Hi everyone, I do hope you are all staying safe in these troubled and unprecedented times. Since the lockdown was enforced I have had many messages from all over the world saying how difficult it is to do anything creative, how the lack of stimulus and challenge is preventing you from doing anything meaningful and all are suffering from a lack of concentration. The only thing I can say is that everyone is feeling the same way
The only thing I can say is that nearly everyone feels the same way, but it will pass. For various reasons I am in my fifth week of lockdown and after the first couple of weeks I started to relax into it, get more focus, and am now quite enjoying the work I am doing …. the important thing is to keep doing something, this is one image from my isolation sketchbook, this is my current daiiy practice and it is really interesting to see the change in me as the weeks go past…
So,what to do about this… my isolation book now has images like these I am relieved to say, but if you feel as though you would like some direction, support, whatever, through these weeks I have a challenge for those who would like to take part. A few of you will already have started a challenge with me this way before, but this is intended to be a bit more structured, and I do think there is no harm in re-visiting a starting point.
This will be a series of sessions with time in between to complete the tasks, possibly once a week and we will see where we go with it. This is a new exercise for me, so, hopefully you can send me information that I can share with the whole group.. no pressure to complete, maybe just an investigation to keep your mind occupied. If you fancy having a go, with an optional exhibition at the end of it , possibly next year, I would like you to email me on email@example.com please, and I will set up a group for those that wish to take part
What terrible times we are going through at the moment, I hope everyone is staying safe. On the bright side I am busy working on catching up with myself, not least of which is to bring this site back to life… now I am confined to barracks I am hoping to get my new body of work finished ready for when the exhibitions are back up and running, I am writing a book to accompany it, and hopefully that will soon be finished, I am on the homeward straight at the moment .. and I have plans for the next one!
Although this is such a dreadful time, and I am missing seeing my little grandchildren as well as my big kids, this is an opportunity to re-evaluate … I do actually relish days at home, whether I will fee that way after several months, we will see
I am keeping to my daily practise of writing and drawing into sketchbooks, I am now working on my ‘isolation’ book , as well as my ‘lost faces’ and my ‘roots’. So plenty to do … I know many creative people are struggling to concentrate on creative pieces, and i feel the same way, but having a daily practice with no responsibility to produce masterpieces is my way forward..
I am planning to chart my progress through these next months and to stay in touch. Take care everyone, and keep safe xx
Happy new year 2020 … I have great plans for this year… I am currently re jigging my sites so please bear with me …. my teaching at the Granary Studio is forging ahead with thirteen of us teaching there this year .. and I have an exhibition at the fabulous quilt festival in Groningen, northern Holland from 12-14 June.. I am busy making a whole new body of work and also writing a book to complement the work… exciting times…
I plan to give you an insight into my progress this year, a little bit about me and what floats my boat! watch this space….
the new program of classes for 2019/2020 and a couple in 2021 is almost ready, just waiting for one of the three new tutors to give me title and dates and the newsletter will go out to my granary studio mailing list ….the website is updated if you want a peek
Just closed a successful knit and stitch show at ally pally.. I was part of two group exhibitions, ‘Colour Notes’ with Studio21 and ‘Missing Elements’ with Room6, these exhibitions both now move on to Dublin 8-11 November and then onto Harrogate on 22-25 November… I will be stewarding at both these shows … with Studio21 in Dublin and Room6 in Harrogate, so please do pop by and say hello
I have several exciting projects in the pipeline … so watch this space !
Just back from a fantastic Festival of Quilts at the NEC in Birmingham, nearly unpacked, and now getting ready for Hampshire Open Studios… I will be opening the doors of the Granary Studio with Room6, with whom I will be exhibiting at the knit and stitch shows this Autumn.
In the book we are on the last page of the Winchester studios, no. 118. Do please pop in and see us, we are open from 10-5 on Sat/Sun/Mon 8/19/20 August , and then again Thu/Fri/Sat/Sun 23-27 August, closing on Bank Holiday Monday at 5pm
There is plenty of tea, coffee, and cake and a friendly table to sit round, and of course lots of lovely things to buy! Different members of the group will be there to chat to, and I will be there all the time
As well as the longer courses that I teach at the Granary Studio, I am now offering some short, dayschools. In response to requests from my followers, I have titled the series Dayschool Fridays., which just means that they all occur on Fridays, you can book onto just one, or you can book them all, no problem!
If you would like to see something else offered, please do let me know, then I can either teach it, or get a tutor who can. Hope there is something you can find to do in this list.
I am still getting all the information pages together, but I wanted to tell you about this venture before the festival of quilts so you get a chance to book onto your choice of days.. when the course code is blue, click on it and you will go to the information sheet, I am still workingon any that are not so please come back later
Dayschool Fridays with Susan in 2019, 10.00 – 16.00.
£50 a session to include most materials
Each session is bookable independently
19 October SC012 An introduction to Patchwork
26 October SC013 Slow Stitching, Kantha stitched Collages
5 April SC014 Know your Sewing Machine 1, an introduction to basic machine skills on your sewing machine
12 April SC015 Know your Sewing Machine 2, an introduction to free machining and learning to draw with your sewing machine
3 May SC016 Using Thermofax Screens, an introduction
17 May SC017 Paper Lamination, an introduction
31 May SC018 Simple Folded Books
21 Jun SC019 Simple Stitched Books