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Contemporary Textiles fair 2020…..showing new embroidery kit

On the 21st and 22nd of March I will be exhibiting at this years Contemporary Textiles Fair which takes place at the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington, SW London. Well, I hope I will be…..please check that the fair is taking place before you venture out as the dreaded Corona virus is making it’s mark as we speak! But fingers crossed I will be there……and hopefully lots of visitors too!!

I am also pleased to be taking a new embroidery kit that I have developed, my second kit. I have had lots of fun choosing the colours and stitching it up. Like the last kit the stitch mainly used is satin stitch, with a few French knots. I have so loved making these kits, and also seeing the enthusiasm for them from buyers, that it is definitely something that I am going to concentrate on for a while….I’m really excited about the embroidery aspect of my work at the moment!

The embroidery is the one pictured above 🙂

So I might see you at the textile fair….I may not, but please do look out for my kits when they appear on my website. It may take a while, as I need advise as to how to do that, but in the mean time do not hesitate to contact me via phone or email if you would like one of my kits.

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Tactile Fusion

I am currently exhibiting at an exciting exhibition called Tactile Fusion at The Heseltine Gallery in Middleton Cheney near Banbury. I am a bit late in posting this as it has already opened, but it does continue up to the 12th February, so there is plenty of time left to visit. A plus side to the fact I’m a bit late with posting this is that I have now been to the preview so that I can let you know, first hand, what a great exhibition it is. There is a real mix of disciplines, lots of embroidery (always a good thing in my book!), some ceramics, but mostly textiles. Some really contemporary pieces too. I have some of my embroidered cushions in the gallery, and I will be stewarding and demonstrating (showing art work, talking about processes, and doing some machine embroidery) on Sunday 26th Jan. Well worth a visit if you enjoy your textiles!

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The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

I am currently getting ready for this years Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair (bit of a mouthful I know!) in Manchester. I will be exhibiting my usual wares…..cushions, embroidered cushions, notebooks, cards, my one and only embroidery kit (looking forward this winter to getting more of those designed!) and I will also be taking a pile of my fabric samples along, to entice buyers who may have curtains, blinds etc to make to think about my designs for the purpose. Last month I had a couple of fantastic orders from customers who wanted my fabric for curtains, and I’d love a bit more of that!! 🙂

So the fair starts on Friday 11th October, and lasts until the 13th and I am stand 70. Please pop by…..

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Some dates for your diary

I have decided this year to make fairs more of a priority, and so with this in mind I have booked myself (and been excepted!) into 6 events this year. So here are the details:

27th – 30th June Handmade in Oxford, which is being held at the beautiful Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire.

22nd – 27th July The English Coral Experience exhibition held at Dore Abbey, Herefordshire.

17th August American Museum in Bath’s Textile Fair.

7th – 15th September h.Art; Herefordshire Art Week. I will we displaying my textiles at No 18 The Basement, Ross- on -Wye along with two weavers, Gaby Devitt and Rhian Wyman Design.

10th – 13th October Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Manchester.

16th – 17th November Compton Verney’s Textile Fair, Warwickshire.

I will give you more details as each fair gets nearer……and the first one is approaching very quickly! Here is some more information about the event:

Handmade Oxford – The International Contemporary Arts Festival

This summer join thousands of art lovers at Handmade Oxford and celebrate art, craft, design, sculpture, artisan food and more at Handmade Oxford, at Waterperry Gardens, from 27th to 30th June 2019.

Handmade Oxford partners with the Ashmolean Museum and Waterperry Gardens, previously the home of internationally renowned Art in Action (1977-2016).

Please do come along! 🙂

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What I’ve been getting up to!

So I see that it has been a while since I posted an update, in fact I was heading off to the Textile Fair at Compton Verney last time I wrote. It was a great fair….so busy! So busy in fact they were turning people away! Since then I have been to Top Drawer trade fair at Olympia. This fair wasn’t quite so good for me (and others!)….by hey, you win some, you loose some 🙂

But right now I am getting very excited about embroidery. I have been adding stitches to my own fabrics ( see above) with a view to possible embroidery kits, and I would like to get my digital embroidery machine out again and go to town with some embroidery on cushions…..heavy, colourful embroidery, one offs!

