Friday, 29 April 2016

The Craft of Medicine

Another event ! I shall be demonstrating and talking with the public at an all day free event at the
Wellcome collection on Saturday May 14th

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

more thinking hands

...........a short film by J.P.Flintoff about the event on Saturday.( I appear towards the end)

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Thinking with your hands

image of my threads by Charles Saumarez Smith
  Yesterday I took part in an event at the Art Workers' Guild in London which focused on the 'reciprocal illumination' that can be had between skilled craftspeople and surgeons.It was a big event as all the invited guests were from major institutions or studios either from the arts ,science and education. We demonstrated our work and compared how it is that we work in such a similar way and yet on very different things.Discussions were held between ourselves and those we had invited  so that we could all share and get an understanding of how important hand skills are to humans and our society.
    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

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

Monday, 21 March 2016

Moss garden

   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

Diabetic lace...done !

5.Normal ER

   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)

1.Normal mitochondria

2.Mitochondrial destruction

3.Normal insulin containing granules

4.Electron dense glycogen particles

Friday, 4 March 2016

Diabetic lace

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!)


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