Category Archives: The Ropewalk Barton upon Humber

A Family in China inspired by memories from Robbi Robson

Retrospective – An Archive of Work from 2019

A Family’s Life 1 2019

Re-Tellings – a major solo exhibition by Grimsby based artist Sue Stone whose work is inspired by people, place and time. Hand embroidery plays a big part in Sue’s work sometimes mixed with machine stitch and/or paint and there are also some digital prints and new iPad drawings.

A Family’s Life 2 – 2019 – mixed media

The pieces in this exhibition are part of an ongoing series of narratives inspired by memories; both the artist’s own and those of others. Members of the public were invited to take part by sharing memories of themselves and their relationships in the form of anecdotes, and images and Sue has now collected stories from all over the world. 

A Family's Life 3
A Family’s Life 3 – 2019 – mixed media

The common link in this particular selection of work is that of family and friendship. Many of the stories focus on relationships between family members; the bonds between siblings and cousins, mothers and daughters, grandparents and grandchildren. But there are also tales of imagined journeys and that illusive dream of a Desert Island.  

Detail of They Shared the knitting of the Jumper 2019
Fish, Chips and Lanky Twang 2019
A Family in China
A Family in China 2019
For the Desert Island
For the Desert Island 2019 – mixed media

A selection of smaller works for Re-Tellings

The exhibition also provided another outing for the epic chronicle of the artist’s own life story told in a series of self-portraits one for each year of the artist’s life so far. 66 in total . The 3 new self-portraits below made in 2019 bring the installation up to date.

self portrait no 66
Self Portrait no 66 – of 66 self portraits 2019 – hand and machine stitch – 26 x 30 cms
Self Portrait no 65 – 2019 – hand and machine stitch – 26 x 30 cms
Self Portrait no 64
Self Portrait no 64 – 2019 hand and machine stitch

A Series of iPad drawings made for the Re-Tellings Exhibition 2019.

Commissioned Portrait 2019

A Special Commission 2019 – Portrait of Jonah, Felix and Reuben

Say Something with Stitch

I am delighted to announce my new 1 day hand stitch workshop ‘ Say Something with Stitch’ – an introduction to narrative pictures. 

Places are available now for the first of these workshops on 21 March 2020 at the Ropewalk, Barton-onHumber, North Lincs, Uk.

If you’d like to work with me I’d be delighted to see you there.

To book telephone 01652 660380 or email here: craft@the-ropewalk.co.uk

Price £61/56

During the workshop we will start to make a mini textile approx 20 x 20 cms in which the focus is a subject of your own personal choice. This could be a simple image of face, figure or animal but equally could be a flower, plant or object. The choice is yours.

I will guide you through quick and easy ways to get started and share the straightforward processes I use myself to make compositions from multiple images.

There’s no need to be worried about your drawing ability just bring a selection of simple images as inspiration. These can be of anything you like to tell your story. 

By the end of the workshop you will have the necessary skills to develop your own narrative work further and a piece of work started to develop further at home. The aim of the workshop is to gain the confidence to use your own ideas to tell a story and enjoy doing it. 

This is a hand stitch workshop and is suitable for all abilities.

Self Portrait with Fish on a washing line

Participants should bring

Basic drawing equipment: Journal/sketchbook and pen/pencil

Basic hand sewing equipment • embroidery needles (for both thin and thick threads), pins, dressmaking scissors and sharp embroidery scissors.

Camera or phone/iPad to record your progress and to take photographs of Sue’s handling collection or work to use as reference for developing your work further.

A selection of images : these can be drawings or photos or cuttings from magazines etc. to include

  1. a very simple image of your main subject (to fit on a background approximately 20 x 20 cms and leave space around it for text and to add background detail) 
  2. a image that can be used to inspire your background – this could be texture or pattern or could simply be an outline of some books, a building or landscape etc
  3. some text – it can be something deep and meaningful or something more light-hearted and whimsical or even something you have seen or heard that just amuses you.

All other materials will be provided.

Featured in Embroidery – the Textile Art magazine

Re-Tellings Exhibition and a review of my online course in conjunction with Textileartist.org Exploring texture & Pattern