Dublin Knit and Stitch Show

Just back from the wonderful city of Dublin where I was part of an exhibition called ‘The Sewing Machine Project’ by the group Studio21.. if you would like to know more about our group then please visit our website – www.studio21textileart.co.uk

meanwhile here is a flavour of our exhibition

 

the show will now travel to the knit and stitch show in Harrogate on the weekend  23-26 november, just a week and a half away!

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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!

logo award 16

 

 

 

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

 

Stroud International Textile Festival

Next week we will be opening our Sewing Machine Project exhibition at the Stroud International Textile Festival, do come and see us .. I will be stewarding 13/14/15 May and 27/28 May so would be pleased to see anyone who would like to visit

The dates and times of the exhibition are as follows

A4 poster

 

 

 

 

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….

 

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 ….

NEXT!

Next up… next weekend sees me at Cheltenham Town Hall with others from Studio21 at the SIT weekend. This is the forerunner of the Stroud International Festival which will be held in May next year in Stroud .. Studio21 will be showing our Sewing Machine Project at the Landsdowne Gallery in May, it will be the second venue for this show… the first venue is South Hill Park in Bracknell and it opens 27th October, directly after Cheltenham, and runs until 8th November, hope to see you there