Saturday, October 10, 2015

Had a good day

meeting with fellow members of etcetera. Our meetings are always inspiring and informative in equal measure. We try to mix work and business in equal parts with cake eating and good coffee, thanks to Helen and Leah!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

And here's the next exhibition...

22 Sep - 10 Oct 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Nice feature....

Thanks to British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine for letting the group give you a taster of this article out in the October issue on September 18th

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

10+ at the Storey Lancaster ....

nearly. This morning has been spent collating work for our exhibition at the Storey, Lancaster beginning 22 September -

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

etcetera at the Platform Gallery, CLitheroe

12 September to 28 September 2015


Etcetera is a group composed of seven nationally and internationally exhibited quilt and embroidery artists based in the North West of England. They came together to support each other in pushing the boundaries of their art. ‘Transition’ is their first exhibition together. Their interpretation of the theme ranges from socio-political to the more physical explorations of how stitch transforms cloth. See more about the group on their website.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

etcetera at the Platform Gallery, Clitheroe

We're open until 26th September. This photo from fellow member Leah Higgins shows my three pieces to the left and work by fellow member Helen Conway to the right:

My camera is mis-behaving so forgive me for linking to Leah and Helen for more visuals.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Being busy - part 2...

Yesterday I attended the penultimate meeting before 10+'s next exhibition in Lancaster - where we saw some amazing work, I was so sorry not to have had my camera with me. There was everything from a typewriter and retro phone made of felt to a portrayal of Richard III. Unlike etcetera this is a group with a long history whose members work individually rather than to a group theme. This is one of the smaller pieces that I've made for this exhibition  - 

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Being busy ....

getting ready for not one but two exhibitions, starting soon. The first is with a new group of seven experienced textile artists who are all looking to develop their work. We are based in the northwest around the Lamcashire/Yorkshire border so the prestigious Platform Gallery at Clitheroe is a good place for our first exhibition - it would be lovely to see you there.

etcetera members:

          Helen Conway         Linda Bilsborrow
          Isobel Holland          Magie Relph
          Julie Bunter             Sandra Wyman
          Leah Higgins


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Printing, painting and stamping

.... with the NW Contemporary Quilt group to 'decorate' bags for the Quilters' Guild Tombola at Festival of Quilts. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

And my next challenge is ....

aside from the fact that I'm working for two exhibitions, my next challenge is .... thinking of the next challenge. When time is precious it's very easy to keep doing what you can do, but then things can very easily become stale, and it's hard to move yourself forward.
I'm working through my 30 days of sketching but at the moment there is no link between that and my quilting. I'm also trying to develop my sketchbook work and that is throwing up ideas, but only variations on what I currently do. I feel the need to focus more, I still like the idea of Edmund de Waal's 'Thousand Hours' but have yet to think of a stitching equivalent ...

The exhibitions:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Day 5 out of 30 drawings done

though it has to be said that my choice for today, 'Draw something made of glass' was a little ill-advised:

Far too many shadows and curved reflections for a novice, but I did my best!

Friday, July 17, 2015

30 Days of drawing

I'd like to draw but I don't, it's not something that has ever been part of my life and I don't really know why it should be! As much as anything I'm interested in what my 'style' would be - I'd love to be the kind of person who can capture an image loosely but I fear that I'd get bogged down in detail and accuracy...
Today I picked up a post on Facebook about a 30 day drawing challenge:

It isn't local to me so I can't physically take part but I am going to have a go to see whether I can develop the habit of daily drawing. And in the spirit of things I'll make a donation to my chosen charity, whether I complete the challenge or not. 
I don't intend to make things harder or embarrassing by posting everyday, but here is Day 1 'Something red':

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Monday, June 29, 2015

CQ Summer School

seems to have whizzed by in a flash.
Alston Hall is a good venue for these events which are as much about friendship as learning. I signed up for a mark making course with Isobel Dibden-Wright and we spent our days working in monochrome on paper then fabric, following a series of guided exercises.
I'd promised myself that there would be no agonising over decisions so I found that I even enjoyed being sent out to sketch in the lovely grounds!

Seeing what you've done in a different light whether it is through a mirror or, as in this instance, reading your own blog post is always illuminating. When I was stitching the piece, middle right, those stitches felt quite long, now I'm thinking that if I started over I'd make them at least twice as long to achieve the effect I was looking for!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Looking forward

to meeting up with old and making new friends at the CQ Summer School this weekend ... And wondering whether Mag's door has been restored!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Tree bark texture

I caught sight of this peeling bark on the way home from a meeting and was probably more excited by the texture of the bark than the meeting!

Friday, June 05, 2015

12 by the Dozen May Challenge

Our colour theme was  lily white and almost up to the last minute I intended to print a sketch that I'd created on my computer using a technique demonstrated by Laura Kemshall. Unfortunately I'd given no thought to how I'd quilt the piece so it fell by the wayside. 
With just a few days left I returned to the original photo, I love the Indian yellow of the pollen and so pulled some fabrics that reflected the colours in the photo. From there on in it was simply a question of letting the fabrics do their thing with little thought for the outcome, other than the fact that I wanted to achieve plenty of open space, which I think I have managed to do:

You can see the original image and the other challenge results on our website -

Monday, June 01, 2015

Mark making becomes ...

.... Book making. A great day with members of the NW Contemporary Quilt group led by Julie Bunter who took us through mark making into book making. I learned about blizzard books and crown spines both of which had me refreshing very dusty origami skills. Julie is a member of our group and generously shared her knowledge and materials.