Hello and a warm welcome to you! Thank you for visiting my blog where I love to share a little of my life and my passion for textiles, I hope you will enjoy what you see and read here...do also visit me on Facebook and say hello...or check out my workshops and come and get creative...

Thursday, 27 July 2017

now it's all over...

and life is settling back down, it seems working for the exhibition and setting it up and taking it down was all just a pleasant dream!

A big thank you to Florence Arts Centre at Egremont for hosting us. I was so inspired by taking part, it really got my creative juices flowing, not least because of the venue; Florence Arts Centre is such an interesting place to visit, with all the history of the iron ore mine it once was, and has exhibitions and musical events all year round... 

 

It was just so lovely to participate in a joint event, with the chance to collaborate with other artists...even just a cup of tea as we made plans or chatting as we set it up was as valuable a part of the whole thing as actually showing my work.

...and Diversity will be back next year, with another show! How does it get even better than that?!

Thank you too to all those who came to see the show, and perhaps booked a workshop. That was the other wonderful thing; I ran a workshop and we had people wandering in from seeing the exhibition, which meant they could see 'making' actually happening, linked with the exhibition. There were also demonstrations by some of the artists, and altogether it made for a lively 'alive feeling' event, with lots of connections and inspiration!

So if you didn't get to see the work , here's a little taste of what the group had created:
work by Jenni Payne, Susan Denham Smith, Jan Cottam, Diane Standen, Ruth Moore, Maureen Hogg and Sue Cosham 






Apologies for the long gap in my blogging, just been focussing on workshops and various other life affairs...and I am delighted to say some of my work has been selected for the
at Rheged near Penrith, 9th sept - 5th November

...and now C-art Open Studios is looming (8th -17th Sept) so I'm back off down to my studio...

have a creative weekend!




Friday, 2 June 2017

interim...

apologies for my lack of blog posts of late...this is what I'm doing! The exhibition is drawing closer and I am slowly creating enough pieces of textile art to fill my alloted space. I have found that my desire to create has been taken over by this current work to the extent that taking and processing photos has been very much put to one side. As if all my creative energy, and my creative focus, and rightly so, is in my stitching for the exhibition... so I will see you on the other side when it is all set up and I can go 'phew'...and see what is next!


trust you are creating too!



Thursday, 11 May 2017

workshop delights...

all you need is boxes of fabrics, imagination and enthusiasm...and this is what you get! I had 2 talented makers for this new fabric bowl workshop...and we all had fun! I watched and helped and they just played and produced these fabulous textures and colours!

May I introduce the stitching crew today...Andrea and Heather, and their wonderful sewing machines...and that magical embellisher...



pink glorious pink! Andrea tackles a very adventurous bowl...


icecream colours....and a rich glorious mixture make for 2 very different bowls from Heather



Heather's on the left in rich purples and turquoise with a streak of pink, Andrea's in sea blues with lovely yarny textures, and a flash of pink again!



I love the contrast in colours between Andrea's bowls, and that fantastic shape she cut in her pink bowl...
 


all in all, a wonderfully creative day with a beautiful outcome as I'm sure you'll agree!


as it says in Heather's pastel bowl, Dream Bigger! I think that says it all!

have a creative weekend...





Thursday, 20 April 2017

fame and fortune...

I can't tell you just how excited I am! If you haven't already seen it I have an article in the wonderful and inspirational Be Creative Magazine (May/June issue) which has just appeared on the shelves in the newsagent...

I just love this magazine for the full colour deliciousness, textures and ideas, it's a "real people" magazine with fab articles by textile makers from all around the world. And I am in it! How does it get even better than that? There's NO housework being done by this artist today I can tell you!! I just keep fondling the magazine and drinking tea and thinking 'well I'll go to the foot of our stairs' as they say!



meantime I am back into the studio as the exhibition is getting closer...and I have a talk to prepare and all sorts of other yummy things on the horizon. Really I am so truly blessed and lucky to be able to live as I do, choosing my daily activities and spending so many happy hours creating. I love my blog and facebook and instagram and making up my newsletter...everything I do has a creative element and therefore does not count as real work! I love sharing what I do and hopefully cheering up someone's day and maybe inspiring creativity in someone else.

My brand new recipe for creative happiness... 

1.go and do it
2.do it often
3.go and do it even if it's only for 10 minutes...      
4.just start and the inspiration will find you...

Ingredients: threads, fabric
Method:
cut pieces of fabric, play with them till the idea develops, embellish and stitch until finished (haha!) ...then start again. Important not to get too distracted by new ideas that come along as you play. That's where a sketchbook or notebook comes in, write them down for another time. Enjoy and Repeat as desired.

Here's my current work in progress, making a new seat and back for an old chair from a skip, part of my 'Objects of Use' theme for the exhibition...






