2014

February has sneaked up on me and already so much has happened. A new year and new beginnings for me – a new baby, hosting an art club, a new collaboration and new work for spring and summer studio trails.

Art Club

I have taken on hosting Jelly Tots at Jelly HQ in the Market Place in Reading. Originally set up by Ella, Jelly Tots is an art club for pre-schoolers. We meet each Wednesday from 10.30am to 11.30am and each week has a different arty crafty theme. So far we’ve made birds, name mobiles, Chinese Dragons and musical shakers. No artist too young. Jelly tots is a perfect place for ‘tot’ and accompanying ‘big person’ to collaborate on a arty masterpiece. ‘Tots’ go crazy with paint, glitter, tissue paper and glue and the accompanying ‘big person’ helps with the fiddly bits. I’m enjoying the class so much. It’s great to see the little ones having fun and being creative.mosaic497fcfae8a18c69bfddf134ef158467286f959bb

For more info on Jelly and workshops please visit here: Jelly website or sign up to the Jelly Tots facebook page and keep up to date with the weekly arty activities – Jelly Tots facebook page

Caversham Arts Trail

I shall be exhibiting my work again this year at on the Caversham Arts Trail at Lou Jessop’s house. Dates of this years open studio days are: 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th May 2014. More info on this will be posted here nearer the time.

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Whiteknights Studio Trail

I am also exhibiting on the Whiteknights Studio Trail again – 14th and 15th June but this year I am at a different venue. I will be at Sue Clarke’s house. If you have seen my work at Origin, Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Selvedge or Bovey Tracey Contemporary Craft Fair may have met Sue before as she always joins me on shows. She is a very dear friend and very talented artist and I am excited to be joining her this year for Whiteknights. We are working on a collaborative project this year. It will combine Sue’s love of tiny things and my love colour and will be revealed over the WST weekend.

New mum

Kath has been keeping me busy and introduced me to the world of kids clothes. Before she was born I started knitting garments for her but now she is here and her little personality is starting to shine I just cannot seems to knit quick enough to match the speed she is growing. I’ve got so many ideas and stitches and projects I want to try out. A blog of our knitting adventures and projects is in the making and as soon as it’s done I’ll post the like here.

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Christmas Sale on Broad St, Reading 14th and 15th Dec

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Alabama Whirly and I will be exhibiting our work together on Broad Street, Reading in a Chalet style ski hut (AKA a nice posh shed!) on Saturday 14th December 10am to 6pm and Sunday 15th December 10am to 5pm. We will be down the Marks and Spencers, Sainsburys, entrance to the Oracle end of Broad Street so come and find us and say hello.

On sale will be knitted scarves, handwarmers, cushions and a few new Christmas theme goodies.

For more info on the event click here.

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In other news….I have been chosen as a Texprint mentor and I have been partnered with knitted textile designer and new graduate Gillian Murphy. Go check out her work – she is one to watch – Gillian’s Website

And….I’ve also been really busy making – not so much knitting but making humans this time. Katherine arrived in September. It’s been fun knitting things for her so expect kiddy sized knits appearing soon no doubt.

Art Exhibition with ‘Reading Between the Lines’ Production of Romeo and Juliet

Work in Progress for the Art Exhibition at the Minster Reading

Work in Progress for the Art Exhibition at the Minster Reading

I was invited by the lovely people at ‘Reading Between the Lines’ to create a piece of knitting for an art exhibition to run alongside their production of Romeo and Juliet. The art exhibition opens tomorrow 12th September at 7.30pm and will run until 28th September. The exhibition will feature the work of Reading artists such as Lou Jessop and Salvo Toscano More info about the production and tickets can be found here: – www.readingbetweenthelines.co.uk

My submission for the exhibition is titled ‘Star Crossed Lovers’. The patterns are inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It is hand knitted with wool from Shetland and I have taken inspiration from traditional fair isle patterns such as a star and cross and love hearts. It’s been a great project to be a part of and I have enjoyed making it.

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Where to find us in 2013

You can find us this year at the following events:

MAY

Coming up first in MAY is the Caversham Arts Trail – 11th – 12th May and 17th to 19th May.

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I am exhibiting at Lou Jessop’s house – 4 Hemdean Rise, Caversham. Lou is a wonderful colourful creative textile artist and fantastic cake baker. Other makers exhibiting at the same venue are:

Brenda Graham – I am so pleased to be exhibiting alongside Brenda as she was my art teacher at secondary school. I used to love those lessons and still have a piece of work that made in her class. Website here

Jan Lewis – Illustrations, cards, prints and sculptures

Su Macpherson – Willow weaving and sculpturing – Website here

Marc Juon – Handmade Jewellery – Website here

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Lots of art to see and creative workshops to take part in are happening all over Caversham over these two weekends in May. See flyer and website for more info on other exhibitors.

JUNE

The Contemporary Craft Festival at Bovey Tracey – Devon 7th to 9th June.

Whiteknights Studio Trail 15th and 16th June.

More info of the June events to follow nearer the time!

Come and visit us at Selvedge Winter Fair Sat 10th November – THIS WEEKEND 10 am to 4 pm

We are exhibiting at the Selvedge Winter Fair this weekend 10th November at Chelsea Old Town Hall from 10am to 4pm. My lovely friend Sue will be there to help out as my glamourous and crafty assistant so please pop by and say hello.

This is what Selvedge says about the fair:

After three successful years the Selvedge Fair has outgrown its North London venue. Much as we loved its old school charm, this year we are swapping ‘the church hall next door’ for the beautiful Chelsea Old Town Hall. Our new central location offers the convenience of easy transport links and a host of textile related venues to visit, including the V&A Museum, making this the ideal opportunity for a weekend in London.

The Selvedge Winter Fair will retain its friendly atmosphere but offer visitors 100 stands with a carefully curated mix of antique textiles, talented designer makers and beautiful haberdashery. Exhibitors include Selvedge’s long standing favourites Julie Arkell, Tamara Fogel, Abigail Brown, Maiko Dawson and Åsa Pärson Textiles from Sweden. We are also delighted to introduce – new to the Selvedge Fair – The Marston House from Maine, USA, John Gillow and Jane Sacchi Antique Linens.

Whether searching for gifts, decorations and accessories – or the materials to make their own – visitors will be able to begin, and possibly complete, their Christmas preparations at the SelvedgeWinter Fair.

Winter Fair, Saturday 10November 2012 at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London, SW3 5EE. Open to the public from10am-4pm. Entrance £5.