a fruitful year

It’s been a really great year for me and I thought I would share a few highlights with you all by way of saying thanks for all your support.

Early in the year I was quietly putting the finishing touches to my book, which at the time was top secret so I could share. But working with photographer Michael Wicks and the team from Batsford was fascinating, if a little stressful working to tight deadlines.

I also visited the National Centre for Craft & Design in Sleaford, to hang The Sampling Project in the touring exhibition Ctrl/Shift.

In February I spent some time with my dear friend, portrait and lifestyle photographer Carolyn Mendelsohn. She took some wonderful photos of me in the studio and on location, which was a lot of fun.

April saw me making a return trip to Australia to teach with FibreArts Australia in Toowoomba and Ballarat. It was great to catch up with friends and meet lots of new people from all over the world. I was also fortunate to see some wonderful art in Brisbane and Melbourne before travelling.

I spent late spring and early summer working on a large installation [De]Constructed Cloth for the 62 Group exhibition Construct. This exhibition was a special one for me because Sunny Bank Mill gallery is very close to where I live, so I really was over the moon when my work was selected for the exhibition in July. It also gave me the opportunity to teach a couple of workshops at the mill during the summer.

2019 was a great year for collaborating with friends and I was pleased to have my friend Darren at Do Creative help me with some branding and logo design (as seen here on my website).

In August, and after a long wait, my book Poetic Cloth was published by Batsford. I’ve since had such lovely feedback about it. Thank you everyone.

September saw my book launch at Sunny Bank Mill, followed by workshops and book signings at Salts Mill and the Knitting & Stitching Show, London and later in Harrogate. I also had a lovely article about my work by June Hill published in Embroidery magazine.

During the autumn I was engrossed in a project with Claire Wellesley-Smith, called Mr Gatty’s Experiment Shed. The project, part of The British Textile Biennial, was a reimagining of an experimental dye chemists workshop. I had a lot of fun exploring print processes with madder dye.

In December I visited 20-21 Visual Arts in Scunthorpe, the final location for the 62 Group’s major exhibition Ctrl/Shift, to hang my work. The exhibition continues there until 29th February 2020.

What a year it’s been! I wonder what 2020 has in store?

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