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Skirt Workshop

July 19, 2013

Well done to all the Sewing Bees who made skirts on this workshop. We had some technical problems as various people’s machines played up in their own quirky ways. We managed to get them all sorted and even the overlocker was behaving. Here are a few examples.

Hannah's beautifully made Retro floral.

Hannah’s beautifully made Retro floral.

This fabulous Retro floral was made by Hannah and has since been seen on her holiday in Norfolk and shopping around Market Harborough! Perfect for this amazing heat-wave. Immaculately made, Hannah should be proud of the quality of her finished skirt and hopefully will feel confident to use the pattern she took away to make another one.

Another retro feel with a sophisticated contrast at the bottom edge.

Another retro feel with a sophisticated contrast at the bottom edge.

This lovely number, made by Kate, who with a small amount of pattern cutting adapted the original pattern and added a contrasting band along the bottom edge. She also used contrasting red elements in the top stitching and a funky yellow zip. We decided it would work well in summer with a vest top and sandals but equally well with boots and tights in winter. Despite having never made  a garment before and using a charming but elderly sewing machine, Kate’s skirt turned out beautifully. Great design details, lovely finish and really versatile. Win Win!

Images of the Skater skirts to follow. Rebecca and Gaby made these but have since whisked them away on holiday before I could photograph them. They have promised to provide images of them wearing them.

New Work, New Shows, New workshops

May 17, 2013

May is racing along, work is finished at DMU for me until September and I am now working on pieces for various exhibitions and shows. Open Studios with The Harborough Artist Cluster has got off to an excellent start. Even more artists have joined the group, a record number of shops are taking part in Art Windows and the prize draw is back with 10 amazing prizes. The Leicester Society of Artists has moved it’s annual show and project show so look out for that in October and beyond. I will be submitting work to all these events and more. A sneak preview of works in progress attached and don’t forget to sign up for The Next Great Sewing Bee skirt workshop running in Market Harborough on Saturday 29th of June. There are still some places but they are limited so sign up by contacting me at or my website links available on this blog.

Line, Mark, Layer, Stitch - Work in Progress

Line, Mark, Layer, Stitch – Work in Progress

Line, Mark. layer, Stitch - Work in progress

Line, Mark. layer, Stitch – Work in progress

A Matter of Seriousness/JGallery

May 8, 2013

A big thank you to JGallery for hosting my exhibition, A Matter of Seriousness. Thanks to all those who visited it and the positive comments made. The summer is here and my next challenge is a number of workshops and then Open studios and Art Windows in September followed by The Leicester Society of Artists Annual show and The project Exhibition ‘Drawing on Words’. Don’t forget The Next Great British Sewing Bee. The date is the 29th of June for A one day Skirt Workshop. Only basic skills required, pattern provided with lots of potential for you to customise and fit your skirt, so you go home with something really special and a pattern to make another if you want. Watch this space for more news on exhibitions and workshops.

Pressing Appontiments. Fabric Installation. Inspired by social and political events at home and abroad, celebrations, financial issues and conflict.

Pressing Appointments. Fabric Installation. Inspired by social and political events at home and abroad, celebrations, financial issues and conflict.

Time and Space fabric Installation at JGallery

Time and Space fabric Installation at JGallery

Are you the Next Great British Sewing Bee?

April 24, 2013

Want to make, alter and customise your own clothes? Have or can borrow a sewing machine but don’t use it?

Make a start on a:

One-day Skirt making workshop

Venue: Market Harborough
Date: Saturday 29th June
Cost: £30

Details: A day of expert tuition in which you will cut out, fit and make a simple skirt in fabric of your choice. You will have the opportunity to add details like pockets, trims, edgings etc.

Bring your own fabric, thread and zip and a sewing machine. You will be guided through the process of making yourself a bespoke skirt. It can be as simple or complicated as you feel confident with. You will need to have basic sewing machine skills but all guidance on what stitches to use and how will be provided.

Places are limited so please register your interest at. or phone Heather on 07973346628

A Matter of Seriousness

February 5, 2013
Old Treasures

Old Treasures

Please click on the attached invite to see details of my latest exhibition starting on saturday 9th february at The JGallery in Moulton. There is a great cafe and along with several framed pieces I am exhibiting 2 fabric installations.

Look forward to seeing you there.


Sock Gallery Exhibition, Loughborough

July 7, 2012

Good to attend the Private View of the first Sock Gallery Open exhibition. The work was really professionally hung and clearly labeled. The space is excellent with tall statement windows that let in natural light and good spots and other lights.

At the Sock Gallery PV. Selected work included ‘Old Treasures’ and ‘Objects and Origins’.

New Work

July 6, 2012

Two new pieces ready for The Leicester Society of Artists Project exhibition. The theme is upcycling, which is very much inline with my current work. The basis for much of this work has been found materials or discarded items which I have developed through plastic manipulation, layering, print and stitch. The resulting compositions explore the value we place on things, the process of making, waste and consumerism.

‘Return Ticket’ mixed- media collage and freehand stitching

‘Under Foot’ – mixed – media collage and freehand stitching.