Friday, 29 April 2016
Wednesday, 13 April 2016
Sunday, 10 April 2016
|image of my threads by Charles Saumarez Smith|
If you are reading this you probably share our dismay at the decline of craft skills and the slow dismantling of our arts education. (petition link to stop this)We talked about how important the zen state of mind is when working and how making objects for ourselves connects us to the world around us.Some talked about 'intelligence of touch'and 'thinking with your fingers' whilst others discussed the idea that previous knowledge of sewing can enhance a surgeons initial learning.The mind was a common subject and although some are uncomfortable with talking about an inner self most would agree that the ability to concentrate and mental discipline were a form of 'mind yoga'.
I'm sure that the discussions are still going on and this can only be a good thing.(the first review here) If you would like to join in too there is a public event coming up soon, please see my previous post.
Friday, 1 April 2016
The Craft of Medicine at The Art Workers’ Guild
What do magic and medicine have in common?
How can understanding puppetry skills change how doctors learn?
What skills do a lace-maker and a surgeon share?
( that would be me)
Come and find out as we explore the mastery of skill-learning
in medicine and the arts, and the overlaps between
different craft specialities and healthcare.
Join us for any, or all, of our series of discussion evenings:
Monday 29th of February: Magic & Medicine
Tuesday 22nd of March: Puppetry &Medicine
Tuesday 26th of April: Threads &Medicine
Registration and refreshments from 18.30
Discussion from 19.00 until 21.00 (including a short break)
All events will be at the Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AT
Nearest tube stations Russell Square or Holborn
Places are free but limited, and must be reserved.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, 21 March 2016
I recently taught a stumpwork course at West Dean college aimed at producing very tiny gardens in raised embroidery. For the sample I made my own moss garden and pebbled stream in a perfume box.
This was all worked in french knots,bullion stitch,cup stitch and picots with a little mica. The box measures 7x2x15cm and is covered in linen. I see some possibilities here.......
Friday, 18 March 2016
As previously mentioned I've just exhibited a series of needlelace panels depicting cell change in diabetes. In total there are six circular pieces mounted in an old gramophone record album. Each is worked in a lovely crimson silk from Gloriana.
It was clear from the start that I wouldn't be making a traditional piece of lace so I decided on anarchy as my main technique ! Loose tension in the backround,completely floating cordonnets,some things which don't have names and lots of picots. Each piece took about 7-8 hours from couching through to releasing from the pad. (photo of no.6 on its' way)
Friday, 4 March 2016
you are cordially invited to the opening of an exhibition
Tales of Diabetes
Stories of Teeth
East London Textile Arts
Monday March 14
6 - 9 pm
The Art Workers Guild
6 Queen Square
London WC1N 3AT
Exhibition will be open to the public
Tuesday 15th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th March
10 - 5 pm
I will be showing needlelace inspired by macrocellular photography of beta cell destruction during diabetes!!( it's still not finished!)