Here it is mid January - no snow....and the daffodils are just peeking through. It may not last for long as it is meant to get colder soon. So far this year I have been involved with two exhibitions
The first was the winter exhibition of the Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall galleries in London and it was a big success. It is always nice to see a small collection of one's work in such a good gallery space. My 'Meltdown' series based on global warming was the work that featured this year. This is some of the smaller pieces. For more on this series look at 'My work' on the blog.
The other exciting exhibition that is on at the moment is 'Voices' - Quilt Art (the international group) of which I am a member. It opened at Bovey Tracey, Devon at the Devon Guild of Crafts gallery last week and will be there until the end of February. A wonderful location and well worth the visit.
http://www.crafts.org.uk/ or visit our website at http://www.quiltart.eu/
We have produced another little gem of a book to accompany the exhibition.
Latest news -
Connecting Design to Stitch class
There are still places left for the textile retreat in Puglia, Italy, sponsored by Creative Exhibitions (Festival of Quilts and the Knitting and Stitching shows, UK) http://www.twistedthread.com/
It will be 5 wonderful days in a superb setting - a villa in southern Italy.
We will explore representational and abstract design, first in mixed media collage, then with fabric and stitch. Digital imagery, sketches, writing, painted paper and other surfaces will be explored in addition to wire form for dimension. Many of the exercises will be compiled in a hand bound sketchbook for future reference.
Landscape Imagery in a stitched book, in Burgundy, France - in mid 9-15 September
http://www.thereallybigdreamcompany.com Taking inspiration from the local countryside as well as one's own personal theme, students will be creating a sketchbook and several stitch pieces learning about design and composition and using imagery and mixed media collage. Sounds like fun!! It will be a perfect time of year for great food and wine as well as creativity and inspiration.
Visit the workshop section on this site, for additional class information -
I will be in Halifax, N.S, Canada for the Canadian Quilters Association conference end of May, Cowslip workshops, Launceston, Cornwall in July, and at the Distant Stitch Summerschool at Urchfont Manor, Wiltshire also in July. http://www.urchfontmanor.co.uk
And don't forget to visit me at the Festival of Quilts in August, where I am introducing my new book Connecting Design to Stitch.
An exciting year ahead...... Thanks for reading.