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

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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

 

Pre Degree Foundation opening event

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 thereElsewhere invite kids show.jpg

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!

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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

 

Almost Ready to go

The ICHF show Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch will be open on Thursday until Sunday, 17-20 March, to find out more please visit

http://www.fashionembroidery.co.uk

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