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…

Another View – Prism at the RBSA

This year, for the first time, the international textile exhibiting group PRISM are presenting their annual show in two locations, Birmingham and London. The first part is currently on show at the prestigious RBSA Gallery, and the second part of the exhibition will be showing at the Hoxton Arches in October. ‘Another View’ presents opportunities to explore…

Scotland and Medication

We are now halfway through our two week break from college, and I’ve finally had a bit of time to process the images of the rest of my work from last term. Scotland and Medication were the starting points behind these two sets of prints. This is the first time I have explored the monoprinting process,…

Looking Forward – PRISM at the RBSA

In 2017, PRISM will be showing their new exhibition ‘Another View’ in two venues – at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists in the May and again at Hoxton Arches in the October. Although using the same title, a different selection of work will be on show at each venue. This is the first time PRISM have exhibited…

Select Festival 2017

This year, Stroud International Textiles have introduced an open call competition to create ‘original creative head adornment’ as part of the Select Festival. The selected and winning works will be exhibited in a Shop window trail through the town centre. The SitSelect festival is also pleased to feature the launch of DIS/rupt, the Textile Study Group‘s new exhibition project, which…