Park Walks

Walking in our local Grosvenor and Hilbert recreation ground

I have been inspired throughout the lockdown by our local park and my regular walks there. On one recent walk I collected some plants that had fallen onto the path and used them to screen print on linen remnants.

These were then used as backgrounds for embroideries of local birds – a series called ‘Park Birds’…

‘Park Birds’ in the studio and in progress. I like to hand stitch using a mixture of perle and stranded cotton. I made the outline for these birds using a neutral colour and then filled in with more colourful shades.

When finished with the hand stitching I overstitched the pieces using my signature Bernina stitch on my vintage machine. I’ve been selling the pieces as part of the commendable and am enjoying seeing the little birds flying off to new homes!

I am also pleased with the revamped Crafts Council Directory site and have been updating my page. I update my courses on this site regularly under the ‘News’ page. I am teaching a new 8 week course for Kent Adult Education online in the autumn. In October, I’m hoping to be at the lovely Cowslip Workshops too – some spaces still available.

Finally, I am delighted to be a judge for the inaugural KDS Fibre and Textile Award at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum in Canada, where my exhibition ‘Stitched – a Homecoming’ took place in the spring of 2019.

Moving Online

Welcome to my Blogger followers – I have moved my blog here…

The current pandemic has made many self employed artists look at our work model and by necessity adapt our practice as the artistic landscape changes around us. Speaking of landscape, I never get tired of the view from my office – into town across the treetops.

It has been a very busy few weeks. The great innovation of the Textile Artist Community Stitch Challenge was a wonderful experience to be involved in. The work that the members produced was astounding and such a great variety. It was lovely to be able to chat with participants and answer questions. 

I was also delighted to produce a short online video for West Dean College about making a ‘Folk Art Tree’ and am looking forward to tutoring there when life returns to some kind of normal! 

I have managed to complete some projects in the studio, like this garden stitch table (above) and my Quaratine Quilt (below) in my newly redecorated office.

Back to the online activity…

I was interviewed for a lovely piece by Katie from Arnolds Attic – you can see the video and subscribe to her channel.

I am also looking forward to seeing a feature on my practice in the latest edition of the ‘Stitchers Journal’, written by Caroline Zoob and Jane Audas.

Redecorating my office gave me chance to look through some sketchbook work (it is great to have a dedicated shelf for them now).

I am very excited to be a part of a wonderful exhibition ‘Isolated Observations’ to raise funds for the charity for childhood bereavement, Winstons Wish. When approached to make new work for it, I decided to make pieces about particularly our dreams in the current lockdown which have been vivid and unsettling.

I have enjoyed some time in the studio printing and making new work for my online shop, selling small folding books. I have sold quite a few and have just restocked with a series of small books and objects. All my sales during this period include a 10% donation to our local food bank.

I am enjoying the time at home but missing my teaching ‘in real life’. I am trying to reschedule as much of this year’s programme as possible as the situation develops. I am offering an online course as a substitute in some cases where practical and practicable. Updates are here.

Studio shot, June 2020