Dublin Knit and Stitch Show

Just back from the wonderful city of Dublin where I was part of an exhibition called ‘The Sewing Machine Project’ by the group Studio21.. if you would like to know more about our group then please visit our website – www.studio21textileart.co.uk

meanwhile here is a flavour of our exhibition

 

the show will now travel to the knit and stitch show in Harrogate on the weekend  23-26 november, just a week and a half away!

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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!

logo award 16

 

 

 

Stroud International Textile Festival

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

A4 poster

 

 

 

 

Taking Stock

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 ….

NEXT!

Next up… next weekend sees me at Cheltenham Town Hall with others from Studio21 at the SIT weekend. This is the forerunner of the Stroud International Festival which will be held in May next year in Stroud .. Studio21 will be showing our Sewing Machine Project at the Landsdowne Gallery in May, it will be the second venue for this show… the first venue is South Hill Park in Bracknell and it opens 27th October, directly after Cheltenham, and runs until 8th November, hope to see you there