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….!

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Moving On

It seems like an eternity since the Degree Show at Eastleigh College, in July. I’ve had time to clear, sort and enjoy the summer and even get to doing some felt making, ready for the open studios. Now September is just around the corner and I’ve recovered from the 10 days of the Hampshire Open Studios my mind is focused on the future.

My plans are to spend the next couple of months continuing to research the waterproofing of my growing fabric. it’s been very evident that it’s something I have to continue with. The potential for the future is endless- from science/art collaborations, medical uses to the next ‘new’ fabric.  I’ve come across several people who have been very helpful recently with suggestions and ways forward. I shall be following up these and finding out more.

In the meantime I have two daughters to sort ready for university and college. We are all moving to new beginings and hopefully there are exciting times ahead for all of us.

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The Class of 14- Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles