The young students at Eastleigh College studying on the pre=degree Foundation are opening their show tomorrow evening thursday 16th June 18.00-20.00… it is open for a week .. do come and see these talented kids work …they are all going off to amazing courses, 100% first choices… hope to see you there
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
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!
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
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
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….
The ICHF show Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch will be open on Thursday until Sunday, 17-20 March, to find out more please visit
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