Welcome to the February Newsletter!
No, you didn't miss January's - I'm afraid this is the first one
of 2009. However, that's not to say I've been sitting around doing
Already 2009 is filling up with artistic
commitments and exciting possibilities so this month's newsletter
will be taking a look at the year ahead, and the video is part one
of two, dealing with one of the most important subjects for any
textile artist - threads and fibres. Next month I will discuss how
I use them in my work as a way of mark-making.
And, of course, at the end of the page
is a high resolution image for you to download to print off or use
as desktop wallpaper for your computer
As always, near the start of a new year, we look
ahead, perhaps to plan or to imagine what can happen.
Forthcoming this year
From March 9th to 29th I will be taking
part in And Then, a group exhibition by women
of art and writing in the Studio of the Eastgate
Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles.
Tying in with International Women's Day, the
idea behind the exhibition is to create a series of works, alternating
between words and images, where each piece responds to the one before,
creating a chain of interpretation and expression.
Victorian Corset Making
I was delighted to be offered a Creative Development
Award by the Scottish Arts Council and Dumfries and Galloway
Council, in order to participate in a Victorian Corset Making
Course in York at the end of March.
I have long held an interest in the way society constrains
and contorts not only our emotional responses, but our ideas of
physical acceptance. Experiencing the intimate construction techniques
of one of society's more notorious body shaping garments, will impact
on my future work.
From 21st April until 2nd May there
will be a solo exhibition of my work here at Castle
Douglas Art Gallery entitled Connection.
I have a particular fondness for this venue;
I love the space and natural light. And not only is it conveniently
placed for my husband to nip across the road with fresh coffee,
but it is also the place of my first solo exhibition 2 years ago.
I'm really looking forward to it. Do come along if you can.
Spring Fling 2009
Spring Fling is the annual open studios
event in Dumfries and Galloway at the end of May each year.
From 25th April to 16th May, the Taster
Exhibition then moves to Stranraer
Museum, in Stranraer
The event itself runs from 23rd to 25th
May when visitors will be able to see artists and makers in
their own studios (including mine!). Contact 01387 262084
for a free brochure.
From 18th July to 23rd August there
will be a solo exhibition of my work in the Dover Gallery,
at Farfield Mill, Sedbergh, Cumbria. www.farfieldmill.org.
I'm excited about this exhibition as Farfield Mill is growing in
reputation as a venue for showing textile art.
I will post more information about these events
as time goes on.
Video of Using Threads and Fibres
This video is about the huge variety
and choice of silk threads and fibres available for the textile
artist. I find them irresistible and compulsive. The video is part
one of two, where next month I will discuss how I use them in my
work as a way of mark-making.
Download a free high-resolution image for your own wall or computer
This is a detail from an artwork I am currently working
on, which combines the unravellings from a piece of natural silk
tussah with dyed silk tops and natural silk laps.
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Target As. You can then save the image on your computer and
print it off on photographic or watercolour paper at up to A4 size
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