First of all my apologies for the lateness
of this Newsletter, but with my forthcoming exhibition everything
has become more than a little hectic.
This month's newsletter will focus entirely
on my forthcoming exhibition of new work at the Tolbooth Art Centre
in Kirkcudbright, which runs from the 28th November to the 8th December.
If you are in or near South West Scotland
during this time, I hope you will be able to come along. Do make
sure you introduce yourself if we have not already met!
Flow - An Exhibition of Mixed Media and Textile Art
"Flow" is my second solo show following
on from "Beginnings" in Castle Douglas in April of this
year (see April's Newsletter).
"Beginnings" was about what happens when
we can at last reach a point of action, challenging the emotional
and social constraints placed upon us, which have kept us in well-
behaved and well-mannered boxes. In "Flow" I am reinforcing
and moving forward the direction started earlier.
"Flow" is the unstoppable force
that ensues when the first tearing free is done. It may start as
a tentative trickle but inevitably, as the walls are breached, the
outpourings will not be staunched.
An intense process of self-discovery is set in motion.
There is a strong compulsion to throw oneself into the maelstrom,
to explore and engage with layers of memory and experience that
have shaped and formed me. I know that I must resist the desire
to let it all wash over me and swamp me. I need to maintain the
ability to question and challenge long-laid-down assumptions and
As I immerse myself in this flow, I am exploring
working with a mixture of materials and techniques: hand-painted
silks and muslins, manipulated fibres, machine and hand stitching.
Increasingly I use stretched canvas as a basis for my work as I
apply layers of colour and texture to express deep-rooted feelings
As a taster to the exhibition I am previewing three
examples of new work in this newsletter.
Between The Lines
Hand-painted silk with machine stitching and various
couched silk fibres and threads.
Where interest lies. The hidden. The unknown. Secrets-in-waiting.
Mixed fibres and threads applied to textured painted
As time moves forward layers of experience build.
Textured wrapped forms applied to painted and textured
Sewn silk with that something extra
Shaped and restrained.
I do hope that those of you nearer at hand will
be able to visit my exhibition. I intend being at the Tolbooth in
Kirkcudbright every day and I would love to meet you in person.
Please feel free to telephone if you would like to check my timings.
I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to seeing you.
This is the promo video I've created for the exhibition
which gives an idea of some of the new artworks that will be on
Sit back, press play and enjoy.
Download a copy of the promotion poster
The promotional poster for "Flow" uses
a piece called "On The Edge" as part of the design. The
poster is in PDF format and if you would like a copy either for
your own collection (or to stick in your window :) ), then right-click
on the image below and select "Save Target As"
If you run into any difficulties then please let me know.
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