This week I started a new project. I have been commissioned by artist Sanne Vaassen for an exhibition she is having at the Unit 1 gallery in Notting Hill at the end of July. She has pulled apart a number of EU flags so they are just bundles of threads and has given these bundles to weavers to remake. Today I have been tying the lengths of yarn together and winding the warp. Extreme mending. Advertisements
Over the past months I have been exploring the eight remaining pieces of common land in Hackney and recording these walks with photographs, writing and sound. These audio recordings will be the starting point for a series of woven pieces I plan to make about these ancient patches of land, remnants of a medieval world where people were deeply connected with the land. From the sound waves I intend to derive pattern and rhythm which I will weave into the cloth, so placing these journeys into the very structure of the fabric. Memory is embedded in the making of textiles…
Exciting news, I will be showing some of my work on the Contemporary Applied Arts stand at COLLECT – INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR FOR CRAFT AND DESIGN from the 28th February to the 3rd March 2019 at The Saatchi Gallery Duke of York’s HQ King’s Road London SW3 4RY Opening Times: Thursday 28 February: 11.00 – 17.00 Friday 1 March: 11.00 – 18.00 Saturday 2 March: 11.00 – 18.00 Sunday 3 March: 11.00 – 18.00 Come along!
This year I am taking part in a project initiated by Tom Sutton at the University of Bolton investigating the making process. Nine makers/artists have been selected to take part and we have all been given a Cox & Co metal tubular band stand chair frame to reinterpret and to record the process as we go. The project will culminate in an exhibition at Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in October. I received my chair the other day and will be recording my progress here as well as in notebooks and sketchbooks.
In October I got the opportunity to spend a week in rural Wales at Stwidio Maelor where I had use of a large studio space to focus on making work without the distractions of everyday life. I spent my time drawing, playing with yarn, walking in the surrounding countryside and planning future projects.
As part of SPACE studios 50th anniversary myself and my studio mates will be taking part in the open studios event this weekend. Our studio will be open from 12 -6pm Saturday 22nd September 2018. The address is Studio 5, Stoke Newington Library, Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16. Come along to find out about the work I make. I can also give advice and information about the weaving classes I run.
Coming soon! – I will have some work at Colour Theory, a joint exhibition showing the work of several makers/craftspeople represented by the CAA. Opening on Friday 19th March at Contemporary Applied Arts, 89 Southwark Street, London SE1 it will be on until the 21st April – so come along. Over the past few weeks I have been making some new woven pieces for this exhibition. Prompted by my walks in the Thames estuary from Tilbury out towards the sea. This is a landscape of big skies and flat marshland where the shifting light and the ebb and flow of…