Wednesday 29 February 2012

From Stitching To Painting

I thought I would get back to some painting this week, again working from studies I made around Kenilworth in my sketch book.
This is quite large, A1 size, so I used a big brush with plenty of inks and water colour.

Friday 24 February 2012

Back To Stitching Landscapes

This week it's back to the sewing machine, combining it with hand stitching.
I love the range of marks I can make with just a needle and thread, the repetitive hand stitching is addictive, whilst being absorbing.
Again I'm referring to my sketch book, this is from a range of sketches I made last year.

Wednesday 15 February 2012

Fine Art Textile Workshops!

 At last I have managed to sort out a few dates to run some fine art textile workshops.
I will be running these in Kenilworth in Warwickshire above a new shop called SewArty which will be opening on the 5th of April.
If you would like to find out more details do email me through my website here

Saturday 11 February 2012

My Sketch Book and Threads

This is the sketch book I took to Italy with me, it's filled with sketches of the mountains, which I hope to share over the next few weeks.
I had this on display at The Herbert Art Gallery with a few other smaller works and threads.
It is a constant source of inspiration, I will use these for my next paintings, developing along side my stitched textile works, plenty of work to keep me busy this half term week.

I'm pleased to announce that I will be demonstrating my work at the NEC in Birmingham Fashion ,Embroidery, Stitch show at the end of March on the Madeira Threads stand.
So if your planning to come please do pop over and say hello, as this is the first time I have participated in a textile show.
Once I get more information I will post it here.
Have a great week.


Thursday 2 February 2012

A Closer View

My exhibition finished last week and I feel I have now come to a cross roads in my life, what should I do now?
I think it will be important for me to continue with offering workshops and talks, bringing together my knowledge of fine art with textiles.
Also I have much work to continue with, taking time to paint,stitching my large scale pieces which are developing into an interesting sculptural surface.

I read an article in the Guardian about David Hockneys latest exhibition" A Bigger Picture"
I found this extract thought provoking
 Asked what advice he'd give to today's students: "Follow your instincts," he said. "Don't believe that painting's dead, it's photography that's dying or changing anyway, because of technology, just as painting changes because of technology.