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
Golly, we are hurtling towards the end of November and that means just one thing… the Knitting and Stitching show is moving on to Harrogate ….. I just love this show, they are all subtly different and this is one of my favourites… Here I am working on the Artist in Action stand in 2010 for Art Van Go.. Note the change of hair!
I will be back there this year on the Artist in Action stand for Art Van Go on Friday Sat and Sun morning, so please pop over and say Hi if you are going to be there. Friday morning will see a double act with Kim Thittichai and I working on the same bench… we have a two man show coming up at the ICHF show at the NEC, B’Ham in March 2016, so this will be our first get together to start some planning and get some work done. Then I will work solo for the rest of Friday, all day Saturday and Sunday morning.
I will be working with procion dye … some drawing, some monoprinting, and anything else that comes to mind while I am working … I plan to decorate my washing line around the whole of my area!
See you there x
all the exhibitions are up now and my boot is full of drinks so we are ready to roll
do pop in tonight 6-8.30…. desborough road, school of visual arts, eastleigh college (also friday all day and sat morning til 1)
Kev from art van go will be there…. past graduates have a book shop with all sorts of previously loved books on sale
and five different exhibitions on display, all adult ed …
see you later x
Show in Progress
Patchwork and embroidery exhibitions are up … just three more exhibitions to go … contemporary textile workshop, level 3 art design and media and finally our past graduates will all be going up tomorrow …
show opens thursday 6-8.30, friday 10-4, sat 10-1 at Desborough school of visual arts, Eastleigh College
Art Van Go will be there for the whole show
Please do come and visit, and see the work of our talented students
With all the activity getting the Granary Studio up and running I havent had time to report back on the great Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch Show which is presented by ICHF ( International Craft and Hobbies Fair) every year on the third weekend in March at the NEC in Birmingham. It is held at the same time as the Hobbycrafts Show and the Sewing for Pleasure Show. This makes for a very interesting and interested audience and even in our part of this event there is great variety with college graduate displays, and catwalk shows with the exuberance of the music floating across the show three times each day. The sister show is staged a week later at the Excel in London.
It is the first show I attend in the year, and the Pic below shows my stand and the visit of the lovely Kevin Mead from Art Van Go at the end of the day when the coaches have left and the show becomes quieter. this is when we get the chance to catch up with old friends. the photo is courtesy of the Gorgeous Kim Thittichai with whom I will be presenting something special at this show next year, watch this space…
College have just increased the size of our coach to Alexandra Palace Knitting and Stitching Show on Saturday.
SO, we have some extra spaces. It leaves from Cranbury Road at 8.30 am and the plan is to leave Ally Pally at 5pm.
If anyone fancies joining us , it is £29.50 for the coach and an entrance ticket … if we get a few more that maybe a pound or so cheaper.
please phone Eastleigh College and ask for Lorraine Fisher or Kim Miller and they will put you on the list.
phone number is 02380 9111099
Just spent a very happy three days with Viv and Kev at Art Van Go … did a couple of dayschools in screen printing and reduction lino…. and visited some of the Hertfordshire Open Studios. Spent a fortune in the wonderful shop, who doesn’t! Bought a delightful piece of work from the brilliant Susie Stone in the current exhibition. and thanks to Kev for cooking some fabby dinners , he really is a great cook along with all his photographic and art van go talents.
I am off to Somerset Art Weeks open studios later this week so, although I never get to visit the Hampshire Open Studios because I am always open there, I am at least visiting lots of others in other counties, it is a great institution