Award Winning Studio21

 

 

These are my pieces from the exhibition

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have just received amazing news from the Stroud Internationa Textile Festival. Our exhibition ‘The Sewing Machine Project’ has been awarded the Hartlebury Award for the best exhibitor in the SIT Festival 2016. We are thrilled , and there is a monetary prize too which will be very welcome.

We would love you to come and visit us at the Landsdown Gallery in Stroud .. we are open from 10.00-16.30 every day except Monday and Sundays we are not open until 11.00… the exhibition will be open until Sunday 28th May.

I shall be stewarding on 13th, 14th and 15th, then again on 27th and 28th so please pop in and say hello…

see previous post for more details

 

Success in Birmingham

Well we did it!

Room6 had a really successful show called ‘6 shades of Grey’ at ‘Fabric, Embroidery and Stitch’ last week at the NEC lots of lovely visitors, thank you for popping by… and, we have a second venue for the show…. not confirmed yet but it looks as though the work will be shown at the gallery at ArtVanGo! no dates but somewhen in the summer I believe…

The ‘People and Places’ exhibition with Kim Thittichai and myself, was really well received too and thank you all for visiting Kim and I there ….Kim had created some wonderful surfaces with her pieces from pebbles and shells picked up on her travels, a really lovely body of work to look at during my days sitting demonstrating …… my ‘Men at Work’ quilts will be joining my ladies from ‘6 Shades of Grey’ and another dozen or so new quilts in October at the Open European Quilt Championships in  Maastricht in October ..

Kim and I are hoping to exhibit again together, maybe in 2018 with a brand new body of work, watch this space ..it is much more fun when there is more than one of you …although we both have a lot to do between now and then!

Next for me…..

The Prague Patchwork  Meeting next week  1-3 April sees an exhibition called ‘Ambition’ from ArtQuiltFusion, a European group to which I belong … my work  will be part of this show, but sadly, I won’t be able to be there, this exhibition was in Alsace in September and will travel to Denmark in August, finishing its run in Maastricht in October as well.

Most of May will see me in Stroud in Gloucestershire, U.K. I belong to Studio21 and we have our exhibition ‘The Sewing Machine Project’ showing in the Lansdown Gallery as part of the Stroud International Textiles Festival

June/July is the end of year at Eastleigh College andour show will be different this year … we have level 3 City and Guilds Embroidery as the only pure textiles course showing. But, we have the end of the first year of our new HNC/HND Contemporary Art Practice course. I am thrilled with the course and the work that the students are creating… it is much broader based than the Foundation Degree Stitched Textiles was, with opportunities in photography, video, sculpture, print as well as the stitched textiles … do come and visit the end of year show which will run from 30 June (evening opening) 1st and 2nd July. please do come and see what we e been up to this year… we offer a level 3 course in Art, Design and Media too as  pre – cursor to the HNC, it didnt run this year so hopefully next year will different.

Just to say the city and guilds Patchwork and Creative sketchbooks is back inthe college prospectus this year so if you are interested . come and talk to us or just sign up!

August, The Festival of Quilts, I will be on QIA24 stand as usual with Lynn Onions, where we will be demonstrating …. and hopefully i will be bringing my free standing work from Romsey Abbey to the show…. i am also teaching a Masterclass called ‘Stitching from Life’ on the Wednesday which should be fun ….

Golly end of August and Room6 will be taking part in Hampshire  again at the Granary Studio , so please visit us there, tea cofee and lots of cake as usual … as well as a second hand bookshop

September, back to Eastleigh College and Granary studios classes start up again, so off we go again …

October , my solo show in Maastricht  and another year older!

November, hopefully Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show and the Artists in Action gallery if they want me, and then the run in to Christmas… phew, thats 2016 done then, feel quite tired at the thought…

hope to see you somewhere along the way….

 

Almost Ready to go

The ICHF show Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch will be open on Thursday until Sunday, 17-20 March, to find out more please visit

http://www.fashionembroidery.co.uk

It is a fabulous show in Hall 12 of the NEC. All the usual suspects will be there including ArtVanGo and Oliver Twists… My favourite clothes stand with the gorgeous UWE always able to sell me something new to wear.. lots of exhibitions, lots of shops so bring your money and cards!

All the stitching is finished, just got the leaflets and statements to update and print, battens to cut and drill …. clothes are washed , packing started

Here are a few images to whet your appetite… can’t show the whole pieces because they wouldn’t be new to the exhibitions I have this year.

The first pic is of a group of five titled ‘Not Invisible’, it is said that when we get grey haired and over 60 we become invisible ….. not in my world we don’t! These will be shown as part of the Room6  exhibition titled ‘6 Shades of Grey’ so please do pop in and say hello to whoever is stewarding that day

The second pic shows a group of five again this time titled ‘Men at Work’ and the third pic is titled ‘The Building of New York’ and is drawn from the iconic photograph of workmen sitting on a  girder high up above the New York skyline. this one is a monster, over 10feet wide. These pieces will be shown in the People and Places gallery, where Kim Thittichai and I will be showing our new work and demonstrating too. Please pop by and say hello

hope to see you there

Happy Christmas!

