stimulus and challenge

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 susichap@hotmail.co.uk please, and I will set up a group for those that wish to take part

terrible times

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

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….

Dayschools at the Granary Studio

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

exhibition

I am part of a textile group called Room6 and tomorrow we are setting up an exhibition at the Ashcroft Centre in Fareham, Hampshire

room 6 flyer version 2

We are there from 16 April until 26 May, so plenty of time to pop in and see our work.

We are currently working towards our next exhibition ‘Missing Elements’ which will be shown at this autumn’s Knitting and Stitching shows at Alexandra Palacew in October followed by Dublin and Harrogate in November

Hope to see you all at one of these venues, do pop in and say hello

 

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, mine was different this year, I went to my daughter’s house, she has a new baby and my son in law was cooking so we all converged in Uttoxeter … wonderful to hand over the cooking …

and so, now my mind turns to the new year … what will 2018 bring ….

I have just posted some new classes on my granary website .. do visit .. hopefully there wil be some classes that interest you    www.granarystudio.com

I am running a drawing course at Eastleigh college which finishes at the end of this term and working a little with theyoung students too, but I am cuting back on hours there … don’t forget the HNC Contemporary Art Practice, I will teach on that if it runs.. we still have the names from last year so hopefully it will … if not, then my time at Eastleigh College may draw to a close after 15 years!

the Granary Studio goes from strength to strength so I will not be at a loose end…

I hope to see you there or at the shows, I will be at ICHF shows in Glasgow and Birmingham, back to back in March.. and at Festival of Quilts in Birmingham in August, Hampshire Open Studios in Granary Studios in August too, then finally the  Autumn Knitting and Stitching shows, probably at all three .

A very Happy and Healthy New year to you all

Susan x

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!