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.



Picking up the threads – 25th November 2019

The past few weeks have been somewhat disjointed, there have been trips away, a rotten cold that lingered and the tidying up the garden for the winter. I often say to people that i garden in the summer and print and make books in the winter. It isn’t quite lake that but I’m sure that you get the idea.

I have been trying to gather my thoughts together for a new phase in my work and a phrase kept coming back to me – “The Past is always Present”. This could be seen on many levels and can evoke several ideas. So I stuck with it and found many connections with unpicked seams and what lies beyond the edges, ideas that I have pursued earlier this year.

The past is always present in the textiles where there are marks (unpicked seams, worn holes, loose threads, restyling) telling tales about past history and so holding memories of previous lives of people as well as the fabrics.

So I went back to an early piece in my textile collection – a 1620 import from India to Europe, silk embroidery to cotton with a raw silk backing, it shows the beginnings of the designs of what we call Chintz.


And I made a plate with cut out design edges which has been sealed and waiting to be printed, hope it works!



One step forward, one step back – 4th November 2019

We have been having some technical problems with the images on my blog, so I’m posting this one with text only and hopefully by the next time …….

I’m not really one for quotes but this one popped up on Pinterest, (where there are studio images of all my books) – “These are not grey hairs, they are wisdom highlights”. It wasn’t attributed, but valid just the same especially as I am at that time of life.

Several years ago I came across Micheal James, a leading American quilt maker and I bought the catalogue from ‘Iconographies’ and he says about this work

“I’m happy if the viewer wants to come along for the ride, but I’m equally content to go it alone. At its core, art making is a personal and singular enterprise, and the object only its manifestation.”

This idea resonates with me, especially as I’m trying hard at the moment to drag words and source material together to form a basis of a new body of print and book making.

Hopefully more next time with images of my progress