Saturday, 31 December 2011

an ending and a beginning

What with moving house four days before Christmas and then being ill for a few days (the previous few manic weeks finally catching up with me) the final days of the year have all gone by in a bit of a blurry fog.  

Thank you so much for visiting my pages over the last year.  I've often been overwhelmed by people's lovely comments and support and amazed that so many people are interested in what I have to show for my time (can't quite believe it really).  Special thanks to recent mentions by Carolyn and Trace.  It really is lovely to find that there are people from far corners of the earth who have alighted on my little patch and enjoy coming back again.

Wishing all a happy and peaceful new year and looking forward to whatever adventures 2012 may bring,


Arctic owls, December 2011

Sunday, 25 December 2011

christmas walk

"There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother love ever showing itself whether recognised or no, and however covered by cares and duties." John Muir

Monday, 12 December 2011

the mall gallery

I will be exhibiting in Designer Crafts at The Mall Galleries, London from 6th - 15th January.

If you're going to be in London on the 6th January and would like an invitation to the private view that evening send me an email this week and I'll pop one in the post to you.

Monday, 5 December 2011

6 inch cube

On Saturday I went to South Square in Thornton to see 6 inch cube.  

I have three pieces in this varied little exhibition, where all artworks fit within the dimensions of a six inch cube.  

I will be exhibiting in this space on my own next year so it was good to see the gallery in action, and be entertained by some of the more surprising artworks... Heidi Harding's cube and (in one of the other galleries) Claire Harbottle's Nailing Jelly were particularly enjoyable!

There is a lovely veggie cafe at South Square alongside the three gallery spaces, studios and shops.  

Saturday, 3 December 2011


I have some work in this exhibition of small prints in Hull.  I'm hoping to get over there at some point soon to see it.  It looks like there is a lovely mix of different print techniques.  

The work I submitted are rust prints with tea on paper, which have been stitched into with small seed stitches

The exhibition is on until 21st January.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011


Things have been a bit quiet on the creative side for a while, apart from some creative packing of boxes.  I'm preparing to move house and so some things just have to be put on one side for a while.

I heard on Saturday that my application to Arts Council England for funding for a residency project I'm planning for next year was not successful.  I was initially very upset, gutted in fact:  a lot of time, energy and hope goes into such things.  However, I'm growing more philosophical about it.  I had some really good feedback, so I know that my application ticked all their boxes but that there just isn't enough money to go around.  Although they recognise that this is a crucial stage in an artist's career, and that funding can give an almighty boost, I understand that it is also quite a gamble to give funding to a recent graduate.   I am reminded that many artists take years of applying before they actually get anywhere with this kind of funding.  I'm determined not to put the project in the bin yet, I have avenues still to explore and plans may have to be altered to make it all happen.

Meanwhile, I made a return visit to Runswick Bay, almost exactly a year after my first visit there.  The weather was calm and grey (after a starry, starry night) when I first stepped on to the beach with the light changing rapidly, coming and going through racing clouds.  Further along the beach the wind suddenly seemed to swing round and strengthen so that the tops of the waves were blown back out to sea and sand was blown in great fuzzy swathes up the beach.

Things were mostly in grey-scale, or in black and white when the light was strong: high contrast with reflections on water of land in black and sky in bright white.

The grey-scale was occasionally interrupted by gaudy scraps of washed up plastic or the brightly coloured boats that sit about the place.

The chance to get away to somewhere different for a few hours was welcome.  To be by the sea is always a rejuvenating experience; to be out in the air and the wind and get so cold that it takes hours to feel warm again; to drink it all in - the light, weather, the constantly changing shapes and patterns of the water and sand.  I was reminded of how much remains un-resolved from my last visit here.  So much of my work and thinking is coastal at the moment and it looks like it will remain that way for some time yet...

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

open house

I spent a lovely weekend sitting at 6 Harrowby Road (hosted by the lovely Joanna) with my work and the work of various other artists adorning the walls. I met some lovely people, had some really interesting conversations and feedback about my work... and drank lots of coffee and ate lots of cake!

I do think that showing art in domestic settings can work really well.  There is a relaxed-ness that you will never get in a gallery, and people get to see how something might look in their own home.  Of course there is a certain amount of nosiness in being able to wonder round other people's houses, and that is part of the attraction of an arts trail like this for many people.  I took some stitching to do on the second day and have to admit that it felt very luxurious to sit on a comfy sofa all day, stitching and having pleasant conversations... back to the rest of life now!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

this weekend

The Headingley arts trail is this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 4pm.  You can down load a brochure from here now or collect one at your first venue. See you there!

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

small things

This week I've finished off pieces to submit to this and this. 

I'll have to wait and see whether they're selected or not

Friday, 4 November 2011


I collected some work from the framer today, ready to take to the Headingley Arts Trail next week.  I'm really pleased with how they've come out.  

I've framed some of the thick felt pieces that were part of my degree final work.  They originally made up one large work with 25 separate squares arranged together.  Now, in their own box frames they have become separate works.

I didn't want them to be behind glass, so they just have a simple wooden frame with space between the subtly painted wood and the felt so that you can see the depth of the felt.

I'm really looking forward to seeing how they will look on the walls of 6 Harrowby Road....

Thursday, 3 November 2011

headingley arts trail

 I will be exhibiting work at the Headingley Arts Trail the weekend after next.  I'll be at venue 9, which is at 6 Harrowby Road.  See the website for more info.  I hope to be there most of the weekend so do come and say hi!

Monday, 31 October 2011


I spent a couple of hours in my garden the other day.  It was sunny and mild and the perfect opportunity to clear some of the debris left from Summer's abundance and to collect some seed before it all falls to the ground, and before British wintertime began with the clocks changing.

I gathered seed and/or seed heads from poppies, fennel, aquilegia, love-in-the-mist, cerinthe and from some runner beans that had been left on the plant far too long to make pleasant eating.

While I sorted them for storage I laid them out, enjoying the different seed heads and forms of the seeds.

 Then I put them away into paper bags, ready for a new season and, hopefully, for a new garden.