Busy August

Wow! … Festival of Quilts was amazing this year, it seems to have been totally refreshed somehow … we were so busy on our two stands, Susan Chapman Stitched Textiles and Granary Studio Students, that I didnt get a chance to take any photos … sorry … suffice to say, I handed out over 600 leaflets and signed up a further hundred people to our mailing lists for information about the classes I teach and organise at the Granary Studio… so now I am busy typing them into the system!

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I am thrilled that I got a judges choice award for my quilt ‘The Building of New York’

Details of the latest programme of classes to be held here at the Granary Studio can be found on the website at www.granarystudio.com

Now back from the NEC, we are headlong into Hampshire Open Studios… Room 6 are presenting the Seven Deadly Sins and much more at the Granary, we have had loads of visitors already, again I have had no time to take many photos .. just the one of the seven deadly sins

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We are having a couple of days off today and tomorrow but will re-open on Thursday right through until Monday afternoon.. tea and coffee will be drunk and lovely homemade cake will be consumed.. hope to see you all at the Granary sometime over the weekend, there will be members of Room 6 here to greet you and show you what we do …

Festival of Quilts

Festival of Quilts is next week at the NEC in Birmingham, it runs from Thursday 10th until Sunday 13th August.. I will be there with a stand QIA24 which is next to the Granary tudio Student stand, so please do pop by and say hello …

I am also part of a European Exhibition called ‘Perception’ it is the first venue for this travelling show, presented by ArtQuiltFusion. you will find us in TG1 right at the front beyond the winning quilts … do have a look, we represent eight different European countries and our styles are very different from each other … really interesting!

Hope to see you all somewhere next week! enjoy!

 

HNC Final Exhibition

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hope to see some of you here tomorrow evening Wednesday 5th July

see the students graduating show, see the brand new art building, and see what we are up to for next year…

if you are interested in either the part time HNC Contemporary Art Practice, or our part time level 3  courses in drawing, photography or printmaking, then do come along and talk to us … we are holding interviews for the HNC  tomorrow Wednesday 5 July  all day and again in early September … we have the information here in the department or phone Kathy Messenger in IAG department (Information, Advice and Guidance) of Eastleigh College 02380 911000 to book an interview

wow, what a fantastic show!

well good gracious what a fabulous time I had in Maastricht .. this is a lovely quilt show, and I had a great time there .. the driving was long especially through Belgium… having got the ferry from Dover to Dunkirk… but this is a very good show …. hardly any Brits which is a shame … I don’t think there was a British quilt in the competitions even … though I might be wrong ..next year the show is thur 19th – sun 22 October 2017 so put it in your diary and get visiting …. the competition theme is ‘Speed’ next year so think of entering a quilt …. I was one of the judges this year along with Mary Palmer from Cork in Ireland and Hilde von Shaardenburg from Hilversum in Holland. It was very hard work but such fun …. working with the others was really interesting and independently we agreed on most quilts and a really good discussion on those that we differed on …. I am planning to teach there next year so hopefully see you there

I had a fabulous space for my solo show.. still waiting for various people to send me photos which I will share later and one of my ‘not invisible’ ladies quilts is now residing in Germany , up near the Danish border…

please visit www.textile-festivals.com for more information about this great place

 

 

Eastleigh College

I hope some of you managed to get along to see our end of year shows at the School of Visual Arts at Eastleigh College… it is all down now and the marking is complete.. i wont be going in again now until the beginning of September, apart from the odd pop in to check on a few things….

So now we are turning our attention to timetabling for next term, Darren is an absolute whizz at this… we have more full time students  coming than ever before… but now I want to tell you about the part time provision that i am mainly involved with …

In the new propectus from September we will be offering as follows

level 2  City and Guilds  Creative Sketchbooks, this will run on Tuesday evenings for one year from 6-9 and is a great introduction to art based techniques including print, collage and book binding

level 2  City and Guilds  Patchwork and Quilting, this will run on Tuesday afternoons for one year from 1.30 – 4.30 and introduces all techniques for patchwork applique and quilting

level 3  City and Guilds  Patchwork and Quilting, which will also run on Tuesday afternoons for four/five terms from 1.30-4.30 and is more experimental than level 2

level 3 BTEC  Building an Art, Design and Media Portfolio his runs on Moonday and Tuesday evenings from 6-9 for one year and extends knowledge of all aspects of Art, Design and Media

level 4  HNC Contemporary Art Practice, this was a brand new course this year and our first students have just completed their interim show at the end of their first year… i can highly recommend it for all students who have a level 3 qualification already… this runs on Mon eve 6-9, and Wed 2-5 and 6-9 which is 9 hours a week… students gain this qualification by developing self directed projects, students will choose which studios they wish to work in. There are choices from print, sculpture, drawing and painting, textiles, fashion, photography, video and animation

I teach on all these programmes and really enjoy all of them …. i particularly hope that the level 3 portfolio builder runs this year… it is a great course from which to progress onto the HNC, a good grounding in all aspects of the visual arts

We are a small team, with Darren Cousins and Helen Gell teaching on these programmes

We are recruiting new tutors at the moment so the plan is to be a team of six or seven in the autumn

The exciting news is that a brand new art school is nearly built on the main site, and, although we will be sad to leave Desborough behind I am sure we will enjoy the sparkling new studios… the move will of course be challenging but I have done it before and survived perfectly well, I think the current plan is to move over an extended half term.

I look forward to meeting some of you on a course at Eastleigh soon, I am sure it will be fun and challenging at the same time

Meanwhile, my attention will now turn to the Festival of Quilts which will be at the NEC Birmingham 11-14 August.. I am teaching a masteclass all day on the wednesday, day before the show opens, it is called ‘Stitching from Life’. Students will stitch by machine straight onto fabric. A day of observation and free machining …. bookings are being taken now on the FOQ website

Still waiting for some reliable summer but hope you all enjoy it when it arrives

bye for now xx

 

Pre Degree Foundation opening event

The young students at Eastleigh College studying on the pre=degree Foundation are opening their show tomorrow evening thursday 16th June 18.00-20.00… it is open for a week .. do come and see these talented kids work …they are all going off to amazing courses, 100% first choices… hope to see you thereElsewhere invite kids show.jpg

OOPS!

It is of course the SELECT Festival! sorry to have got the name wrong, i am obviously living in the past and thinking of a previous event… We have now received the actual citation for our award…

Studio21 is the winner of the prestigious Hartlebury Award 2016 presented annually during the Select Festival

The person who was judging said that he thought our work was innovative and inspiring, we were very welcoming and that the work pushed the boundaries of textile art.

And the official statement reads

‘The Sewing Machine Project’ showed an eclectic mix of work from wrapped up deconstructed sewing machines, fascinating insights into the piece work machinists, to beautifully machined fabrics. The pictures of men milling the sewing machine and the women at work using them provided a historic background to the work, together with the professionally produced and informative booklet. It was an inspiring and professionally presented exhibition’

We’re now entitled to display the logo in all our communications. How fantastic is that!

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