café will be open for refreshments.
I will be there on the Thursday the 27th, so if you do visit, come and say hello at the gallery and studios!
You will find a great selection of different art works on show as we now have five studio artists based at the gallery.

Now that the exhibition is finished I have started another set of work, developing more of my sketches and continuing to translate them into threads.
The drawings are visual poems, a series of studies, which link together and those images contain narratives, a landscape can hold many stories.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Exhibition "Powerful Forces"


The exhibition at The Michael Heseltine Gallery has been open for three weeks and we have now have just two weeks until it closes on Thursday 13th of February.
I thought I would share some of my images of the exhibition which I have shown on my  facebook
I will be there the next two Sundays with the sculptor George Wagstaffe ( we are open 10.00am until 4.00pm)
The exhibition is open Monday to Friday 9.00am until 5.00pm.
I managed just about to get through the opening despite a heavy cold, I think the adrenaline got me through it!

Just to let you know I will not be exhibiting at the NEC this year despite one of my stitched pieces featuring on the front of The Fashion Embroidery Stitch leaflets!!
They took the image when I was at the show last year.
I decided I wanted to spend more time on my work so I had something new to show another year and also I had other commitments.

Friday, 27 December 2013

"Powerful Forces" New Exhibition Opening Soon.

I hope you have had a peaceful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.
We have had a very busy few days catching up with family, one of my sisters has been living in Bangalore in India for the last six months with her husband and three children.
It's been wonderful to see them and to listen to their stories of India.
Sadly they are only here until the New Year, the next time I will see them will be at my younger sisters wedding at the end of May!

I have also been finishing off pieces for a new exhibition of my work which opens on the 9th of January 2014 at The Michael Heseltine Gallery, Chenderit School an arts College in Middleton Cheaney near Banbury.
I will be exhibiting with the sculptor George Wagstaffe , you will find his public works in the City of Coventry.
The following is the press release with information about the exhibition.

An exhibition of work by Michala Gyetvai and George Wagstaffe.
Michala will be showing her large textiles, drawings and paintings. This follows her successful solo show at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry in 2011/12.
Her work shows the passion for blankets and threads she uses and for the landscape she interprets. These powerful, three- dimensional images remain with the observer long after the initial viewing.
George wagstaffe will be showing a selection of his sculptures, mainly in bronze. These works, though complete in themselves, relate thematically to commissions completed during a long career, in particular to the early commissions for the City of Coventry in the 1960s. Whilst  the work of the two artists remains separate and distinctive, there is a shared concern to explore together those unseen forces that continue to determine the human condition.
The exhibition is housed in the Michael Heseltine gallery, Chenderit School, Middleton Cheney, from the 9th January 2014 to the 13th February.
The artists will be giving a brief introduction to the exhibition on the opening evening and will be on site to talk to visitors each Sunday from 2.00pm until 4.00pm.

We still have quite a busy time ahead, wrapping works and two days of setting up.
 If you live near and are interested in either textiles, painting or sculpture do come and visit.
I plan to be at the Gallery on the Sunday afternoons, no doubt stitching!

Have a Happy New Year!


Saturday, 14 December 2013



Last March I exhibited my work at the Fashion Embroidery Stitch and Sewing for Pleasure Show at The NEC in Birmingham, it was here the editor of Workbox came across my work and asked if they could feature my embroidery in their new look magazine.
So here I am, in the January / February 2014 issue of the magazine where you can read more about my art work.
It's been another busy month of stitching, drawing and getting ready for my next exhibition in Oxfordshire in January! ( hence my lack of blogging)
At the beginning of the month I visited the Cherwell Valley Embroiderers Guild for a days workshop
( I had previously visited to give a talk).
Now I was able to share machine with hand embroidery skills and to give advice on how members could develop their own work through experimentation using sketchbooks.
I find this process so rewarding and it was exciting to see how different everyone approached the task at hand, using various media including threads and fabrics.
I hope to get back to regular weekly blog posts soon!!
Best wishes

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Exhibition at Ragley Hall & News


Goodness, it's along time since I have updated my blog!
I have been very busy with talks, demonstrations and workshops, in September I gave a talk at the beautiful Dorchester Abbey in Oxfordshire for their Sew Saturday event.
Then last week I gave a talk for the very welcoming Leamington Spa embroiderers guild followed by a days workshop.
I have also been working towards an exhibition entitled 'Negotiating Heritage’ at Ragley Gallery and Studios
Opening Saturday 19th of October until Thursday 31st of October see here for details  

A group exhibition consisting of 11 artist who have been engaging with Ragley
Hall, Park and Gardens over the summer of 2013.

Mini Artists’ residencies are at the core of Negotiating Heritage. Eleven artists in
total including Ragley Hall’s Artist in Residence, Dawn Harris have been invited
to spend time at Ragley during the summer of 2013. Some of the artists have
spent time speaking with visitors, some investigated the history of the Hall,
and some spent time discovering the landscape that makes up the Estate, always
considering the question of what Heritage means to them. The Ragley visitor was
invited to witness,  and experience the creative process behind the
artist’s work at the Ragley Gallery and Studios.

I will also be running "Sketch & Stitch workshops at  Ragley Hall.
The surrounding landscapes are incredibly inspiring and we will have the opportunity to go out in the grounds to draw ( weather permitting)!
Please find booking information on my website

The Stable Yard at Ragley.

I have also been stitching away for another exhibition of my work along side the artist George Wagstaffe.
This exhibition entitled "Powerful Forces" will be held at The Michael Heseltine Gallery, Middleton Cheaney in January and February 2014, I will share more details nearer the time.

Bye for now