So look out later in the year for more fabrics and more embroidery….it certainly has been a creative start to the year!

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Compton Verney Textile Fair 2018

Here is the magnificent Compton Verney art gallery in Warwickshire, and on the 17th November Compton Verney is hosting it’s annual Textile Fair. It will be my third time exhibiting there…….I’ll just keep coming back because it is a fantastic event and always so well supported. I am in the main hall so please do come and have a look, not only at my own textiles but the array of other textile related goodies!

17th November, 10.30am – 5.00pm

While I am here I will just include a picture that was kindly added to the ‘Artisan Gifts’ section of the latest edition of Period Living (December). I love this photo….it was taken in my mothers hall by Kasia Fiszer, and placed in the magazine by their style editor, Pippa Blenkinsop. Wonderful to be mentioned!

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Country Homes and Interiors

I was delighted to find my way into a superb photoshoot in September’s addition of Country Homes and Interiors. I love the styling of the shoot as well as it’s beautiful late summer colour pallet. My ‘Floral Posy Light’ fabric looks wonderful as the curtain fabric, and cushions, a scarf and a notebook make it into the shoot too. And as if that wasn’t enough, I found my ‘Floral Posy Light’ design as the backdrop to the Editor’s Letter at the from of the magazine! That was the icing on the cake! Thanks Country Homes and Interiors, very much appreciated 🙂

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Recent photo shoot

Recently I was offered the chance to have styled photos taken of my textiles, and I jumped at the chance! The photos were styled by Pippa Blenkinsop, of Period Living magazine fame, and beautifully photographed by Kasia Fiszer, who freelances as an interiors photographer. I am very happy with the outcome, and have uploaded a great selection of them onto my gallery. Here are a few of my favourites:

So a big thank you to Pippa and Kasia for that! I was also delighted that my ‘Floral Bouquet Dark’ cushion made it into the August edition of Country Living magazine, in their Emporium section. It has lead to a few sales of said cushion so it’s a pleasing result!

Ps Pippa and Kasia are available to hire, and they are very good 🙂

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Magpie Pop Up Gallery

I am excited to be exhibiting at the next Magpie pop up exhibition that runs from the 14th – 17th June in Farnham, Surrey….and as the ‘about’ section on Magpie’s website explains what Magpie is all about so effectively I have added it here for you to get a taster……

‘Magpie is a pop-up gallery, curating original and contemporary art, craft and design, by new and established artists that is both covetable and affordable. Exhibitions are held just two or three times a year, ensuring that each collection is a fresh and exciting showcase of paintings, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, jewellery, wood, leather, mosaics and glass. The gallery space is a light-filled, modern home and art work is exhibited in a way that is beautiful and inviting; encouraging visitors to imagine how a piece might look in their own home.
Magpie is run by Nina Jex who – like the magpie in folklore – has an eye for spotting desirable pieces. Nina comes from an artistic family and has always had a passion for visiting galleries and open studios; collecting things that are handmade, unusual and have a story to tell; and displaying them in ways that enhance their aesthetic beauty. Nina is a firm believer that art is not a luxury, but that having beautiful paintings and objects in your surroundings will elevate your everyday life.
Whether you are an experienced art-collector; someone looking for a painting or sculpture to complete your house or garden; would like to buy a piece of jewellery for a special present; or perhaps a handmade mug or bowl for yourself, do come to Magpie’s next exhibition and see what treasures take your eye!’

Well, I hope that that has wetted your appetite…please do come and have a look at the exhibition, and check out the Magpie website for more information. Looks like it’s going to be a good one! 🙂

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British Craft Trade Fair

I am excited to be exhibiting at the British Craft trade Fair this year for the first time. It is held at The Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, Yorkshire, and the fair takes place from the 8th April until the 10th April.
The fair has been running for an astonishing 43 years! It showcases Britsh and Irish craft workers and shuns the mass market end of retail. It is however strictly trade only.
My stand number is P367 and I am exhibiting at the Post-Newcomers section.