My precious objects collection are now on sale on Made by Hand online. The first collection of pieces is now up for sale and I will be adding more after Bovey Tracey Craft Festival in June – I am busy making new pieces for the show! There’s an interview with me on madebyhandonline website where I explain more about the work and the stories behind the pieces.
I am also going to be showing this work at Lustre design fair in Nottingham in November for the first time. Later this year I will also be able to make work to commission so if you have any precious old tools or family screwdriver heirlooms which you would like to have made in to a work of art please let me know. My embroideries of tools on vintage textiles will be making their debut this year at shows and I am working on prints based on these pieces too.
This week I’ve started a new commission for Harefield Hospital
and made some dye bundles at the first community workshop
The patchwork continues to grow (on the cat, as usual!)
I rarely get a day just stitching, so attending a workshop on Indian embroidery was a real treat this week.
Some preparation for my artist residency day
and some stitching stains during the residency day
I reworked The Beauty of Stains, making the stains permanent through stitch.
I’ve made a lot of paper pieced patchwork for Narrative Threads.
I’ve started a birthday present for my mum but I’m not going to show it here in case she looks. I know she doesn’t look at Instagram.
I even made a fascinator for a workshop sample.
I’ve started my research visits to museums to inspire new work for my solo exhibition Narrative Threads.
Week 11 was a complete whirlwind of final works and installation of Interlace exhibition which is now up and looking fabulous!
I was also hurtling through finishing a quilt for a big birthday present at the same time as opening the exhibition. It was more than a little close to the wire getting it done but it was nice to have lots of sewing to do.
As an aside, I am teaching this type of improv(ised) patchwork later in the year, along with the paper pieced type too. Find out more here.
Since the exhibition opened, things have been somewhat different and the pace of life changed completely with a few sunny, chilly days on a canal boat. There’s a lot of work to do on a boat, and lots of walking and exploring, but there was time for some simple making too. I’m slowly working on a very time-consuming piece for my Narrative Threads exhibition and making hexagon patchwork with antique fabrics, also for the exhibition.
I’m also working on the easiest bit of knitting ever – yards and yards of icord made from scrap yarn to make into long, loop necklaces.
I’ve recently been having a great time experimenting with screen printing, which I’ve not done since school! I’ve been printing on fabrics to make into more petals for Interlace, my collaboration with Bethany Walker. Our exhibition opens in less than 4 weeks time so there is lots to do….
Along with grey petals, I’m also celebrating the nicer shades of grey on Instagram with the hashtag #50niceshadesofgrey. I’m posting pictures of lovely grey things, when I remember.
There have also been some blues. Made on Monday, when I was really feeling blue. It didn’t last.
Week 7 has mostly involved visiting exhibitions, taking down exhibitions and preparing exhibitions, which isn’t so bad. But there *must* be more needle and thread in the next few weeks.
My excuse for missing an entire week of #dailymake2015 was my birthday last weekend. I made a dress for my birthday party and did a lot of work on petals for Interlace as our exhibition deadline looms ever closer! I’ve also got back into knitting which is a joy.
Some of the last couple of week’s makes:
Again, it has been a tough week of deadlines and not as much making as I would like, with an added stinky cold for the last few days. I’m finally having a weekend off, after working 27 days straight through in January, and am spending it planning and preparing for a big birthday party next weekend! I’ve also worked out what’s going on with my phone, so I’ll have decent photos again soon.
This week’s makes
Something I made ages ago, in lieu of actually making….
Dramatic smocking on a private commission
Some stitches that didn’t make the cut and came out later.
Stitches that stayed
Comfort knitting after a tiring day
Back to my own work, at last
Making for Interlace
Some days I do lots of making. Some days I barely manage anything and have to resort to a doodle in a sketchbook as my #dailymake2015.
I’m making progress on new pieces for Narrative Threads and Interlace and I’m enjoying having sketchbook on the go. I have it beside my armchair to doodle, sketch and invent embroidery stitch patterns while I am drinking tea and being sat on by my cat.