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Happy Christmas everyone… this is my Christmas card this year, with the words:

Communion is a vision of a world where all nations and cultures will stand together, no hatred simply because of colour, religion or culture, but an understanding and tolerance of their differences.

and here is a pic from my weekend on the Art Van Go Artist in Action in Harrogate this year, courtesy of Christine Seager from  SAQA

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let’s hope the New Year 2016 is Happy and Healthy for you all, I will be busy in the studio for my upcoming exhibitions the minute the turkey is finished!

Harrogate Here I Come!

Golly, we are hurtling towards the end of November and that means just one thing… the Knitting and Stitching show is moving on to Harrogate ….. I just love this show, they are all subtly different and this is one of my favourites… Here I am working on the Artist in Action stand in 2010 for Art Van Go.. Note the change of hair!

07I will be back there this year on the Artist in Action stand for Art Van Go on Friday Sat and Sun morning, so please pop over and say Hi if you are going to be there. Friday morning will see a double act with Kim Thittichai and I working on the same bench… we have a two man show coming up at the ICHF show at the NEC, B’Ham in March 2016, so this will be our first get together to start some planning and get some work done. Then I will work solo for the rest of Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday morning.

I will be working with procion dye … some drawing, some monoprinting, and anything else that comes to mind while I am working … I plan to decorate my washing line around the whole of my area!

See you there x

 

We are open!

The Rums Eg exhibition is up and running, Hilary and I spent a very happy day in Romsey yesterday with Siriol and Kat, hanging our sixty something pieces of work!

here are some pics

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please do pop in when you are passing, it is on until the end of October … now full steam ahead to get the panels for the Romsey Abbey exhibition ready before I go to Alsace next week for yet another exhibition!

Rum’s Eg Exhibition

Phew, a very successful Open Studios is finished, and all the bunting is packed away until next year

No time to rest on my laurels though ….. tomorrow I will be setting up my two man show called ‘Stitched – A Point of Departure’  with Hilary Marshall at the Rum’s Eg gallery in Romsey…will post some pics when it’s done. The exhibition opens on Tuesday and is there until the end of October!

Another exhibition is linked to this one called ‘Stitched’ this is Hilary and I together with 23 Graduates of the Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles that I ran at Eastleigh College… the brief was to fill Romsey Abbey with stitch! Partly to celebrate St. Ethelfleeda’s festival, it will be there for the whole of October… exciting times …. I am making a fairly major installation although it is not finished yet I am quite excited about it …. there have been some hiccups along the way … not least of which my friend Andy made some frames before I had finished the panels and yes… you guessed it, they shrank during the dyeing and stitching processes… First lesson of dyeing and stitching is to measure after the work is done!!! Hey Ho ….

Will post a flyer when Rum’s Eg send one to me …. watch this space

We are Open!!

Open studios started today, the bunting is up and the flags are out

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there was a wedding at the church, with a wonderful carriage

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we had some lovely visitors today with tea coffee and cake with lots of chatter… Lynn Consuelo and I demonstrated lots of work and the weather was fantastic… Can’t promise the weather from now on, but there will be a warm welcome …. do pop in over the next two weeks, we are opposite the church in Owslebury , just follow the signs and the bunting!

nearly half way

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Patchwork and embroidery exhibitions are up … just three more exhibitions to go … contemporary textile workshop, level 3 art design and media and finally our past graduates will all be going up tomorrow …

show opens thursday 6-8.30, friday 10-4, sat 10-1 at Desborough school of visual arts, Eastleigh College

Art Van Go will be there for the whole show

Please do come and visit, and see the work of our talented students

Tickets for Tea with … Jae Maries have arrived!


bertTickets have arrived for the afternoon tea and lecture by Jae Maries. This is ‘Bert’ made by Jae and bought by me several years ago when she had an exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show. I love him to bits and he has travelled to three different houses with me now. He is for ever walking through the wall at the top of my stairs. Her work has taken a slightly different direction now with some very personal diary related pieces and I am looking forward to seeing it all ‘up close and personal’        Jae is delightful and until recently was chairman of the 62 group. I hope you will support this event which this year is staged by a brand new textile group called Room 6 and are made up from tutors and past graduates who worked in Room 6 at the Cranbury Road annexe of Eastleigh College. this is the first event of several involving this exciting new group of artists.

If you would like tickets for this event, please contact me either at susichap@hotmail.co.uk or by phone at 01962 777480 and I will, on receipt of payment, put the tickets for you to collect at the door unless I see you prior to the event… details of the event as follows

SATURDAY JUNE 13th AT LOWER UPHAM VILLAGE HALL SO32 1HF

DOORS OPEN 13.30, TALK STARTS AT 14.30, TEA STARTS AT 15.30

PRICE £12 TO INCLUDE A GREAT AFTERNOON TEA AND CAKE

RAFFLE, BOOK STALL …. LOTS OF FREE PARKING!

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE