‘This Life Matters’ is a series of 7 small portraits which focus on the inequalities spotlighted by the Covid 19 pandemic. Each representative of the global community wears the same white t shirt with a slogan ‘This Life Matters’, a nod to Katherine Hamnett’s ‘Choose Life’ slogan t-shirts of the 1980s, Each has their own word embroidered at their side which indicates their circumstances or mindset: Displaced, disenfranchised, disconsolate, dispossessed, dispirited, disabled, and lastly disappearing. Each life is as important as the next.
I am delighted that my stitched illustration of textile artist Anne Morrell will be featured alongside an article entitled ROOTS IN TWO CONTINENTS by Brinda Gill who dives into Anne Morrell’s textile life.
Issue 95 (July /August) of Selvedge magazine will be published on the 15th of June. This issue will be available in print and digital formats from the Selvedge website but will not be available as usual at galleries and the newsstand. It is available for pre-order now #selvedgemagazine
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Series of iPad drawings made for the Re-Tellings Exhibition 2019.
A Special Commission 2019 – Portrait of Jonah, Felix and Reuben
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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)
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
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.
Inspired by a visit to Greenpoint, Brooklyn the emphasis in this piece shifts slightly away from people, and towards place and contains a multitude of references from a specific place, New York and a specific time period 21/12/16 to 3/01/17.
A new approach and a move away from control in the design process meant the work evolved and had several incarnations during the making process rather than being pre-planned.
Inspired by a visit to the Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver.
Size 18.5 x 19.5 cms
hand and machine stitch with appliqué
From Grimsby to Greenpoint & Beyond
From Grimsby to Greenpoint & Beyond • photo by Yeshen Venema
Materials :Linen and recycled clothing fabrics,cotton threads, InkTense pencils,acrylic paint
Techniques: Hand and machine stitch.appliqué, piecing, drawing, painting
A visit to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York sparked the idea for this work in which the emphasis shifts slightly away from people, and towards place, a specific place, New York and a snapshot of a specific time period 21/12/16 to 3/01/17. Another small shift is in the use of materials, black thread was used abundantly in this piece this is a new departure as was the use of Derwent InkTense pencils to draw and colour the background fabric.
A new approach, an attempt to capture a new energy in the work and a move away from control in the design process meant the work evolved and has had several incarnations during the making process rather than being pre-planned.
There are a multitude of references in this work; to the atmosphere and fast pace of New York City to the areas and places visited and to great beer, coffee and food consumed. Also referenced are a selection of the many street artists in Greenpoint and Bushwick including Faille, a Brooklyn-based artistic collaboration between Patrick McNeil and Patrick Miller and there’s tribute paid to particular artworks, ‘Jawbone of an Ass’ by Jean-Michel Basquiat and ‘The Mermaid’a sculpture by Liz Craft at the Whitney Museum of American Art in Manhattan.
Studies for Collected Memories
Virginia and her Mum
Beryl’s Gran and her Friends 2018 Study for Collected Memories Hand/machine stitch with paint.
Randi and Mr Bunny 2018 for Collected memories Hand/machine stitch with appliqué .
Carmel and Dora 2018 for Collected Memories Hand/machine stitch with paint.
Study for 6 Little Girls 2018 for Collected Memories machine/hand stitch, ink pencils and paint.
6th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial Tradition and Innovation on the theme: Identity!
In 2018 Latvia will celebrate the centenary anniversary of the Republic of Latvia and the Triennial will be part of the festivity cultural programme. I am delighted, and as usual very relieved when I send my artwork abroad, to say that my work I Am Me has arrived in Riga for the 6th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial Tradition and Innovation on the theme: Identity! I Am Me is one of 85 artworks from 28 countries chosen for the exhibition from 218 applications.
The exhibition opens on 6 June 2018 at 4 p.m at the Arsenāls Exhibition Hall, Riga(Torņa St. 1) and will run until September 9, 2018.
I Am Me – Artist’s Statement
Individuality, distinctiveness, uniqueness form our identity; who or what we are. 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 alter and transform my appearance as they change.
This work, made up of 12 self-portraits, is inspired by the humankind’s urge to categorise. Whoever you think you see in these images the person portrayed remains the same throughout. It is me and the viewer is asked to form their own opinion of who I really am.
In this residential workshop I will introduce you to the many ways of working figuratively. We will look at a series of different artists and the various methods they use to depict the human figure from the substantial and serious to the light-hearted and whimsical.
During the week we will create some characters, and make some small studies using figurative and narrative elements and look at ways to incorporate your own narratives and memories using images and text.
I will guide you through quick & easy ways to get started and share the simple processes I use myself. There will be a focus on hand stitch, layering and appliqué with an option to add machine stitch if you wish.
I will advise you on how to use your own drawings, photographs or vintage illustrations to convey ideas, thoughts and memories. You’ll quickly gain the confidence to stamp your own personality on your work.
Fate – photo by Sue Stone
Detail of From Grimsby to Greenpoint & Beyond – photo Yeshen Venema
Detail of I Am Me – photo Sue Stone
Detail Family Tree – photo Sue Stone
Detail of From Grimsby to Greenpoint & Beyond – photo Yeshen Venema
Detail Family tree – photo Sue Stone
We will take a break from the course mid-week to enjoy a day of dyeing with the original blue dye from the woad plant, grown in the Toulouse area since medieval times. You can bring things to dye from home, pick items up at local markets or buy natural fabric from Chateau Dumas.
During the week there is also a visit to the nearby atmospheric Sunday morning food and craft market in St Antonin-Noble-Val, the medieval town where the films Charlotte Gray and The Hundred Foot Journey were filmed.
The workshop is suitable for all abilities. For those who are worried about their drawing ability I will provide some simple black & white guides and some vintage illustrations as a base from which to work and a collection of my own handling samples to inspire you. By the end of the workshop you will have new ideas with which to work and the necessary skills to develop your own work further.
Every year, Selvedge hosts several all-inclusive residential craft workshops at Chateau Dumas, a private estate with 18th century interiors, a large pool and glorious panoramic views – set amongst rolling hills in peaceful, scenic countryside less than an hour north of Toulouse international airport. Owned and run by Lizzie Hulme the Chateau is a place you can relax, unwind and be truly creative in.