The Cordis Trust Tapestry Showcase 2018

Great news to end the week on; one of my tapestries, Rhythm of the Weave, has been selected to be exhibited in The Tapestry Showcase in Edinburgh which runs from 26 November 2018 – mid Jan 2019.

”The object of the showcase is to encourage the work of emerging weavers, and to give them a platform to exhibit and sell their work in a venue of national prestige, within the National Galleries of Scotland’s Princes Street complex, in the heart of Edinburgh.” http://thetapestryprize.org/

I’m very much looking forward to a trip up to beautiful Edinburgh to see my own work and the other exhibits .  If you’re in Edinburgh during this period do pop in to see the exhibition at;

The Scottish Cafe & Restaurant
National Galleries of Scotland
The Mound
Edinburgh
EH2 2EL

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Photographer:  Mat Dale Photography

Clocking Off – Exhibition

clocking offNext up is a pop-up exhibition running from 20th May and through the summer as part of the Loom Festival at Sunny Bank Mill.  I will be exhibiting work alongside other artists who have an affiliation with the Mill, as a celebration of the Finishing Room which is due to be demolished.

On the 27th May there will be a ‘Meet the Artist’ event from 11am with pimms, prosecco, cake, live jazz band and street art.  Hope to see you there!!

 

Wintertide Festival

I’m pleased to share the news that British Tapestry Group members Jane Riley, Sally Reckert and I have been selected by BloomInArt to be part of the projected art exhibition at WINTERTIDE FESTIVAL for Community Arts, Music & Film on The Headland, Hartlepool, UK.  24th to 26th November 2017.

The 20 min rolling exhibition will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm till 11pm (earlier finish on Sunday.) Optimum viewing from St Hilda’s Church.

More details on the festival here https://www.wintertidefestuk.com and BloomInArt here http://www.bloominart.co.uk

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MA & Exhibition news

I’ve been accepted on the MA Creative Practice at Leeds College of Art for a September 2017 start.   It’s a masters by research and is designed for creative practitioners who wish to strengthen and deepen their practice.  It’s a dream of a course and I can’t wait to start. Roll on September!

It’s busy here in the studio as I work towards a collaborative exhibition at Sunnybank Mill http://sunnybankmills.co.uk which will be running from 20 May to 2 July 2017.   There are seven of us exhibiting, all responding to the theme Weave 1: Fragments.  Have a look at a couple of the other exhibitors work here https://www.emmadolan.co.uk/ and here https://hayleymillsstyles.com/  Two wonderfully talented textile artists.

If you’re in the area whilst the exhibition is running do come along.  Contact me before hand and I’ll happily show you around and chat with you about the work.  In the meantime here’s a little peek at some of the work I’ll be exhibiting.

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A brief backstory

I was first introduced to weave whilst studying for my BTEC in General Art & Design at Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) back in 1989. It was at CCAD that I first started weaving with paper, providing an early insight into how adaptable woven textiles could be.  Exciting textures and structures could be created using the warp as the backbone, opening the door to many exciting possibilities.

After Art College I went on to study  BA Hons Craft (Combined Studies) at Manchester Metropolitan University, Crewe and Alsager Campus.  There I specialised in Ceramics and Textiles.  I was introduced to the floor looms and started working with basket cane, weaving it into a linen warp .  Once off the loom the cloth was soaked to soften the cane and moulded around objects.  When dried it maintained it’s shape and took on a 3D form.  This manipulation of the cloth formed the basis of my degree show.

Post Uni I travelled to India collecting textiles from the Banjara and Rabari tribes. This started a life long love affair with textiles from the Kutch district of Gujarat and a substantial collection.  April 1995 I returned to the UK and found employment at a University in the North of England.  With a full time job and subsequent family my practice was no longer the main focus in my life.   Although my intention had always been to return to a creative practice, as the years progressed and life became more settled I started to believe that part of my life had past by.

When my youngest child started school, I picked up my tapestry frame and started weaving again.  I started to wonder how other people achieved an artistic path. Something clicked and I realised the only thing that was stopping me was in fact me. Around the same time a promotion at work gave me enough confidence and a realisation that with dedication, resilience and hard graft I could develop my practice and return to education.  And that is where I am today; working towards submitting an application for an MA in Creative Practice. Hoping for a successful application and re-entry into education for a September 2017 start.