 Like you I'm sure, there are often so many things I think I 'should' be doing...and then creative things get to the bottom of the list. SO my new way is do the fun or creative thing first..and then the jobs will just happen, or not as they may seem less essential after some 'headspace' creating. 

More soon...

yours creatively


 


Sunday, 19 March 2017

New Quilting exhibition..

What a joy to visit this fantastic quilt show last week at Rheged, in Cumbria. I could go again and still see more to relish in all the details and variety of the stunning work. It's so good to see a high quality textile exhibition, in the North and so close to home! Hurray for Rheged and The Embroiderer's Guild! If you haven't been yet do go. 70 quilters from the UK and Cumbria are represented in a wide variety of styles and materials, traditional and contemporary.

There's so much more to see and enjoy when you see the actual work in front of you, you can almost feel the makers' hands as they handle the cloth, and stitch and create. Here's a small taste of what's on show...

 

Sarah Impey painstakingly stitches her text letter by letter, the text being part of the design, her choice of fabric and words making social commentary. I love the rhythm and feel of this piece. And this scroll of work by Elizabeth Brimelow intrigued me with its form and flow.                                  


Some of Kate Crossley's complex creations stand tall, challenging the notion of a quilt being something you put on a bed! And I love Maddi Nicholson's work created with Levens' Quilters, of these Cumberland Wrestling outfits...celebrating the first Women's world championship for Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling was held at Ambleside Sports last year.


Cas Holmes is one of my favourite textile artists, it was a joy just to be in close proximity to her work and see the stitches and marks so close up and personal. Here her work is next to the intricate and beautiful work of Marijke van Welzen.


Alicia Merrett's beautiful quilted maps stand out with her use of colour, and the simple lines and shapes and textures which make up her distinctive work.


More of Elizabeth Brimelow's thoughtful work celebrating fabrics and life's connections. This is "461 Days: A slice of My Life" with a piece of fabric to suit each day.

In a small exhibition space in the centre of the gallery is a special exhibit of four quilts from the Hellbeck Collection, loaned by the Blackett-Ord Family. The quilts were originally collected by Rosemary Blackett-Ord from 1950 onward, and the quilts themselves date from as far back as the 18th Century. Here I have placed details of the old quilts alongside work by Janice Gunner(top right of this photo) as I liked the juxtaposition of new and old, all hand stitched, old fabrics recycled.


Another fascinating piece is this huge shirt by Eszter Bornemisza, the question arises is it a quilt or not (2 layers of transparent fabrics with a layer air in between!)...I just loved the piece, for its scale and the way the fabrics were used.

so much to see and enjoy...its on until 23rd April so plenty of time to go again!

and later the same week I visited Tullie House in Carlisle for their exiting and thought provoking exhibition 'Radical Craft'. 

A mix of media including textiles, and some very interesting creations. I was especially interested in the way fabrics and textiles were used, and the pieces on show from the Nui Project, where garments are massively overworked with stitch, making very different surfaces.



"This touring exhibition from 'Craftspace' and 'Outside In' highlights the work of 34 international and UK artists who express their creativity beyond the bounds of taught convention, revolutionising the way we see modern craft. The featured artists are either historically renowned and associated with the 'Outsider Art' genre or contemporary artists, many of whom are self-taught and see themselves as facing barriers to the art world for reasons including health, disability, social circumstance or isolation."

altogether a grand week with 2 trips out providing me with lots of inspiration and food for thought.  

Spring time...new growth in all things!

hope you've been as inspired as I was!

 
Emmaxx



Saturday, 18 February 2017

Leith School of Art revisited...

although it was summer of 2014(!) when I went there, my brief 5 days at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh doing a sketchbook summer school has remained with me. My current obsession with paper, print and stitch may well have been born there! A week spent in those hallowed and messy art rooms, with kindred spirit students and inspiring tutors was unforgettable. I thought you might like a re-visit with me...

It was an intense week, living in the most amazing city during the Festival was exiting, and walking the streets every day was an inspiration in itself. Add in art school, with free rein to experience and explore so much. It fired my desire to get back to my art roots and continue to develop myself as an artist. I would love to go back to college, maybe do a masters, but in the meantime I take every opportunity to learn and grow in my practice.

Here I am with my trusty camera, photographing everything from the plumbing pipes, floorboards to signs and painty sinks...










My treat this week was the purchase of The Mixed Media Artist by Seth Apter, showcasing 40 mixed media artists and their practice and inspiration. Great images, lots to read, look at and absorb...

I am still very much a textile artist but my work is evolving! Working in sketchbooks moved from being something scary to something I love thanks to a week in Leith!



have a peaceful and creative weekend...

Emmax