Work in Progress

Curves

Barbara Hepworth’s magnificent sculpture garden in St Ives is one of my favourite places to spend a few hours, especially out of season.

I have just returned to a project called Curves that I started last year, inspired by the garden. There will be nine panels altogether - here is a preview of the work in progress so far …

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Work in Progress - Curves - detail showing texture

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Varnishing Day – RA Summer Exhibition 2019

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This year is the 251st Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition.  There were over 16,000 entries – a record number of applicants.

It was Varnishing Day on Friday, 31 May. This is the day, traditionally, that artists put the finishing touches to their work before the exhibition opened to the public. 

Now it’s a joyous celebration starting with the gathering of exhibitors in the courtyard, accompanied by a fabulous and very enthusiastic steel band.  The courtyard was filled with towering and imposing Thomas Houseago sculptures as a welcome party.

The procession to St James’s church with a special service followed, then back to the RA to see the artwork hung for the first time. 

There was a buzz of excitement as artists scanned the walls to find their work. 

Shortlisted for RA Summer Exhibition 2019

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I’m absolutely delighted to have 2 pieces of work shortlisted for the RA Summer Exhibition – ‘Self Portrait’ and ‘Dots’.

They are now on their way to London for the next stage of the selection process, being presented to the panel of judges.

Black Swan Guild Exhibition

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As a founding member of the newly formed Black Swan Guild, I will be exhibiting alongside the other founding members at the Round Tower from 4-25 May – further details are listed in the poster.

Fearless Colour

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The next exhibition will be at the Salthouse Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall where I will be exhibiting alongside the very talented weaver, Angie Parker.

It will be a celebration of colour and textiles entitled ‘Fearless Colour’ contemporary textile art.

Hope to see you there!

‘Extremely Textiles’ Exhibition - Black Swan Arts, Frome

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Seven members of seam (Kate Bond, Julie Heaton, Desiree Goodall, Angie Parker, Linda Row, Joy Merron and Gill Hewitt) are exhibiting at ‘Extremely Textiles’, Black Swan Arts in Frome, along with two other local artists, Julia Penrose and Sarah Truscott.

seam members at the opening night of ‘Extremely Textiles’ 

seam members at the opening night of ‘Extremely Textiles’ 

Friday night was the Private View of this exciting new textile exhibition, celebrating the diversity of skills and techniques used and exploring the boundaries of textiles and Fine Art. The photos below were taken just before the doors opened for the evening.

Black Swan Arts Gallery

Black Swan Arts Gallery

Screen by Gill Hewitt, Chair and Wall Panel by Angie Parker

Screen by Gill Hewitt, Chair and Wall Panel by Angie Parker

Linda Row, Desiree Goodall and Joy Merron

Linda Row, Desiree Goodall and Joy Merron

Kate Bond

Kate Bond

The room soon filled and there was an excellent turnout.  It was a friendly, happy, seasonal atmosphere on the night of the Frome Christmas lantern parade.

Private View 30 November 2018

Private View 30 November 2018

Many thanks to the Curator, Sandra Porter and all staff at the Black Swan for a wonderful evening. 

The exhibition continues until 22 December.  Please come along to see the exhibition and tell us what you think!

 

'Types of Abstract'

I am delighted that ‘Kingfisher 2’ has been selected by Art Number 23 for their London Exhibition ‘Types of Abstract’.

The private view and party on Friday 20 July was well attended and great fun.

‘Kingfisher 2’ is a study capturing the moment when the swift movements of the Kingfisher emerge from the shadows of the tree canopy. An unexpected explosion of colour, movement and line – a memory of flashes of delightful, intense colour.  An encaptured moment.

The exhibition continues until 14 August 2018.

The Bath Magazine, May 2018

I am so pleased to have my work featured in The Bath Magazine this month.  Many thanks to Editor, Emma Clegg and Assistant Editor, Jessica Hope who visited my studio in Bath.

You can see the article here. Bath Magazine feature

Curves

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Inspired by many visits to Barbara Hepworth’s Sculpture Garden in St Ives; Henry Moore, Picasso and Anthony Gormley

I am using the needlepunch to create a series of wall panels based on ‘Curves’, building layers of texture and colour and  working from both sides of the textile.

Heading for Chelsea

A photo shoot of this latest framed Stripes panel took place in the beautiful late afternoon light at Sydney Gardens, Bath on Friday.

It is now on its way, with the other Stripes panel shown above, to be displayed at  Interior Designers Rubelli’s Showroom at Chelsea Harbour.

Rubelli, The Chambers, Chelsea Harbour Dr, Fulham, London SW10 0XL

Faces In A Crowd - Work In Progress

A series of experimental studies of faces, using needle punch technology.

The intention is to make large scale wall panels once techniques are perfected.

shiftWorks Returns Home to Bath

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Seam Collective’s shiftWorks exhibition returns to Bath.

Please come along to Bath Spa University, Sion Hill from Monday, 24 April to Friday, 5 May 2017.

Katsura Shift Dress - Sampling

 

I made a variety of samples of hexagons for the Katsura Shadows Shift Dress, investigating the effect of light and shadow, use of colour and the flow of the pattern.

Hexagons were butted up to each other and some spaces left. Colours too muted and the pattern did not flow.

The use of thicker needles in the needle punch gave a hairier distressed effect to the finish of the fabric. I decided to use finer needles.

I tried digitally printing hexagons on the fabric but these distorted when needle punched.

The colours on this sample were much more successful giving a pleasing shadowy effect. The use of finer needles gave a shimmer to the fabric.