Sunday, 27 May 2012
Photographing my latest little woven square (one of my residency beach walk weavings) in bright sunshine gave some beautiful shadows. We have the most glorious hot weather with clear blue skies and brilliant sunshine. It won't last but it is wonderful while it does.
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
In a couple of weeks I'm going to be involved in Bradford's first city-wide open studios event. This takes place over the extended jubilee bank holiday weekend and sees all sorts of different exhibitions and open studios during the 4 days.
My house and studio will be open to visitors on Sunday 3rd to Tuesday 5th June from 11am - 5pm. There are various other venues nearby, including Hannah, Hugh and Claire showing just in the next street.
I've written a blog post about what a rewarding experience open studios can be here.
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Welcome to my new studio! At least it is mine for the time I am at Spurn. I've made myself quite at home today and the 5 flights of stairs to the top are going to keep me fit! Find out more over here.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Thursday, 10 May 2012
What a weekend! (I'm still recovering) The Saltaire Arts Trail was a huge success once again and we had thousands of visitors milling round the village, brochures in hand, going round the various different exhibitions, activities and installations that were part of the event. Even the cold weather (is it really May?!) didn't put a dampener on things and the Arts Trail 'buzz' was all around the place.
Because I'm involved in the organizing of this event as well as showing some work at it I was really busy in the run up and all weekend and I was poorly at the same time, so it is taking a few days to get back to the land of the living!
My work looked great in Paula's lovely house. It is quite a big deal to open up your house to thousands of strangers who tramp through to look at the artwork and to have a nosey inside your home. Some of the people who agree to open their houses are selling their own work but others are not artists but want to be part of this lovely event. To be able to see artwork in a domestic setting, particularly in a heritage location such as Saltaire, really makes things accessible and interesting to people.
I was particularly pleased with how one of my little books looked on the window sill with the beautiful garden beyond.
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
I'm really pleased with how my tide marks series of work has turned out now it's framed. I've been lovingly working at, adding to, sorting and revisiting these small pieces of dyed, printed, stitched paper over the last few weeks. But I always worried that they wouldn't stand on their own as individual pieces. Somehow by placing these things into frames they are transformed into the precious items that I already feel they are: it says 'this is what they are' to any other viewer that hasn't had the relationship with them that I have.
These are quiet pieces, subtle. I hope that whoever looks at them will be intrigued, drawn in by the play of different marks and textures. They invite you to look closely, study the lines, see where the stitches go. At least that's how I feel about them. I want them to intrigue people, please them and perhaps puzzle them.
These, as well as other work, will be shown next weekend at 6 Harold Place as part of the Saltaire Arts Trail.