Roots, Shoots & Leaves

The busy summer for us continues, with Ross exhibiting in ‘Roots, Shoots & Leaves‘, the new exhibition at the Upstairs Gallery in Berkhamsted, running from the 18th of July to the 5th of August. This the the second exhibition organised by From the Earth (this time in conjunction with the Upstairs Gallery), exploring a wide variety…

New Adventures in Etching

This year has flown by… In my last term at Morley, I’ve spent my time exploring Etching, something completely new to me. Preparing plates is a much longer and more involved process than say, drypoint or collagraph. I spent a good few weeks producing the final plate, repeatedly stopping out different areas for the dips…

Show 2017: The RCA Graduate Exhibition

Yesterday, I headed down to the RCA’s Battersea campus, to catch the second part of this year’s graduate Degree Show. A huge show spread over 4 buildings, I started in the sculpture hall. Unlike the exhibition in Kensington, the departments are loosely combined in the hanging, with Print, Photography, Painting and Sculpture, all shown together….

RCA MA Textiles Show

Degree show season is always an interesting time of year. From the student’s point of view, there is the last minute frenzy of panic and stress, followed by the slight anti-climactic feeling once the show has opened. For the visitor, it is a challenge of spotting future stars and talent without feeling overwhelmed by the…

Poppies (for Henry)

On the 22nd of May, Henry Wilson, the partner of my good friend Andy, was killed by a lorry minutes from his house whilst cycling to get a haircut. Henry was a photographer and textile designer, and such a kind soul. The reason I mention this tragic accident is that one example of his kindness…

Colour From Your Kitchen

It’s Summer… and the Studio 21 artists have an exhibition at the Well House Gallery. The Gallery will be open throughout the weekend and seven artists will be talking about their work throughout the 2 day event. Ross will kick start the weekend on Saturday morning with ‘Colour From Your Kitchen’.  Using common ingredients from an…

Textiles and Botany at the SLBI

This summer’s first Advanced Textile Workshop exhibition is open at the South London Botanical Institute this weekend. The show is made up of works inspired by two of the Institute’s projects ‘Botany on your Plate’ and ‘Plant Recording for All Ages’, and is interspersed throughout the ground floor and gardens. Each artist has responded in uniquely different…

Bouziès to Saint Cirq Lapopie

I am very lucky to have two dear friends, Penny and Annie, who live in the Lot. I try to visit at least once a year, if I can, as I am always made to feel so welcome and it is such a beautiful area of France. Last year I wrote about Scott Thornley’s exhibition of…

The Woods of Cawdor

These finished images are from a walk around the woods of Cawdor Castle with my friend James. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning at the end of March, you can see read and see more images from the whole trip here. The work continue my fascination with trees, woodlands and forests. There is a wonderful constantly changing…

The Archive Project @ The Cello Factory

On Friday, Ross and I headed down to visit The Archive Project at The Cello Factory, in Waterloo. Though the show has now finished, I felt that the work and thinking behind the show was really worth sharing. Conceived in 2016, ‘The Archive Project’ was set up by Poppy Szaybo, Mary Morris, Debbie Lyddon and Denise Jones…

Deborah Colman at Pulse London

Last week I spent the day shooting images for the London designer Deborah Colman. Apart from having a great time (as Debs is lovely company) it was a pleasure to shoot such beautiful designs. ‘Deborah Colman‘s collections of fabric, lighting and wallpapers are all based on her hand-printed designs inspired by the natural world.’ Debs’ designs…

A Good Day

I had a great day in the studio at Morley yesterday with Brian McKenzie. I continued working with cardboard pop-outs from medication packaging, using them to create unique mono-prints. Each set is individually inked, wiped and arranged on the press; some with scored markings, others crumpled up or folded and then flattened out again. The first…