Sunday, 22 October 2017

Sorry it's been a while...

So, a lot has happened since I last blogged..but it's been a long time so I'd be surprised if it hadn't!

The biggest change is that our studios are being relocated around Easter 2018 due to redevelopment of our current buildings. It is very exciting and marks a new era for all involved.

In the meantime, I have Christmas Craft Fairs and 'The Last Show' to prepare for. For more information about 'The Last Show' visit

'The Last Show' is the final show to happen at Commercial Square Studios before our relocation. It will be the weekend of 11th/12th November from 1pm-5pm both days.

I also have some Christmas Fairs lined up (I am hoping to add to this list in the next week or so). My current shows are listed below.

19th November- West Wycombe Christmas Craft Market
25th-26th November- Peterley Manor Farm Christmas Market
9th-10th December Sally Evans Artist and Makers Fair at Bradmoor Farm

Keep an eye on my website for updates (

My work has developed into a more intuitive style of stitch when it come to larger pieces and I have focused more on people and portraits. My flower crown ladies came out of this development and have been produced as necklaces and hoop art, they are set to develop further in the future. I have plans brewing!

Take a look at my Etsy shop for some new products.

I think that's all for now so until next time...(I promise I won't leave it as long!)

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Full of Inspiration

At the beginning of the month I had a productive week in the studio creating not one but two new pieces. 

As promised I began to create a piece based around my recent trip to the Isle of Wight. My main source of inspiration was a crab I found on a beach while liking for shells and pebbles. I combined a stitched interpretation of 'Isla' (the crab) with maps, photographs, a quote and more stitch to create a collage of the Isle of Wight. 

The second piece I started was based around a fabric pack I bought back in September. It is a series called 'Nocturne' by Janet Clare for Moda and, as the name suggests, has a predominant navy blue colour as a base. I wanted to contrast the dark blue with bright greens, blues and purples, so a dragonfly struck me as the best insect to represent this idea. 

I now have more work in progress than ever before, I need to concentrate on finishing some of it for an upcoming exhibition. As always, I'll keep you updated with progress. 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Further Development

Last weekend I was in the studio further developing my most recent pieces of work, the ones I spoke about in my last post. 

I have been playing around with some new (to me!) processes. I have included some of my original photographs by printing them onto fabric through my home printer. I was very intrigued to see how they would turn out and how they would incorporate into my work. Overall I am pleased with the outcomes. 

I have extended the photograph with my stitch to blend it into the background. The piece as a whole still needs more work and is not yet finished, but I am pleased with the direction it is heading. 

I have been more subtle with my stitch in this second piece. Again I have extended the photograph with my stitch, but it is far more spread out and new shapes have emerged from its growth. This piece also still need work, it doesn't feel quite finished to me yet. 

I will sit and look at these works in progress for a while and work out what they 'need' to be finished. Meanwhile, I have an idea which is evolving from my recent Isle of Wight trip. As usual, I will keep you posted. 

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

New Year, New Focus

Over the last couple of months the focus of my work has changed. I have been honing my freehand machine embroidery skills to create more 'drawn' stitch pieces. 

I have also become very concerned with the reuse and recycling of fabric and other ephemera. This has resulted in me becoming very thrifty with fabric scraps. I have patch worked them together to create my canvas before embroidering on top. I am pleased with the current results, but they are still works in progress. 

I dyed some of the fabric myself using natural rusting techniques. This is something else I am looking at doing more of, natural dyes and processes. 

I have also incorporated quotes into my work. This is something I have been hoping to do for a while. I have a keen interest in poetry and I wanted to include something inspirational in my work. I look forward to seeing how they evolve. 

My final focus is to update my blog more often. I look forward to keeping you informed of my work in progress. 

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Adventures and Experiments

Recently I've been experimenting with lots of new materials as well as honing my freehand machine embroidery skills. 

I've always had a thing for seedheads and the shapes and silhouettes they create. I finally started creating work using them as inspiration in May. I then took a break from the work due to various craft fairs, but have recently just got back into experimenting again. 

The work above is called Umbels and is one of the first pieces I created. I started by using a Thermofax print for the colour printed background and then used a bold black thread for the seedheads. I really enjoyed sewing the seedheads as it truly was drawing with my sewing machine. From their I developed the background and created more layers; experimenting with new materials, paints and dyes. Below are the results. 

The three pieces above are on display inf Square Umbrella Gallery, opening this Saturday (24th October), along with 2 more of my works and a whole host of works by other artists. Square Umbrella Gallery is a new venture I have entered into with other artists from my studio group at Commercial Square Studios. See the website for more details, 

My most recent work is a further development again from my previous seedhead pieces. I have made the scale larger and used different materials in the background to create alternative textures. It is still a work in progress but here are a few pictures. 

I am looking forward to getting back to stitching this piece and can't wait to see how it turns out. I will obviously keep you updated. 

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Towersey Festival 2015- The Craft Fair

A week ago I returned from a very successful Towersey Festival where I had a stall in the craft fair. This was my first experience of having a stall for longer than a day, I had an absolutely fabulous time and have learnt a lot from it.

Towersey is a 4 day music festival set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. I have been attending the festival for a long time and so I am familiar with the way it works. This in part was a reason I chose it to break my 'weekend stall virginity'.  I have thought about having a stall in the craft fair for the last few years and this year I took the plunge.

Me manning my stall. Photo courtesy of Corrie Berry of Plutonium Muffins. My wonderful craft fair neighbour. 

I enjoyed spending my day in the midst of the festival, chatting to the campers as they walked around enjoying the music, soaking up the atmosphere and sampling the wide selection of ales.

I will definitely consider doing more weekend craft fairs in the future as a result of my experience at Towersey. I enjoyed talking to and getting to know the other traders. They are wonderful crafters and inspirational business people, who gave great advice and it was nice to have other crafters to bounce ideas off of. Many of them had been around the festival circuit and this is something I may look into for next year. I will definitely consider doing more craft fairs over Christmas and into 2016 as a way of continuing to expand the business since opening my Etsy shop in April.

Since returning from Towersey I have added my hoop art and brooches to my Etsy shop and looking to add prints of my work in the future. You can visit my Etsy shop here and keep up to date with my progress by visiting my Facebook page here.

I'm hoping to return again next year. Until then I will keep you posted.


Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Time to reflect

I have recently returned to life drawing for the first time in a long while. It has now become a regular class I attend roughly every 5 weeks. Returning to the discipline has made me realise how much I miss some of the materials I used to use a lot.

While at university I did a lot of drawing so attending the class is a sort of reunion for me with something I used to be very familiar with. 

It didn't take long for me to get back into a rhythm, although I still have off days like any artist does. Not only have I got back into my drawing but I have started to embrace new materials and even started painting, however this is still a technique in progress!

It is also a lovely opportunity to interact with other artists, view their work and talk about ideas. Although I am part of a studio group, I find we can all be ships passing in the night what with all our commitments elsewhere. Spending a whole day drawing is such a brilliant way to spend a day (although totally knackering!)

The human form is a beautiful thing and no two are the same. I enjoy drawing the curves of the body and experimenting with different materials. 
I shall keep you updated with the painting progress.