Category Archives: Society of Designer Craftsmen

Retrospective • An Archive of Work 2015

A Gallery of Work made in 2015

Most of the year 2015 was taken by the making of 63 • a Self Portrait made up of 63 images but I did manage to fit in a couple of other pieces. I began the year by making a partner piece for Portrait of a Grimsby Girl 2014 which was called Portrait of a Lincolnshire Lad a triple portrait of my Dad. It measures 76 x 55 cms and is mixed media : hand and machine stitch with paint.

image of Portrait of a Lincolnshire Lad 2015

Portrait of a Lincolnshire Lad 2015

I also managed a commission of Great Grimsby Ice Factory.

image of Great Grimsby Ice Factory

Great Grimsby Ice Factory 2015

About 63
63 is a self-portrait made up of 63 images, one for each year of my life so far. So why put myself through all this work, and, to be perfectly honest, the angst of self examination, a replaying of all the ups and downs of life?

There were several reasons, but the main one was that I was asked to take part in a self-portrait exhibition in 2015 and I was given a 6 metre wall to fill!

For this I had to work to a deadline and that in turn forced me to look at the way I work and helped me find a simplification of my mark-making.

I didn’t finish it in time as my thought process was slower than expected and so it was shown as work in progress. Numbers 1 to 42 were shown.

Numbers 1 to 57 were completed in 2015 and are shown below.

image of Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries

Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries

I’m proud to say that Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries 2015 shown above is now part of the prestigious Diana Springall Collection . It measures 25.5 x 30.5 cms.

Exhibitions 2015

Society of Designer Craftsmen Christmas Market – 14 – 20 December – Mall Galleries, London
Illustrative and Stitched Drawings – 28 November – 10 January 2016 , Customs House Gallery, South Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK
New Textiles Transformed – 3 October – 7 November – Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, USA
Shifting Images – 8 September 2015 – 7 February 2016 FHC, Grimsby, N E Lincs, UK
Face the World – 12 October – 25 October Sam Scorer Gallery, Lincoln
Festival of Quilts – 6 August – 9 August – NEC Birmingham with Through Our Hands
62 Group • NOW! -17 March – 10 May Upfront Gallery Cumbria
Designer Crafts at the Mall – 8 January to 15 January, Mall Galleries, London

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CLOTH & MEMORY 2

On Friday I managed to see the wonderful Cloth & Memory 2 exhibition at Salt’s Mill in Saltaire. The exhibition has now closed but I would urge anyone who couldn’t get there to buy the fantastic catalogue that accompanied the show. It available from the CLOTH & MEMORY website and is a really interesting read.

Craft & Design Selected Silver Award

Congratulations to Carol Naylor who has just been awarded the Craft & Design Silver selected award 2013. Carol was selected for this award by judge Kaffe Fassett whose fantastic exhibition ‘A Life in Colour’ runs until 29 June 2013 at the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey. http://ftmlondon.org/ftm-exhibitions/kaffe-fassett/
See more of Carol Naylor’s work at : http://www.carolnaylor.co.uk/

Carol Naylor

Certificate Silver textiles_CarolNaylor copy

Here’s the certificate for the Craft and Design Award. The award means I will get coverage in the magazine in the Autumn and also an image will be used on their 2014 calendar. Interestingly earlier this year I was short listed for a calendar in Japan, big project, I didn’t get it but it doesn’t seem to matter now!

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Designer Crafts at the Mall 2013

Designer Crafts at the Mall 2013 is nearly here. I’m frantically trying to get organised along with my preparations for Christmas. I will be showing some large textile mixed media, embroidery in the exhibition and also some small hand embroidered studies and handmade cards and postcards will also be for sale in the Shop within the Show.  Click here for more images and information .Click image for more information Designer Crafts fler 2