Category Archives: Talks

Shift : A change in direction.
Allusion: A suggestion or hint that calls something to mind without mentioning it.

Sue Stone Solo Exhibition ‘ Shifts & Allusions’ 2023

Venue: The Hub, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, NG34 7TW 

formerly the National Centre for Craft and Design

Exhibition runs from14 January to 12th March 2023 in the ground floor gallery.

I have been busy sorting out the work to show in my Shifts & Allusions exhibition and in this exhibition I will be inviting you to find the stories behind my compositions and work out for yourself what they mean.

Most of my work contains a nod to my Grimsby heritage. The fish has become my signature and it often appears somewhere in my work. This exhibition includes a selection of larger narrative works made between 2013 and 2022, some of which haven’t been shown before. They are shown alongside some new smaller studies and a selection of tactile handling samples which show some of the techniques I have used in the finished pieces.

I will be giving a gallery talk at 2pm on Sat 18 February 2023 and a teaching a one day workshop at the Hub on Sunday 19 February

‘A Focus on Faces • an introduction to illustrative portraits


A Flavour of Vancouver

In September I had a fantastic trip to Vancouver, Canada to teach at and give a talk at the  wonderful place that is Maiwa School of Textiles.

These images give just a flavour of the trip.

Read about Maiwa  and if you get the opportunity go and see for yourself.

A Focus on Faces – 2 day workshop.

Work by my brilliant students at Maiwa School of Textiles, Vancouver

3 Day Workshop – Every Picture Tells a Story.

All work by my fantastic students at Maiwa School of Textiles, Vancouver

A trip to the Museum of Anthropology, at University of British Columbia, Vancouver

English Bay day and night

Sue Stone 2 Day Self Portrait workshop at Cork Textiles Network. See the finished portraits at the Knitting & Stitching shows 2018

Self-Portrait Workshop in Cork

Last week I gave a talk and taught a 2 Day self-portrait workshop in Cork for Cork Textiles network. They are a talented and diverse group spanning many different textile disciplines. Here you can see a selection of the work produced at the workshop. The finished portraits will be shown at the Knitting & Stitching shows next year (2018) on the Cork Textiles Network stand and I’m itching to see the final results. All portraits will be A3 in size.

Sue Stone • From Sketch to Stitch • Stitch magazine June/July

Stitch magazine has published my ‘From Sketch to Stitch article in Issue no 83 June/ July 2013. The article explores the way I work and how my pieces are put together focussing on my work ‘Family with Fish’ 2011. Click here to Buy Stitch magazine  More images of the work in progress 

I also have an ebook for sale which documents the full making of this piece.  Preview or buy the ebook. The ebook is available for iPad and iPhone only at the present time. To hear about my news and events and to be informed when the ebook will be available in other formats please sign up to my monthly newsletter

This piece is also featured in the 62 Group of Textile Artists 2012 ‘Radical Thread’ Book. Edited by Lesley Millar the book was produced to celebrate the group 50th anniversary. Preview or Buy Radical Thread

image of Family with Fish

Lichtenstein, Chuck Close, Kurt Schwitters and me


First to the Lichtenstein at Tate Modern on Friday. I really enjoyed this but having read a review saying that all rooms looked the same I wasn’t sure I would. This review was grossly unfair.

Perhaps I am a bit sentimental about Lichtenstein because his work reminds me of time spent in London in the late 60s/early 70s but I particularly enjoyed the later collages and also the small drawings and of course the old favourites such as Whaam!


Then on to the White Cube in Bermondsey to see Chuck Close’s print exhibition. His work is fantastic and to see the prints broken down into there individual colours was amazing. An enthralling exhibition for anyone who is into the technical side of printmaking .

On Saturday I gave a talk to the Contemporary Quilt AGM at the American Church in Tottenham Court Road. They were a great group of people who made me feel really welcome. Contemporary Quilt are a specialist group of the Quilters Guild of the British Isles.

On Sunday the highlight of the weekend which was a visit to the Kurt Schwitters exhibition at Tate Britain. I’m a big fan of collage so it was a treat to see Schwitters small collages which were definitely the best part of this exhibition. I had seen his work first at the Armitt museum in Ambleside a few years ago but I knew nothing of his period of internment on the Isle of Man so it was fascinating to see the work from that period as well.

Now I’m back in GY and all cultured out!