I am part of a textile group called Room6 and tomorrow we are setting up an exhibition at the Ashcroft Centre in Fareham, Hampshire
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
Wow! … Festival of Quilts was amazing this year, it seems to have been totally refreshed somehow … we were so busy on our two stands, Susan Chapman Stitched Textiles and Granary Studio Students, that I didnt get a chance to take any photos … sorry … suffice to say, I handed out over 600 leaflets and signed up a further hundred people to our mailing lists for information about the classes I teach and organise at the Granary Studio… so now I am busy typing them into the system!
I am thrilled that I got a judges choice award for my quilt ‘The Building of New York’
Details of the latest programme of classes to be held here at the Granary Studio can be found on the website at www.granarystudio.com
Now back from the NEC, we are headlong into Hampshire Open Studios… Room 6 are presenting the Seven Deadly Sins and much more at the Granary, we have had loads of visitors already, again I have had no time to take many photos .. just the one of the seven deadly sins
We are having a couple of days off today and tomorrow but will re-open on Thursday right through until Monday afternoon.. tea and coffee will be drunk and lovely homemade cake will be consumed.. hope to see you all at the Granary sometime over the weekend, there will be members of Room 6 here to greet you and show you what we do …
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
Well all the autumn exhibitions are now finished.. phew …. my house is full of work now ….
So, busy putting everything back in its place and getting ready to start on the planning for next years’ exhibitions … I have four bodies of work to create ….the first is for the group ByDesign of which I am a member and we are just starting on our new project, no further information at the moment but suffice to say we have created our starting points and we are beginning to work on the first pieces.
Studio21 also has an exhibition at the Stroud International Textile festival in Stroud, U.K. next May but of course the work is finished because we have just exhibited at the first venue in South Hill Park, Bracknell, U.K.
I have two exhibitions at the ICHF show ‘Fabric, Embroidery and Stitch’ in the NEC, Birmingham in March next year … one as part of a brand new group called Room 6 which will be our first major exhibition, very exciting… and the other a two man show with Kim Thittichai, equally exciting … just beginning to think about these two exhibitions and start planning….
Finally , I have a solo show at OEPC, Maastricht next October. so lots of work ahead of me for that exhibition. Another group I am a member of is ArtQuiltFusion, which is a group made up of artists from all the countries in European Union, will also be exhibiting in Maastricht, but again , it is the exhibition we showed in Alsace during September this year, so no further work to create and I will have lots of company over there…..
I am enjoying this lull before the storm! Slowly getting my mind into gear… this is an exciting time, because I love to plan a totally new body of work and I aim for the whole year to be designed and made from these initial thoughts ….
Tickets have arrived for the afternoon tea and lecture by Jae Maries. This is ‘Bert’ made by Jae and bought by me several years ago when she had an exhibition at the Knitting and Stitching Show. I love him to bits and he has travelled to three different houses with me now. He is for ever walking through the wall at the top of my stairs. Her work has taken a slightly different direction now with some very personal diary related pieces and I am looking forward to seeing it all ‘up close and personal’ Jae is delightful and until recently was chairman of the 62 group. I hope you will support this event which this year is staged by a brand new textile group called Room 6 and are made up from tutors and past graduates who worked in Room 6 at the Cranbury Road annexe of Eastleigh College. this is the first event of several involving this exciting new group of artists.
If you would like tickets for this event, please contact me either at email@example.com or by phone at 01962 777480 and I will, on receipt of payment, put the tickets for you to collect at the door unless I see you prior to the event… details of the event as follows
SATURDAY JUNE 13th AT LOWER UPHAM VILLAGE HALL SO32 1HF
DOORS OPEN 13.30, TALK STARTS AT 14.30, TEA STARTS AT 15.30
PRICE £12 TO INCLUDE A GREAT AFTERNOON TEA AND CAKE
More exciting news ! On Friday a new textile exhibiting group was formed!
Room6 is made up of 6 members who have links to the Foundation Degree at Eastleigh College and Room 6 of the Cranbury annexe where the first five years of teaching the degree took place.
We are, in alphabetical order: Caroline Bell, Susan Chapman, Helen Dowdeswell, Alison Hulme, Linda Onions, Consuelo Simpson
I invited the other five and they all accepted … how fantastic is that … they represent teachers and graduates from each year group.
The first event we are going to be involved in is to stage the third in the series of ‘Tea with….’, I won’t tell you who yet, we are at the early stages of organising, so, watch this space ….there will be a website soon …. and exhibitions to follow …. Happy days.