The London Mastaba: Christo at the Serpentine

The Serpentine Gallery has become synonymous with treating us to a new Summer Pavilion every year. The year, the structure has been designed by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo and has been created from stacks of concrete roof-tiles. Stylish and austere in the official photographs (but now full of folding chairs and coffee machines) and with…

Natural Dyeing at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

This year, I was lucky enough to be accepted on the first Jenny Dean natural dyeing course at the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. The Museum itself houses a collection consisting of the work of artists and craftspeople who were based in the village, including calligrapher Edward Johnston (responsible for the typeface used by…

I remember…

It’s 25 years since my first Pride (LGB as it was then… QUEER as it should be now) and so much has changed – charging for entry, corporate sponsorship everywhere, a neutrering of political ambitions, the lack of reference to any form of sexuality in the title… Pride should be a call to arms for…

Looking Forward: Mark Making and Art Books

I felt really inspired after the workshop on Thursday. Our Natural Inks and Experimental Brushes workshop was very well received as was Ross’ talk about his work. We had wonderful feedback from the workshop attendees, audience and the No Serial Number crew (thanks again Francesca and Alessandra). If you’re interested, you can buy the Summer…

No Serial Number

Launching next week is the summer issue of No Serial Number magazine, featuring a six page feature on Ross and his artistic practice. In the interview he discusses his textile journey, starting with Creative and Experimental Textiles, an evening course run by Debby Brown at Morley College, to where he is today. One of his key…

Looking forward – In Bloom

This summer the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted will be filled flowers. Their summer show ‘In Bloom’, is a floral festival with artists contributing a whole host of works. The Gallery says the show will be ‘a joyous celebration of summer with flowers in all their glory and created in all sorts of ways – paint,…

Anke de Bruijn

During my trip to the Lot, Annie asked if I would shoot a few portraits of her friend Anke de Bruijn. I hadn’t met Anke on my previous visits but I had heard all about her. A talented choirmaster, Anke currently runs two choirs based in the area. Ensemble Vocal Gaia is an international vocal group of…

Musée Soulages

I think it is rare to be so surprised by a regional gallery or museum, yet that is exactly what has happened to me on my visit to my friends Penny and Annie, who live in Southwest France. I knew the work of Pierre Soulages from a catalogue Ross has of his work, but to…

Looking forward – Transient

transient | ˈtranzɪənt | adjective lasting only for a short time; impermanent. • staying or working in a place for a short time only: the transient nature of the migrant labour. Opening on the 30th of May, PRISM, the international exhibiting group, will be returning to the Hoxton Arches with their new exhibition ‘Transient’. Each artist has…

WIP The Hermitage

A weekend celebration for my Dad’s 80th birthday at the Dunkeld House Hotel in Perthshire gave me the perfect opportunity to continue my ongoing project trying to capture the atmosphere of the forest. My tree fascination (am I a hugger?) was fed with a walk on both sides of the river Tay, north of the…

Fashioned From Nature

Fashioned from Nature, the V&A’s new show is a comprehensive look at the influence nature has had on fashion and the impact that fashion in turn has on the environment. Awareness of the detrimental effects modern life is having on the planet has increased significantly over the past few decades and this exhibition doesn’t shy…

Viewpoints – A series of artistic conversations

On Wednesday, Ross and I ventured down to the Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road to see our friend, Consuela Simpson who has work in the new show ‘Viewpoints’. A curated collection of photographs & artworks by six photographers and six artists, the show is the latest from the Rooftop Collective and pairs members with…