Baumber Walled Garden…..

Looking forward to taking part in the Arts and Craft event this Sunday at the Walled Garden Baumber where I will be exhibiting some of my textile art and felting projects.

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LCA Reunion…..

It’s been all go at the Sam Scorer Gallery in Drury Lane, Lincoln today.  I am one of a group of 21 ex Lincoln College of Art students and tutors who have got together for the first time in over forty years as part of the LCA Reunion to exhibit our current work.  The space is looking terrific with a wide range of work on display including fine art, textiles, ceramics, printing, sculpture, jewellery, mixed Media and photography. The free to enter exhibition opened with a launch party this evening and will run daily from 10am – 4pm until 3rd June.

These are just a few of the photographs taken during the setting up and the launch party…….

The Big Textile Show…..

I got back home from Leicester last night after two wonderful days exhibiting at The Big Textile Show at Leicester Racecourse.  Although I’ve previously shown work as part of a group this was my first stint at having a stall and exhibiting in my own right.  I wasn’t too sure what to expect but it turned out to be an amazing experience and the two days just flew by.  I met lots of lovely people, stall holders and visitors, and it was great that so many folk took the time to stay and chat.

A big thank you to the Leicestershire Quilters for the loan of the quilt stands and to my friend Sandra who very kindly put me up over the weekend, helped set up the displays and stayed all day to help on the stall…..much appreciated!  Here are just a few more images from the show…..

Lutterworth Stitchers

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Convivia

Local Spinning Group

Part of the Sea & Sky IFA Members Exhibition

 

 

Re-Action…..

Yesterday I went into Lincoln to see the Re-Action exhibition by Feltmaker Moira West being held in the Gallery at St Martins in Hungate.  This little gallery hosts a regularly changing programme of art exhibitions from emerging and established artists and I was keen to visit on the Saturday as Moira was going to be there in person.  It’s great to have the opportunity to view creative work of any kind when the artist is in residence to talk about how it came about and answer any questions you might have.  Moira said she “was delighted to be invited by gallery manager and artist Phil Bowman to produce my fibre art for another solo exhibition. This body of work will stretch me artistically, whilst also allowing a continuing interpretation of human strength and weakness – a recurrent theme of my work.”

It was refreshing to enter a gallery and be encouraged, rather than discouraged, to touch all of the work on display.  Moira believes that “art should create a sense of involvement for viewers, and prompt interaction between them and the work itself.”

Thought provoking work based around the subject of consumerism………

Her latest exhibition work relates to consumer excess, trade, and worship of the individual. This body of work is shown alongside some of her more important pieces from previous exhibitions.

“Freedom”, “Choice” and “Order”……. fabric, silk and wool.

“Hallelujah”….metallic threads and wool / “It’s What Shapes Us”…..jute, yak and wool

Moira’s work cried out to be handled as it is wonderfully textured and tactile.  My favourite piece is the tall grey vessel entitled “Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen” from a collection inspired by singer song writers.  The piece below is a detail from “Purple Rain” which combines steel mesh with British wool.

Detail of “Purple Rain”…..British wool, steel mesh, silver and linen warp thread.

 

It was lovely to meet the artist and see her work, if you get the chance the exhibition runs until 16th September.

 

Inspired by Sir Isaac Newton…..

 

One of the textile groups I belong to is LINQS (Lincolnshire Quilters) and each year we respond to a challenge to make an art quilt based on the life or works of a particular person.  Our latest challenge was inspired by Sir Isaac Newton and the work will be on display over the coming bank holiday weekend at Waltham Windmill.  The exhibition is free and we will be having a sales table and demonstration area.  There will be lots of other things going on at the working Mill with shops, cafes, picnic area, miniature train rides and a model engineers marquee, etc so a great venue for a family day out!

The exhibition is open from 10am – 4 pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Here are just a few examples of what we have on show…..

Gravitree by Jean Proud

Inspired by the life and work of Sir Isaac Newton by Karen Lane

The Mind of a Genius by Mary Jackson

Woolsthorpe Manor by Pat Cave

Inspired by Sir Isaac Newton…..

LINQS (Lincolnshire Quilters) will be exhibiting their latest body of work, 22 art quilts inspired by Sir Isaac Newton, at the end of this month.  Our first venue will be the beautiful Alford Manor House.  Built in 1611 it is thought to be the largest thatched manor house in the country.

