Reinventing the paper piece

A couple of years ago I made this piece, my first in paper, constructed from book proofs. It has been a real trouper; a couple of exhibitions, some press and a lot of interest.  It is going out again for Colour, at New Brewery Arts in Cirencester, Sat 23rdMarch – Sun 12thMay 2013, along with this coat (currently at Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford). 

sewn up

Sewn Up in situ

Sewn Up

I made a smaller, companion piece a couple of years ago, and this morning I finally finished a 3rd piece.
I had started the new one as a commission, following the Leicester Open Exhibition at New Walk Museum last winter, but the buyer pulled out before I started assembly. Disappointing, but c’est la vie….
I’m hoping this new one can also go to New Brewery Arts and will go home with a happy buyer, this time.

Sewn Up 3

Sewn Up 3

Pleat and Fold


Pleats and folds have fascinated me since I started designing and making professionally, seven years ago. It all started many years before with an obsession with 18th century dress trimmings made from folded and manipulated silk.


My new book on fabric manipulation, due out in 2013, has a whole chapter on pleating and folding techniques. Working on it has been a joy; a chance to experiment and play with new (to me) old techniques and the chance to invent some of my own.

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You can get an advance preview of some of the techniques in the book at my next fabric manipulation workshop on Sunday 30th September, 10-4 at Ruth Singer Studio, Leicester.

Garrick Cushion detail

Sunday 30th September 10-4 £45
This is an exciting creative workshop exploring decorative pleating and folding techniques in fabric. We will learn box and knife pleats, decorative variations, pin tucks and origami-like folds in fabric to create samples for use in quilting, embroidery and fashion projects.
All materials included.
Suitable for all levels

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