Sunday, 2 June 2019

An Expanded View of Drawing

At the start of 2018 I was invited to take part in 'An Expanded View of Drawing ' at the
The Riverfront Art Gallery, part of the big events and gallery complex in Newport in March 2018.

I was kind of reluctant but received several requests from the curator to show drawings, so eventually I agreed.  The drawings proposed were one or two from the 'Hybrids' series I had made some time ago, the work can be viewed on my website below:-

This is the piece that was finally chosen to be exhibitied. I had packed the work very carefully giving full instructions on how it should be hung, as the shadows cast by the piece is important factor. I checked the work very assiduously even reinforcing the most delicate parts on the reverse.

 At some point during the exhibition or as the work was being taken down it was damaged, in fact torn, in seven places. The yellow paper shows the torn places in the work.

I had collected the work in person from the gallery, it was already boxed up and was passed to me by the curator who said she was responsible for taking down the exhibition. I didn't look at the work until I opened the box some time later. Naturally, I was upset to see the damage.

I contacted the curator and the organiser, both of whom said they were sorry but knew nothing about it. I asked who took the exhibition down and was told it was a technician. I was then told the technician also knew nothing about the damage and the organiser stood behind the technician 100% and had implacable trust in them.

So the three people who handled my work and were responsible for the care of my work denied any knowledge of the damage. They were able to back up each others stories. So, there was absolutely nothing I could do about my work being trashed. The irony is...the organiser bemoaned the 'lack of professionalism' in the arts sector in Wales. Well, I've heard some hypocritical bullshit in my time but that took the biscuit.

Google it, if you want to find out who these people are. If you are an artist, I recommend you steer well clear of these individuals.

Saturday, 12 March 2016

I feel a blog challenge coming on!

I've been thinking since the start of 2016 about blog challenges. I really love the idea of daily drawing challenges and there are some amazing people on Pinterest posting every day on 365 or 30 day challenges. Wow, what a great idea but one I baulk at, just on the basis I'm too disorganised. A jewellery tutor of mine did a daily challenge of making simple 3D drawings, they ended up being exhibitied together with her jewellery and it all made perfect sense.

So, it's taken me two and half months to work out a challenge that I can do and one that it not so demanding I end up throwing the towel in. Mine is a leisurely paced (and encorporating a late start!), monthy challenge with the express aim of using the vessels I have collected from various charity shops over the years. As the photo shows, they are a motley crew. I would like also to have a technical side to the challenge too. My sketchbooks are full of ideas that never see the light of day and they often have a technical element that blocks me from following through.

The first one will be around creating a gradient by dyeing the crochet cotton. It will involve measuring and estimating the length of thread per row and then carfeully graduating density of colour. You can see why I've not got round to that particular task ;) Do stick around and see how it works out!

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Stunning feature on mould

I'm delighted to be included in a wonderful article on mould and art in the prestigious 'The creators project', a fascinating blog hosted by Vice magazine.  It's great to be presented as an artist rather than crafter and to be in such illustrious company as Daniele Del Nero and Antoine Bridier-Nahmias, I was admiring Antoine's work just last week! here's a link to the blog article >>

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

New year - new skills

Happy new year to everyone! I've promised myself this year I would make tentative steps towards trying out natural dyeing techniques. I've had a book on lichen dyes for a while and am lucky enough to have family living near woodland which hosts some impressive lichens. My first consideration was 'ethical' collecting, a new concept, and as yet (with the lichen pictured above) I have gathered just what has fallen onto pathways and verges.

Serendipitously, I have just discovered Bristol is creating it's own Natural dye garden, how wonderful is that! here is a link to their page >> . I have grabbed a spot on the 'Shibori dyeing with local natural dyes' course, with Flora Arbuthnot, which I am really looking forward to.

Very best of luck with all new ventures and adventures in the coming year!!

Monday, 14 December 2015

Another beautiful mould!

Thursday, 3 December 2015

Blue textile moth

After a productive year on Etsy, my shop will be going on the back burner for a month or three. My aim is to sell as much as possible before getting the mothballs out. Consequently, I have reduced all prices considerably.
Please check out my Winter sale, if you have any questions or want to reserve items, just get in touch :)

Please note my Xmas shipping deadlines :-  Canada and USA - 7th December / Europe - 12th December / UK - 15th December.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

New mouldy madness brooches

 Two new, small sized, multi-coloured mouldy madness brooches.

Sunday, 11 October 2015


Superb mould on natural yogurt. Yum!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Observer weekend magazine

Look out for my crochet mould in the Observer weekend magazine on Sunday 11th October. Hopefully pics will be up on their website a few days later :)