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 …

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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

ICHF show is coming up

Time is flying past, the ICHF show is only a month away now … 17th-20th March at the NEC, Birmingham…

working flat out for two exhibitions … a two man show with the wonderful Kim Thittichai and a group show with the equally wonderful Room6!

thought I would give you a small taster of what is happening in the studio at the moment to whet your appetite for this event

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lots of fabric being created

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and lots of images being created …. ready to put it all together and start stitching!

 

 

Taking Stock

Well all the autumn exhibitions are now finished.. phew …. my house is full of work now ….

So, busy putting everything back in its place and getting ready to start on the planning for next years’ exhibitions … I have four bodies of work to create ….the first is for the group ByDesign of which I am a member and we are just starting on our new project, no further information at the moment but suffice to say we have created our starting points and we are beginning to work on the first pieces.

Studio21 also has an exhibition at the Stroud International Textile festival in Stroud, U.K. next May but of course the work is finished because we have just exhibited at the first venue in South Hill Park, Bracknell, U.K.

I have two exhibitions at the ICHF show ‘Fabric, Embroidery and Stitch’ in the NEC, Birmingham in March next year … one as part of a brand new group called Room 6 which will be our first major exhibition, very exciting… and the other a two man show with Kim Thittichai, equally exciting … just beginning to think about these two exhibitions and start planning….

Finally , I have a solo show at OEPC, Maastricht next October. so lots of work ahead of me for that exhibition. Another group I am a member of is ArtQuiltFusion, which is a group made up of artists from all the countries in European Union, will also be exhibiting in Maastricht, but again , it is the exhibition we showed in Alsace during September this year, so no further work to create and I will have lots of company over there…..

I am enjoying this lull before the storm!  Slowly getting my mind into gear… this is an exciting time, because I love to plan a totally new body of work and I aim for the whole year to be designed and made from these initial thoughts ….

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!

Good News and Bad News – ‘Tea With…’

Hi Everyone.. I have mixed feelings as I write this entry in my blog …. Unfortunately I have heard from Rozanne Hawksley and she has told me that she has found out that she needs a hip replacement imminently and also that she has to have eye surgery with more follow up treatment . So, she has to withdraw from coming to talk to us in the third of the ‘Tea With’ series of lectures. I am so sorry that she has had to cancel, but eternally grateful to her for letting us know early enough for us to re-arrange the day. I am about to write to her with the good news that someone has stepped into the breach so that she doesn’t feel too bad! We wish her well with the surgeries and for a speedy recovery.

The good news however is that Jae Maries has agreed to come and give the third lecture in the series. Until recently she has been chair of the 62 group and creates the most wonderful large scale works of which I am the proud possessor of one, Bert hangs at the top of my stairs and will eternally be walking away from me through the wall..

This is a quote taken from Jae’s website..

‘Jae Maries’ themes often revolve around figures in an environment. She uses her thumbnail sketches as inspiration which she then develops into life-size wall-hung textile pieces. She works in a variety of media and enjoys the challenge of combining textured stitches surfaces with oil-painted fabric panels. Jae’s current work is developing a daily visual diary. This is a new direction for her and she is curious to see where it leads.’

I am sure that we will all have a lovely afternoon with Jae.. watch this space and I will post the flyer and let you know when the tickets are avilable …but for now, save the date, Sat 13th June at Lower Upham Village Hall… this is on the main road between Fishers Pond and Bishop’s Waltham outside Winchester, opposite the Alma Public House