A wonderful summer

What a lovely summer my boys and I have had. Whilst it was initially hard to get very excited about all the new happenings due to a very hectic workload and a lack of good sleep, there is now time to reflect and enjoy what has happened.

Last Sunday my sons, my niece and myself spent the day in London – the visit was arranged so that I could hand deliver my piece of work ‘A bar of drinking chocolate’ to Diana Springall. At the beginning of the summer at Art in Action, Diana Springall, a  very well known  British textile artist and collector of work made by needle and thread since 1970, had purchased my piece of work to add to her collection.

At first I had had my usual rush of nerves and worried that my work just wasn’t good enough for such a collection – but this is nothing unusual for me when I am tired and running at full steam. However, after an amazing trip to New York and some time to relax with my boys, I was able to enjoy the success and appreciate the accolade. I could also realise that my anxiety over the making and selling of my work aptly fits my process of working – obsessive attention to detail with changes of threads for just a few stitches in the attempt to achieve perfection which is then lost in the final stage when the backing fabric is removed and the threads find there own space. My mistakes become part of the work and how this is interpreted is much the same how I handle issues in life itself.

With Diana Springall, Mall Galleries, London

And now there is time to realise the most important accolade – my sons’ approval and delight that I had finally let go of a piece of work and it would have a place in Diana Springall’s collection. Without Josh and Mikey’s support, my work just could’t happen and for that I will always be grateful.

Please see this link for more information on Diana Springall Textile Collection

New York, 2016

To continue the very good summer, Josh has had his own success by gaining an A* in his ‘A’ level Maths exam. Next year will be the second  year of sixth form for Josh and the start of GCSE courses for Mikey.  For myself, my first project with ‘Seam Collective’ – a shift dress that will be drawn with stitch and discuss a chronic lung condition called ‘Bronchiectasis’.




Some dressmaking…

This week I have had a very good excuse to make some clothes. My growing stack of lovely fabrics that I have purchased over the years with the hope that one day I will find time to make a garment from them, have been dusted off, pressed and turned into summer skirts so that I could try and photograph the process  because I needed some images for a work shop.


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Taking photographs of a sewing machine was far more difficult than I had expected: the lighting was tricky due to the shape of the machine and finding the right fabric and backdrop proved to be quite challenging. With my sons help, we settled on this image and mailed it to the National Centre of Craft and Design in Sleaford, along with my first signed contract, workshop plan and risk assessment for my ‘make a shift dress in day’ workshop that is going to be held inNovember. And the by product of this endeavour – three pretty summer skirts ready for a holiday.