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Newsletter - November 2007

Welcome to the November edition of my newsletter.

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 constraints.

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 and memories.

As a taster to the exhibition I am previewing three examples of new work in this newsletter.

Between The Lines

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 canvas.

As time moves forward layers of experience build.

Of Mother

Of Mother

Textured wrapped forms applied to painted and textured background.

Soft feel
Velvet green
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.

Promo Video

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 display.

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"

Poster for the Flow Exhibition in Kirkcudbright

If you run into any difficulties then please let me know.


Questions and Comments:

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Wishing you all the best until next time,



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