This year I have been artist in residence at Leicester University Department of Genetics alongside Gillian McFarland. Our residency showcase exhibition takes place at Leicester University November – January and includes our sculptural glass work created in collaboration with the university’s scientific glassblower Gayle Price, works on paper, photography and the Petri dish project.
The exhibition preview takes place on Friday 10th November 5-7pm and all are welcome. The show continues until 11th January but is closed 22nd Dec – 1st January.
We are also showing a collection of glass pieces at the Berlin Science Festival in “Appealing to the Populous”, the international art/science exhibition for Evolutionary Biology.
In January 2018 we will be showing an expanded version of our Leicester exhibition, including pieces from Berlin and other new work at 44AD Gallery in Bath. We won the exhibition opportunity in Bath Open Arts competition earlier in 2017.
You are invited to join me at Staffordshire Record Office for the launch of a new phase of my project Criminal Quilts on Friday 8th September. Find out more, see artwork from 2012-2015 and explore the original archive photos.
My new exhibition Fragments is now open at Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, Wales and continues until 16th September 2017.
The exhibition includes several new pieces of work inspired by quilt history and some older pieces which fit into the same theme including my paper quilt, the Criminal Quilts : Hanging and Star Quilt. The new work has developed from my research visit to see the quilts in February this year combined with my own collection of old and worn patchwork, plus at least a decade’s fascination with old quilts and their history.
Quilt Association collection
Two previous blog posts explore the process in more detail and all the pieces in the exhibition are described here.
Yesterday I went into the Radio Leicester studio to talk about my Criminal Quilts project and the new work I am starting to develop for exhibitions next year.
You can listen to me on the programme at about 51 minutes in.
I’m working on new partnerships and projects for 2018 which will be announced in full at a launch event in Stafford on Friday 8th September. Full details coming soon.
Fine Art Quilt Masters: Winner Ruth Singer
I’m pleased to have a new piece of work selected for the ReThinkYourMind Yellow Book project.
My piece Ash Map will be included in the new book for 2017 which will be launched this week after an awards reception at the House of Lords last week, although I was at the Contemporary Craft Festival so wasn’t able to attend the awards.
The theme for entries was ‘I feel better when….’ and for me this is walking in the countryside. The line of the piece follows the route of a walk and is stitched with the seeds of an ash tree (called keys) which I collected. This work and a number of others exploring the natural world and the therapeutic nature of walking were created in late 2015 as I was dealing with a painful relationship break up when walking was essential to calm my mind and focus on things outside of my own head. Walking a lot is nothing new for me, I have always loved walking, but these pieces are the first work I have produced which use this experience of walking as a theme and inspiration to making. I am continuing to develop new work around walking, my experience of the natural world and hope to have an exhibition of new pieces in 2018.
July’s edition of House and Garden magazine includes two of my art textile apron pieces in a design feature called Lace it Up. I can’t show the page here because of copyright but it’s a lovely feature and shows the aprons looking bold and beautiful on a dark green wall.
Folds of Time, 2005
Time Bubble, 2. 2011
Time Bubble, 2. (detail) 2010. More details here