Category Archives: Art

Looking and Finding • Detecting Common Threads

Alf Pitcher, my father-in-law was in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. My husband clearly remembers playing with his Dad’s Royal Navy issue sewing kit and now after searching the old sideboard in the living room my brother-in-law John has found it and I have it safely stored for inclusion in my 2018 exhibition.

and in a similar vein this memory from H. Wade.

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I have now catalogued hundreds of your memories and have been looking for some common threads. Knitting, crochet and sewing dominate. No surprise really as most of the memories were collected at the Knitting & Stitching Shows.

Of the knitting memories I found this one from Pamela Richardson particularly fascinating.
“While in the Navy, Uncle Sid learnt to knit and throughout their married life they would share the knitting of any garment. Auntie Joyce would knit the front and back and Uncle Sid the sleeves. It worked for them.” This is a beautifully visual memory and I can just see them sitting either side of a fireplace in armchairs; she knitting the body and he knitting the sleeves.

Pamela Richardson - Uncle Sid & Auntie Joyce

Pamela’s Uncle Sid and Auntie Joyce Jaggs at their wedding in 1953

Here’s an interesting a fashion faux pas from Maggie!

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…………. and I’ve been experimenting with printed paper, organza and stitch – memory of a paper dress from Susan Enticknap. Experimentation gives me some more thinking time.

Clear thought is essential for me to process what I’m actually going to make.  More soon .

 

I Remember You : The Collected Memories Project 2017 and ongoing

It’s time for the sorting out and cataloguing to begin; in other words the hard work . Thought and time are as integral to my work as the actual making and with so much inspiration from the memory cards I collected at the Knitting & Stitching Shows in the Autumn my head is spinning with ideas.

Which way will I go?

Follow my progress here

Do You Remember Me? Book Review

Thank you to Anne Williams, editor of The Quilter,

for a lovely review of my ‘Do You Remember Me?’ book.

The Quilter Winter 2016, issue 149 Read the book review

My book is in stock priced £10 + P&P

Soft cover with 60 full colour pages Buy the book

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Book Cover

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Inside Pages

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Inside Pages

Do You Remember Me?

Do You Remember Me? Book for sale here

 

I have just added a series of small studies for sale on my website.

Small Studies for sale here

More small studies for sale here

Small Mounted Studies for sale here

Small mounted studies for sale here 

Archive of work 2016

Do You Remember Me? book published 2016 price £10

Buy it here

 

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
mixed media
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
mixed media
Inspired by Gilbert & George’s self portrait ‘We’ this is a portrait of the artist’s immediate family

Family Portrait

Family Portrait 2016

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

Self Portrait with Fish on a Washing Line 2016

Exhibitions 2016

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 for Hilda, Nellie and Ida

A New Home for Girl’s Day Out

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.