Wednesday, 21 September 2016

'Geode (139:15)’: Blingtastic Yarnfest!

Raiding my (extensive) stash for sheeny and shiny and glittery yarns for the interior. Beads too. I need it to glow in even low light conditions.....

Location:Cuckoo Fields,Chichester,United Kingdom

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

'Geode(139:15)': First Sighting

Rejected maquettes either side of the final version, cartoon-in-progress, colour reference from Sark stone. This one will be quite a challenge as it has fourteen panels with lots of spacers so that it draws up into a hollow form with a coloured interior, my usual 'stone' weft and texture on the outside and the necessary join hidden inside. The cartoon is 150cm long, so will just fit on the Ashford with a continuous warp. It should be a fairly quick weave as there are a lot of unwoven areas. My deadline is October 31st to enter it for a juried exhibition. 'Shrine' and 'Derrière II' have been entered for a couple already. Fingers etc. crossed!

Tomorrow I begin the yarn gathering......

The Big Loom is now 86% funded! Many thanks to the backers via this blog and elsewhere :) Go to if you would like to support the project. Any funds raised beyond the loom cost will go to buy the materials for the full size version of 'Shrine'.

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Location:Home Studio

Monday, 12 September 2016

Photo Shoot: 'Shrine' and 'Derriere II'

All Over (and no Shouting!)

The Textile Art show 'Fabulous!' which I curated was taken down yesterday. We garnered good reviews from the public, and a lot of support for another one in 2018. I am a relieved and happy bunny.

While invigilating I worked on the new maquette, and have finalised the size and shape - always a pivotal moment. Now to gather yarns and do some sampling. I also came up with a new idea before breakfast! Another 3D form, based on some lines from East Coker - I do love the Four Quartets. It will mean a return to the ring loom as it is a collapsed bowl form that I envisage. It is always pleasing when the creative juices are flowing, even when I am very tired.

This morning I did an outdoor photo shoot of 'Shrine' and 'Derrière' so that I have some good images for exhibition entries and postcards.

Funding for the big loom has reached £160 (of £500 target). Please pledge or spread the word; help take my practice to the next level!

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Friday, 9 September 2016

'Shrine': Finished and Exhibited

At the Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester PO19 1YH until Sunday 11th September.

is the link to a crowdfunding site I am using to finance the purchase of a loom in order to make the full size version. I am not usually one to ask for help, being fiercely independent, but the Soap Opera of my life in the last decade - in particular the last eighteen months - means that I have to.

In the meantime, I have started on a new maquette (paper so far) for a piece inspired by geodes and Psalm 139:15.
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