Book Making, Embroidery, Exhibitions, Printing, Uncategorized

Interesting Times – 10th February 2020

I am still pursuing ideas around frayed edges and unpicked seams and I hope extending my printing practice. Above the curved edge of the print, which is 30cm long I have embossed three lines of thread, not sure as I’m typing this whether they will show up. When it’s dry I will stitch a blank line of holes along the top. It will be a few weeks before I will be able to fold and complete the books, an edition of 4.

I have also folded and stitched together three books, they are double concertinas, front

and back. 

They come under a generic title of “In all Colours”. This is a quote from the middle of the C17th in a letter from London to the East India Company wanting chintzes with lots of colour. This was a time in England when printed colours were not colourfast and so washing made them faint or the colour ran, not so printing from India. This was magical and a status symbol if you had Indian Chintz.

I have had brilliant news in that I have been selected for Printfest in Ulveston in May and also for ‘Turn the Page’ Artists’ Book Fair in Norwich also in May. I have the ideas to complete a body of work for both events just need the time, I’m sure that i will find it.

My husband has been digitising old photographs and this one popped up of me in 1975

Book Making, Embroidery, General, Uncategorized

The Past is always Present – 23rd January 2020

Over the last couple of months I have been exploring, along with ‘Unpicked Seams’  the theme of ‘The Past is always Present’ and I have now completed two editions of 2 and 3 books.

I began with a piece of Indian embroidered silk which had been imported into England in about the year 1620, this is one of my earliest textiles, and I then developed ideas concerning its design, which evolved into chintz, something which we all know today. see here

However, during an email conversation with a fellow artist in Australia, thank you Fiona, a new twist emerged. A few weeks before Christmas I dug up in my garden a stone canon ball dating from the English Civil War 1642 – 7. It will sit in my palm and has a polished bottom to stop it from rolling about. There had been a skirmish in the village and I have several lead musket shot from those days. I should say that my house, although old, hadn’t been built then.

So it just shows that the past is present!!

Here they are.


Up and Running – December 26th 2019

I have missed posting my blog over the past few weeks whilst some technical problems have been sorted out. Writing the blog gives me the opportunity to gather and sort out ideas and the formalising of those thoughts into text is, I feel a worthwhile discipline.

I have taken several prints from the plate featured in my last blog and am pleased with the results, the free pieces over the straight edges worked well and give the idea of frayed edges. They are waiting to dry completely before folding into books.


As it is almost the end of the year I have covered a new sketchbook ( I use pieces of embroidery that I rediscover when I’m having a clear out). It’s good to know that there are plenty of ideas stored in the 2019 book for me to follow up.