Category Archives: Textile Art

detail of the Unknown Statistic

People • What are they like?

You can see the works below in an exhibition I am taking part in at Deda, Derby which is curated by David Manley. 2 November 2017 to 2 January 2018.

image of Portrait of a Grimsby Girl 2014

Portrait of a Grimsby Girl 2014

Portrait of a Lincolnshire Lad 2015

Portrait of a Lincolnshire Lad 2015

image of the Unknown Statistic 2014

The Unknown Statistic 2014

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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.

Work Archive 2017

This is Me 2017

first shown at Festival of Quilts 2017 in the Through Our Hands gallery ‘A Portrait’

Individuality, distinctiveness, uniqueness form our identity; who or what we are. This series of self-portraits was inspired by the humankind’s urge to categorise. Whatever you think you see in these images it is still me.
Visual decoration or types of clothing may suggest class, culture, creed, religion or ethnicity. The outer shell and its various wrappings; skin, clothing, accessories, may change and alter appearance as they do. The viewer is asked to form their own opinion of who I really am. The person portrayed whose the inner soul remains the same throughout is me.

 

Faith, Hope & Fate commissioned artist for ‘Unknown People’

hand stitch

Texture & Pattern Online workshop

pattern & texture

My new online Texture & Pattern course in conjunction with my sons Joe & Sam from Textileartist.org is open for registration until 23/06/17.

The course is all about focusing in and pushing the potential of just a few basic textile techniques (like hand stitch and appliqué), so you feel empowered to develop a visual vocabulary that is personal to you.
And, because founding students get lifetime access, you can immerse yourself in regular, manageable bursts of creativity on your own schedule.

More information and to register now 

Crafts Council Directory • Maker of the Week 12/05/17

Crafts Council Directory Maker of the Week is Sue Stone whose exhibition ‘Displaced’ is currently on at Owen James Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

“It’s the starting of a new piece that’s my favourite part; the holding and manipulating of the cloth in my hands, the first stitches going in and the anticipation of what the result will be. Having gone through the long and often anxious process of thinking and forming ideas, I find the process and rhythm of making very restorative.”

We talk to Sue about what got her into making, what inspires her and what she’s currently working on. Read our full article here: http://bit.ly/2prBv4e

This is Me

This is new work in progress for ‘Through Our Hands – A Portrait’ at the Festival of Quilts 10 to 13 August. There will be around 12 to  14 portraits when completed.

I’m in the process of making this series of self-portraits which are slightly different to usual. These portraits show me as someone else.

But who am I really?

Stone,Sue,punk
Visual decoration or types of clothing may suggest class, culture, creed, religion or ethnicity.

The outer shell and its various wrappings; skin, clothing, accessories, may change and alter appearance as they do.

 

Stone,Sue,Headscarf

Self-portrait with Headscarf

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.

H Wade

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!

maggie

…………. 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 .