I’ve finally finished my Newton quilt.  It’s 30″ x 40″ and the design is based on the fact that Newton spent a lot of his time studying and practising alchemy.  It consists of appliqué commercial fabric, Tyvek and painted vilene applied to a background of tea stained cotton fabric.  Other materials used include oil pastels, Inktense, permanent marker pen and metallic foil.

Inspired by the life and works of Sir Isaac Newton

These are just a few of the other fantastic quilts that will be on show……

Gravitree by Jean Proud (30″ x 40″)

Gravitree detail

The Mind of a Genius by Mary Jackson (30″ x 40″)

Snapshots of Isaac by Joan Plummer (30cm x 40cm)

This next quilt Is called “Wordsearch” and there are thirty words to find, all relating to life of Isaac Newton.  An ingenious way of stopping visitors in their tracks and making them really scrutinise your work!

 

Where does the time go…..

I can’t believe it’s been a month since we started the felting group in Belchford.  Where does the time go…..

Once again we had eight ladies gathered for a felting session.  Val and Karen couldn’t make it this month but we welcomed two new faces, Ann and Sheila.   Sheila brought her current project to work on which is a very handsome needle felted owl…..

Sheila and her owl.

Sheila and her owl.

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Adding feather detail on the back.

Ann began working on a needle felted landscape and I’m loving the colour scheme…..

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Rosie was busy with her beautiful new wool making more vegetables (we’re starting to suspect an obsession here!)…..

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Looking good enough to eat!

Looking good enough to eat!

Olga was working on her sketchbook ideas for new projects…..

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Olga working on ideas in her sketchbook.

Pat was busy with embellisher…..

Pat busy on the embellisher

Pat busy on the embellisher

Janet made a wet felted bowl and then did some more work on the lovely picture she started last session….

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I started another Merino collar which will get finished at home…

Fibres laid out ready for felting.

Fibres laid out ready for felting.

All in all another enjoyable day in Belchford.

 

 

 

The Big Textile Show…..

On Saturday I drove down to Leicester with my friend Rosemary to spent the day at The Big Textile Show.  There were lots of interesting displays from various local textile groups and from individuals.  As usual the trade stands were well worth a visit and we managed to stock up on various things we needed including acid dyes from Adelaide Walker, Lutradur and all sorts of other goodies from Artvango and felting equipment from Alison Linnell.  The bargain of the day had to be the hat block I bought from Alison.  I’ve just signed up to do an online wet felted hat workshop with Teri Berry so this will come in very useful!

There was a lot to inspire and to enjoy, these are just a few of the displays that particularly caught my eye……

The most outstanding piece, for me, was created by the Lutterworth Embroiderers.  It was based on a photograph by David Hunter called Earth on Fire.  With the photographers permission the image was enlarged and cut into 45 postcard sized pieces and distributed to the members.  No one was shown the original image so had no idea of what it was they were working on until all the pieces came together at the end of the project.  Now that is one project I would have loved to have been a part of!  If you only click on one link in this post I suggest it’s the Lutterworth Embroiderers as their work is well worth seeing.

 

Earth on Fire by David Hunter

Earth on Fire by David Hunter


The completed piece by the Lutterworth Embroiderers

The completed piece by the Lutterworth Embroiderers

Other work we enjoyed…….

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Star Book by Gill Green

Gardens at Dene Park…..a ‘Star Book’ by Gill Green

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Another local group I particularly like the work of is Jeudis.  Unfortunately I didn’t make a note of the artists name who made this bark but it was beautifully done.

'Bark'.  A mixed media piece by a member of Jeudis.

‘Bark’. A mixed media piece by a member of Jeudis.


A contemporary quilt by a member of Weedon Bec Creative Textile Group

A contemporary quilt by a member of Weedon Bec Creative Textile Group


Green Man.....needled and wet felted wall plaque.

Green Man…..needled and wet felted wall plaque by Sue Walsh.


Beautiful Felted Gifts by Alison Linnell

Beautiful Felted Gifts by Alison Linnell

Last but not least we met Wendy and Simon from Random Makes who were parked up outside.  Their wonderful vehicle and innovative products were creating a lot of interest throughout the day.

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Random Makes bespoke handmade furnishings and accessories from vintage and modern textiles.