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Do You Remember Me? book published 2016 price £10
This book was published to accompany my solo exhibition Do You Remember Me? at the Knitting & Stitching shows 2016
Alexandra Palace, London – 5 to 9 October
RDS, Dublin – 20 to 23 October
HIC, Harrogate – 24 to 27 November
Documenting the thoughts and processes behind my series of portraits and self-portraits, stitched and painted marks on cloth; one embroiderer’s personal examination of memory, self and relationship with self.
When we observe ourselves, what do we see? Our observations and opinions of ourselves can change and our memories can alter those observations and opinions over time. My observations have been recorded in a way that invites the viewer to take a glimpse inside my life and draw their own conclusions.
Family Tree (below) 2016
An installation of 18 images which explore relationships with, and between, the artist’s immediate family members; grandparents, parents, sons, daughters, in laws are all represented here.
Images below are of the work installed at the 2016 Knitting & Stitching Shows in Dublin (left) and Alexandra Palace, London (right)
Numbers 58 t0 63 of 63• a Self Portrait were completed in 2016
Family Portrait (below) 2016
Inspired by Gilbert & George’s self portrait ‘We’ this is a portrait of the artist’s immediate family
Self Portrait with Fish (below) 2016 mixed media
This self portrait was inspired by a gifted image. Thank you Gienia Bartlett, Leeds EG.
The fish is a symbol of the artist’s Grimsby heritage.
Self Portrait with Fish on a Washing Line 2016 hand stitch
Shifting Images 8 September 2015 – 6 March 2016 – a group exhibition of self-portraits, Grimsby, UK
Illustrative and Stitched Drawings – 28 November 2015 – 10 January 2016
part of the Drawing Project, Customs House Gallery, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK
Trait – Portrait • April 16 to September 26, 2016. My work Portrait of Benjamin Bohin will be shown as part of the Normandy Impressionist Festival
(www.normandie-impressionniste.fr) at the French needle manufacturer La Manufacture Bohin, Saint Sulpice – Sur -Risle, France
People • Place • Time – 27 May to 10 July • solo exhibition – Howden Park Centre , Livingston, Scotland, UK
Making Space – 16 June to 3 September • 62 Group exhibition – Silk Museum, Macclesfield, UK
Do You Remember Me? October/ November invited gallery artist Knitting & Stitching Shows 2016 • Alexandra Palace, London, RDS Dublin, Harrogate International Centre
A Girl’s Day Out in the East End for Hilda, Nellie and Ida
mixed media • hand and machine stitch with acrylic paint
size 128 x 102 cms
Yesterday I delivered this piece to its new home in the North East of England. I was sad to see it go so I decided to revisit how I made it, however, I am very happy that it has gone to such a good home with new owners who love it so much. It was made in 2012 for one of the 50th Anniversary exhibitions by the 62 Group of Textile Artists ’62@50′ at the Holden Gallery at Manchester School of Art.
This is my Artist Statement for that exhibition.
Exploring displacement using old family photographs, images of distant relatives I never knew, cut into to a modern day environs, Girls Day Out enquires into and questions, the sense of belonging/not belonging whilst referencing the passing of time and the transience of life itself.
Hilda, Nellie and Ida were 3 sisters and Ida, the tall, elegant one on the right was my sister’s mother-in-law. This piece combined the then, the now and alludes to a journey in-between. The street art in the background is by an artist called Stik and was found in Grimsby St London, E2 in 2011. The images above are the original images I combined to make the work and those below are of the work in progress.
I am delighted to be showing my work in ‘Making Space’ an exhibition by the 62 Group of Textile Artists. The exhibition at Macclesfield Silk Museum runs until 3 September 2016.
You can read an article on my inspiration at Textileartist.org here:
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A Gallery of Work made in 2015
Most of the year 2015 was taken by the making of 63 • a Self Portrait made up of 63 images but I did manage to fit in a couple of other pieces. I began the year by making a partner piece for Portrait of a Grimsby Girl 2014 which was called Portrait of a Lincolnshire Lad a triple portrait of my Dad. It measures 76 x 55 cms and is mixed media : hand and machine stitch with paint.
I also managed a commission of Great Grimsby Ice Factory.
63 is a self-portrait made up of 63 images, one for each year of my life so far. So why put myself through all this work, and, to be perfectly honest, the angst of self examination, a replaying of all the ups and downs of life?
There were several reasons, but the main one was that I was asked to take part in a self-portrait exhibition in 2015 and I was given a 6 metre wall to fill!
For this I had to work to a deadline and that in turn forced me to look at the way I work and helped me find a simplification of my mark-making.
I didn’t finish it in time as my thought process was slower than expected and so it was shown as work in progress. Numbers 1 to 42 were shown.
Numbers 1 to 57 were completed in 2015 and are shown below.
I’m proud to say that Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries 2015 shown above is now part of the prestigious Diana Springall Collection . It measures 25.5 x 30.5 cms.
Society of Designer Craftsmen Christmas Market – 14 – 20 December – Mall Galleries, London
Illustrative and Stitched Drawings – 28 November – 10 January 2016 , Customs House Gallery, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK
New Textiles Transformed – 3 October – 7 November – Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, USA
Shifting Images – 8 September 2015 – 7 February 2016 FHC, Grimsby, N E Lincs, UK
Face the World – 12 October – 25 October Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln
Festival of Quilts – 6 August – 9 August – NEC Birmingham with Through Our Hands
62 Group • NOW! -17 March – 10 May Upfront Gallery Cumbria
Designer Crafts at the Mall – 8 January to 15 January, Mall Galleries, London