Countdown – to MADE Brighton!

Just because I’ve been quiet on the blog front you might have thought that I have been quiet with work..but no…not in the slightest!!  I have just finished some felt 3D work for the New Ashgate Gallery, in Farnham,Surrey, as part of their Contemporary textiles Exhibition that starts at the end of the month. Do get along to the wonderful gallery and see what else they have on display.

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Now just as you think things might get quiet for me I am all of a panic and countdown to my next event…MADE Brighton next week.  Having been selected earlier in the year to exhibit in this prestigious show, organised by Tutton and Young, I thought that I would have plenty of time to make work! Silly me….I forgot that I had exhibitions, magazine articles to write and lots of teaching in between!! So it’s now head down and lots of work till I leave for my B&B next Thursday. If you fancy coming along then why not take advantage of their 2for1 offer.

MADE BRIGHTON – The Design and Craft Fair
20 – 22 November, 2015
The Dome Corn Exchange, Brighton, BN1 1UG
Open 11.00 – 17.00
£6.50 on the door, under 14s free
MB15LogoTo receive a 2 for the price of 1 ticket to this show, please complete the form here with your name, postal address and offer code EXH before Monday 16 November and a voucher will be sent to you in the post to present at the door.

So it was down to some more indigo dyeing today and scarf making tomorrow….

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Will keep you posted on how things go over the next week..but do come and see all the wonderful work at Brighton if you can ..I’m on Stand 80…and say ‘Hello’!


Which Way do I turn?

It’s been a busy and long but fun couple of weeks that has called the summer to an end. 10 days of the Hampshire Open Studios saw several hundred people through the Coach House Studio, despite the rain! Four artists work to view and copious teas/cakes and lunches were served by Eloise who was raising money for the charity Ameca, in Malawi. At times we were huddled inside with the hatches buttoned down while the rain hammered outside!! However it did give me time to get some making during the quiet periods – with a little help from my friends!!


Teaching the others to make felt

It was then a quick turn around for the Salisbury Craft and Heritage Festival in Salisbury’s cathedral close. A wonderfully well organised show with 108 exhibitors. Such a variety of talent from all over the country. The weather held out and 2 days of non-stop chatting and selling ensued.

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PV with my buddies Sarah Orchard and Dawn Gear

Great to have such a quality show on the doorstep. Next year it’s expanding to three days. Well worth a visit. I was even home by 5pm on takedown night with a glass on wine in my hand..not many of the exhibitors could say they had done that!


My Kombucha and Growth of a new Fabric made an outing


Now it’s time a move up a gear and finish off the work for Romsey Abbey and the Stitched exhibition that starts at the end of the month. Susan Chapman and Hilary Marshall’s work has already opened in Rum’s Eg and this is followed by lots of us graduates from Eastleigh exhibiting in the Abbey. Do try and get along to see it if you can. Very inspirational!


From now to Christmas I am running several workshops in Woodgreen, Rum’s Eg gallery and the Ashcroft centre in Fareham. Do look at my website for details if you are interested in learning more.

More exciting news is that I have been selected to exhibit at MADE Brighton. Just booked the B&B so it must be happening!! Now to make lots more work…but how and when?  I just keep making lists and they seem to being getting longer and longer…….. any suggestions????