How others see your work

I was delighted to find that a small piece of my work is on show at the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester as part of an exhibition showing a selection of work from BA & MA students from the University of Chichester. Last day today, hurry if you would like to see it.

It’s a small wire piece, based on a square grid.  It would be interesting to know how and why it ended up hanging on its side.  Did it seem very obvious to someone that this was how it should look?  It looks no worse for its unexpected orientation, though it made me feel a little seasick.

Wire and yarn grid

Wire and yarn grid

I had a crit yesterday from tutors at Chichester. I have been trying to work a little larger and a little less neatly than I find entirely comfortable, all in the name of learning and trying new ways of working.  I wasn’t prepared to hear that what came out of my work was chaos.  Is my shell of cool, calm and control (in my dreams) shattered?

Wall of Chaos

Wall of Chaos

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A date for your diaries

Last autumn, I was delighted to be asked to be part of a new exhibiting group. All six members of Room6 have links to the Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles at Eastleigh College. The group takes its name from the room in which the course took place. There are exciting things ahead, but first things first:

Room6 is delighted to announce the third in a series of ‘Tea with …’ afternoons. Following the successful events with Alice Kettle in 2013 and Matthew Harris last year, we are thrilled that Rozanne Hawksley will be this year’s guest speaker.

The Queen of Spades, Rozanne Hawksley, 2008

The Queen of Spades, Rozanne Hawksley, 2008

‘Tea with Rozanne Hawksley’ will take place on Saturday 13 June 2015 at Lower Upham Village Hall, Hampshire. On the menu will be a fascinating talk by Rozanne Hawksley, a delicious tea with wonderful cakes (thank you Alison Hulme), a raffle with great prizes and a second hand bookstall offering textile and art books at irresistible prices.

Further details, including information about where to buy your tickets, will follow shortly.

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New Year, New Work

I was delighted at the end of last year to be invited to join Studio 21, a dynamic and forward looking group of textile artists.

The group has been working on a project based on cannibalized sewing machines. The new members were kindly provided with a couple of retired machines to dismantle and play with.   The aim is to produce a small piece before the next monthly session from which further work will emerge.

It has been an interesting exercise, not least from an intellectual point of view. My practice is firmly based on the environment in which I live and the materials and construction methods I use are relevant to my subject matter. It has been thought-provoking to work with sewing machine parts to which I have no emotional connection.


While my hands have been busy wrapping, joining and playing with wire and small but beautifully engineered machine parts, my thoughts have wandered freely, seeking connections and parallels with my more usual working ways. Working with wire often involves wishing for an extra pair of hands!


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Society of Designer Craftsmen at The Mall Galleries

FlintsThis piece was inspired by some flints collected during recent walks.  The steel elements have been spot-welded and wrapped with silk and linen threads.

It will be part of the exhibition celebrating the 25th exhibition by the Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Galleries,The Mall, London SW1 near Admiralty Arch, off Trafalgar Square.

Please go along if you are able to.  It is always an inspiring show



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Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate

K&SThis exhibition will be part of all the wonderful work on show to visitors at the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate this week.

Have fun!

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Autumn Colours, Fungi and Art

Autumn colours are coming into their own, fungi in all shapes and forms are springing up and visitors to Mottisfont near Romsey can visit their largest Open Exhibition to date.

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Prism Textiles Exhibition

Prism Textiles Exhibition

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