Another Great Couple of Shows

phew.. just back from two ICHF shows, only two weeks apart firstly ‘The Scottish Quilting Show’at the SECC in Glasgow and then the ‘Fashion and Embroidery Show’ at the NEC in Birmingham … I was so busy on the aproach to these shows I didnt get to post any information about them but do put the dates in your diaries for next year …..

The Scottish Quilting Show … at SECC in Glasgow will run …           8-11 March 2018

Fashion and Embroidery Show … at NEC Birmingham will run …  15-18 March 2018

They are actually back to back next year so that will be a test of packing and re-packing! I will be at both shows next year too

But, this year ….

I had a large solo exhibition in Glasgow and I also taught some lovely ladies and gentlemen every day of the show …I taught my workshop ‘Explorng Simple Print’ using funky foam and polystyrene, and I think everyone had great fun, including me. The washing up was a bit of a challenge though with automatic taps in the loos until the lovely Jane Bolsover found me a catering sink .. she really is an amazing mover and shaker…glasgow 01glasgow 02

and all sorts of fun at the NEC two weeks later

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this is my demonstrator stand and behind that the  ByDesign exhibition titled ‘Smoke and Mirrors’, here are a couple of views

Finally the third stand I was involved in was the Eastleigh College stand … this showed the work from last summers HNC end of first year interim show, four students who are textile based, from this course came with their work … and here are a couple of views

they are Shelly Canning, Me, Irene Belcher and Frances Davison, a great time was had by all … and , finally, all my family came on the sunday and helped take down … those who know us well know that it is quite rare for all of us to get together

family

that is me, Oli Son, Evelyn Daughter with Granddaughter on board who I ill hopefully meet at the end of June! and last but certainly not least Ben son-in-law

thats it, my whole dynasty so far….

speak soon

Hold on to your hats!

Hold on to your hats! the autumn term is about to start …. this year it is full on until Christmas …We have 110.. 17/18 year old students starting on Monday … I am going to try and teach them all about textiles! …. a whistle stop tour in 15 hours a week, 8 groups so 8 weeks of this… the lovely new textiles tutor cant start until nearly half term so I will have 5 weeks at least of the 8 …. phew … wish me luck! .. then a week later our lively adult courses start ….’Building an Art, Media, and Design portfolio’ which I am running this year, and the second year of the HNC for which I am one of the primary tutors …what happened to cutting my college commitment to one day a week!!! Sadly there are not enough enrolments to run the city and guilds this year, in patchwork or creative sketchbooks, maybe next year

The Granary Studio classes continue apace, for more information on the classes offered please visit my other website …. www.granarystudio.com

Finally I have an upcoming solo show in Maastricht at the ‘Open European Patchwork Championships’, from 19-23 October,  I have a collection of 26 quilts (if I get the last three finished!) going there and I am judging the competition too, exciting times….currently I am trying to decide where I cross the channel, I am driving,  because I want to avoid Calais at all costs..

Hope some of you will be at the show, if so, please come and say hello … I will probably be pleased to hear a British voice! My language skills are fairly limited although I am better when I am in the country.

Just to add a little more excitement to the term, we are moving to a brand new Art School after half term and before Christmas! it is still wrapped in plastic and scaffolding so  I wonder if it will be ready in time!!!

Speak soon x

Festival of quilts

ok, van has been borrowed, workshop stuff packed, stand stuff packed, the three dimensional pieces of work are loaded, now ironing clothes and packing ….off to the festival of quilts early tomorrow …

i am teaching a masterclass all day wednesday, called ‘stitching from life’, students will be free machining all day, direct from primary source, no drawing on fabric ….straight to stitch, observational drawings n stitch … magic …. a few exercises in the morning and a model in the afternoon (clothed), should be fun ….

then … show opens on thursday and i will be on stand QIA 24… do come and visit me, i will be next to lynn onions so we can look after each others stands when we are not there, one of us will always be there….

I will also be demonstrating on artvango’s artist in action stand, showing the process of taking the sketchbook work into stitch… not sure when at the mo but probably on friday…pop in and see me there too!

show is on until 5pm sunday …. worth a visit… see you there!

