Nature’s Palette Winter Course

I can’t believe that we haven’t had a chance to blog anything in September. We’ve been busy delivering our Botanical Inks & Homemade Brushes and Mark Making Artbook workshops at CassArt in Islington and started delivering our first natural dyeing course ‘Nature’s Palette’ at Stepney City Farm. There wasn’t a day in the month when…

Looking Forward – The Serpent Eats Its Tail

If you are in Berlin in September, then visit Ludwig, a neighbourhood pub that first opened in 1909 which now also encompasses an exhibition and art space. It should be worth your while. ‘The Serpent Eats Its Tail‘ is the first solo show of the artist Russell James Redwood Harris. Examining ‘primordial transformations and the…

From Garbo to Gaga – the art of Alaïa

I haven’t visited the Design Museum since they moved to the old Commonwealth Institute at the far end of Kensington High Street. I loved the Butler’s Wharf building. I’d seen many shows there over the years as I lived down the road from it for 6 months, sleeping on a friend’s floor when I first…

Looking forward – Summer Tasters at the Stepney City Farm

It’s been a busy couple of week since our last post. We have run our first Mark Making workshops at CassArt Islington. The first part looks at making natural Botanical Inks and homemade Brushes from recycled materials and the second continues the mark making and then looks at techniques such as paper folding and coptic…

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…