Fourth Week – Experimental Brushes and an Indigo Taster

Week 4 of our ‘Open September’, and the garden is thriving – the madder is loving its new more spacious container and the weld finally looks like its alive and willing to take part in this project! The woad is doing well in the troughs and fortunately whatever was picnicking on it has moved on….

Third Week – White Linen, Indigo and a Birthday

Week three and we have been dyeing in the garden, even if it was just reviving an old indigo vat, which due to circumstance has lain idle this year. The impromptu garden set up with Cat worked a treat. It’s always a little daunting when planning a ‘play date’ as you never know what your…

Second Week – Open Studio and Garden

Our first full week (well Thursday to Sunday) of being open to the public has been a great success, with a stream of neighbours and inquisitive locals plus friends and colleagues from further afield coming to visit us. It has been quite a challenge to get the studio organised so that visitors can safely enter…

Restrictions – (Un)woven Reflections on Lockdown

This weekend at CraftCentral is a wonderful show, Restrictions exhibiting work created during lockdown by an international collection of artists. ‘Restrictions, unraveling and the re-creation of new structures in contemporary textiles are the themes of this black and white exhibition.’  This is an independent exhibition organised by `Freeweaver Studio `London and is the first in…

Journey Revisited

In working out the schedule of events to coincide with the opening of ‘Balcony Life: A Nomadic Dye Garden’, we decided to revisit ‘Journey’ as one of the first exhibits in the garden. We laid out the fabric to access what remained after two years in storage, and the fact that a third of the…

Highlights from the Festival of Quilts

This was out first visit to the Festival of Quilts and much like the Knitting and Stitching Show, it is vast. As well as the hundreds of independent stalls selling their wares (everything a quilter or textile artist could need, and much more besides), there is an area set aside for Galleries and exhibiting artists….

‘Natural Selection’ – A Taster

Tomorrow we will be setting off at an ungodly hour and heading for the National Exhibition Centre to deliver Ross’ work for ‘Natural Selection‘, an exhibition of nine artists whose work is based in a sense of place and who use found, recycled and re-purposed objects as their resources. ‘Natural Selection features nine artists from…

Studio 21: Colour Notes

Studio 21’s current exhibition ‘Colour Notes’, celebrates the group’s 21st anniversary  and explores how each artist expresses and interprets their own response to colour through narratives and memories. Launched at the Knitting and Stitching Exhibition in October 2018 (where the majority of these shots were taken) to great acclaim, Colour Notes comprises a broad range…

Anni Albers at Tate Modern

It is fair to say that history has not been kind to women involved in 20th Century art and design. Architects and designers such as Eileen Gray are now lauded as pioneers and yet the first time her name was mentioned on the radio was announcing her death. The women who were involved in the…

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,…

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…