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

 

Courses at Eastleigh College

The new brochure is imminent but I thought I would give you an advanced peek at the part-time courses I will be involved in teaching during the next academic year, starting in September/October at the Desborough site

City and Guilds Patchwork and Quilting level 2 and/or level 3

City and Guilds Creative Sketchbooks level 2

Certificate in Art & Design (Building an Art, Design and Media Portfolio) level 3

HNC/HND in Contemporary Art Practice level 4 and 5

City and Guilds Patchwork level 2 and/or level 3 which will be on Tuesday  afternoons from 13.15 until 16.45, the level 2 runs for one year and the level 3 runs for 4/5 terms.       The Level 2 course covers Patchwork techniques, Applique techniques and Quilting techniques. There is an introduction to design and this will result in two assessed pieces of work, one predominantly patchwork and one predominantly applique. Finally there will be some printing and dyeing. The Level 3 course is a progression from the level2 and involves experimentation with different fabrics and extended techniques while still keeping within a patchwork and quilting framework. There will be more design with assessed pieces in 3 dimensions and a final quilt. Finally, colouring on fabric knowledge will be extended

City and Guilds Creative Sketchbooks level 2 which will be on Tuesday evenings from 18.00 until 21.00, running for one year. This course covers a variety of printmaking and collage techniques, with a little observational drawing. The first term will teach techniques, then the second term students will create a sketchbook to own theme into a bought sketchbook, and the third term students will create a second sketchbook to a second theme and constructed to their own design

Certificate in Art & Design (Building an Art, Design and Media Portfolio) level 3 which will be on Monday and Tuesday evenings, 18.00-21.00. Students will initially be introduced to a range of techniques and processes within specialist areas of Art, Design and Media, through a range of assignments and workshop style sessions. Students will undertake workshops in: drawing; painting; print making; sculpture; photography; illustration; graphic design; textiles; fashion; animation and film. Assessment is by production of a portfolio work and assignments. Students will not be required to sit an formal exams and the course is practical research based. During the Monday evening sessions, students will have the benefit of contact with a personal tutor, who will be able to oversee their development and be on hand to advise them on a weekly basis. The Tuesday evening sessions will be delivered through a number of short assignment workshops, led by a range of different Art, Design and Media specialist practitioners. The course will be delivered through these workshops and assignment based work which is led by the student and directed and guided by the tutors who will work with students on an individual basis.

HNC/HND in Contemporary Art Practice level 4 and 5

This is a broad based course where students will undertake workshops in: drawing; painting; print making; sculpture; photography; illustration; graphic design; textiles; fashion; animation and film.

If you were hoping to study the FdA Stitched Textiles, which no longer runs, this is now the course I would recommend. While exactly the same level as the FdA, it is broader in scope, you are still able to specialise in Stitched textiles, but this course offers much much more.

You will have the opportunity to produce work using a variety of methods and approaches and will be introduced to these through a range of themes and visual art problems using workshops, short projects, research tasks, critiques and presentations. This will help you to then develop your work independently, through a series of assignment based projects. That with support and guidance form tutors will enable you to focus on your specialist area of interest within visual art practice in the second year of the course, culminating in a final exhibition.

For more information please visit www.eastleigh.ac.uk

 

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….

 

Next one up! this time Romsey Abbey

It looks wonderful … a huge thank you to my wonderful graduates who have made the most fabulous work and hung it in the Abbey today. I am , of course biassed … but I think the Abbey looks pretty fantastic …. thanks to the verger and his ‘mate’ all the arches have been filled with a variety of pieces, and wherever you look there are intriguing pieces and surprises around every corner… it is just as I had hoped and planned for many months ago … my own piece ‘Communion’ is safely installed in St. Lawrences Chapel

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these are two pieces to whet your appetite, my own, and the wonderful mediaeval lady from Sue Fish who frightened the life out of the organist when he came in to practice this evening! no other images at the moment because I havent had permission from anyone else yet …. SO.. come and see for yourselves … opening is at 6pm in the Abbey tomorrow Tuesday 29th Sept …. and it is open until Nov 1st

Hilary Marshall and I have a partner exhibition at Rum’s Eg in Bell street Romsey , just around the corner with a super cafe upstairs