Something Old-Something New

It’s been awhile since my last post but a lot has happened and is about to happen! Last month saw the past Graduates join together at the Eastleigh College Textile Exhibition. I have been continuing to work with my Kombucha with a piece entitled Inside: Outside. A felt and Kombucha 3D installation, based on Scandinavian sculptures.

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Inside:Outside

Continuing the with the theme of cells my felt wallhangings take their design from the microscopic structure of the skin of the Kombucha

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Now I’m looking forward to next weekend and the start of 10 days of Hampshire Open Studios. This will be at least my tenth one and it’s always a rush to get everything ready in time. Having three of us makes the days much more fun. We never seem to stop laughing….do we Sarah and Wendy?!

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Come and see us at the Coach House Studio in Woodgreen, in the New Forest,  (Venue No 4). My daughter is doing yummy cakes, lunches and teas, all in aid of her trip to Malawi, as a Nursing Student with the charity Ameca. Well worth coming just for the food!

Straight off the back of that I am exhibiting at the Salisbury Craft and Heritage Festival in Salisbury’s Cathedral grounds. Hope I have enough stock left from the Open Studios. I can see some late nights coming up….

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I have lots more exciting news and events that are coming up..but I will save that for another time. But for now I need to carry on and finish the felt and silk nuno scarves that I spent a couple of days dyeing with indigo. I think I’m getting very obsessed by blue..my garden is full of blossoming indigo plants..great fun!

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The Lull Before the Storm!

It’s been a while but I’ve had my head down making and teaching lots of felt classes as well working on my Kombucha research. It’s lovely to see so many people embracing felt as a new medium- whether it’s for the first time or to adding to their textile work. Great work everyone!

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I had a treat for mother’s day on Sunday. My youngest daughter wanted to see Richard Wilson’s 20:50 installation at the Saatchi Gallery as part of her A level art.IMG_6492 IMG_6537 IMG_6513

So we trundled up to London. Amazing installation that had all your senses working overtime..the smell, the reflection and the silence. Also on was Pangaea ll – New art from Africa and Latin America. This was an added bonus we both enjoyed. However it was the staircase that took Amelia’s eye. She wants to now draw her version!! Unfortunately we had to finish the day with a 2 hour visit to the American clothes shop Brandy Melville, which luckily for her happened to be next door the Saachi Gallery!!!

I now have this week submersed in paperwork and getting ready for the ICHF show in the NEC, Birmingham, with the 2014 Graduates from the Stitched Textile course (http://www.fashionembroidery.co.uk/birmingham/features.php). I will be showing more of my ‘Growing Fabric’ work. Do come along and see us if you’re going- We’re on stand N16 Eastleigh College!

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This is followed by an exciting week in Alyesford Priory , in Kent, felting with the International Feltmakers Association.  Looking forward to meeting up with old friends again.

Plans are afoot for several exhibitions later in the year and some collaborative work to come- watch this space….!

What a week!

Well I have truly hit the ground running in the past week, including two trips to London and my graduation in Winchester Cathedral.

Firstly I went to Ally Pally to support all my ex friends and collegues from Eastleigh College. What a representation: Helen Sill, Caroline Bell, Nicky Barfoot, Conseulo Simpson and Alison Hulme all whom were exhibiting. Great to catch up and see how they are all progressing.

Caroline Bell's eco printing stand

Caroline Bell’s eco printing stand

The amazing Helen Sill and her machine stitched women

The amazing Helen Sill and her machine stitched women

Then two days days later I was invited to Tate Britain to look at their archives  and discuss the future development of the Demarco Archives with Adrian Glew, senior archivist at tate Archives, and the Demarco European Art Foundation. How I got to involved in their meeting is a long story but so glad I went. What an insight.

Richard Demarco

Richard Demarco

Archives of Tate Britain

Archives of Tate Britain

Tuesday saw  ‘us girls’ from The Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles have our graduation Ceremony, in Winchester Cathedral of all places. Just a small quiet ceremony (not!) with hundreds of other excited students – well it was quite emotional as I hadn’t done this for thirty years! Julian Fellowes (writer of Downton Abbey) should have been there to add to the excitement, but missed his slot so got his honoury degree in the afternoon (very disappointed needless to say).

 

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I have also moved my felt making into a new studio (thank you Wendy) just a stone’s throw from my house. So I now have space and can get down to working on my Kombucha and the growing of my new fabric. Watch this space…I’m rested and rearing to go!!

Kombucha shoes

Kombucha shoes

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Gowing fabric

 

 

10 out of 6 – Degree Show

Leaflets have arrived

We have now taken delivery of the leaflets and posters for our Degree Show in Stitched Tetxiles, in July

So it’s actually happening in only 9 weeks! Our Degree Show in Stitched Textiles is officially being shown at Eastleigh College, nr Winchester. Until you see it actually in print it all seems a long way off!!

Our group, Fabricformation, is working hard on the final details of the preview evening whilst at the same time all working on their final pieces. We had a group crit this week and everyone’s work is looking so wonderful and varied. I seem to be the only one ‘growing fabric’. I wonder why?!!