Saturday, 25 May 2013

Keeping Up the Pace

Happy with an afternoon's work. This morning I re-blocked out 'Thread of Grace' ready for stitching to birch ply. It has to be shipped this week.

I had a tea break in the hidden garden and discovered that a pair of blue-tits are nesting in a hole in the medieval wall. Was also serenaded (or warned off?) by a sparrow.

A good day.

Location:The Dungeon

Friday, 24 May 2013

Back to Work

The beginning of the spire 'ribs' and gimmel.

This is by Yehuda Amichai

'there I saw hope barbed as barbed wire.
And I said to myself: that's true, hope needs to be
like barbed wire to keep out despair,
hope must be a minefield'
From Israeli Travel: Otherness Is All, Otherness Is Love
Planning another studio day tomorrow, and maybe Sunday afternoon too, depending on the weather. I am going on a Creative Development Course led by Philip Sanderson and Michael Brennand-Wood next week, so need to make up for absence from the loom!!

Location:The Dungeon

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

'Nuff Said



Back to the Rubble

I have been filling in the area between rach and the rubble over the last day and a half, ready to move up a layer once I come back from a short break at Mum and Dad's. And a wedding on Saturday!

Location:The Dungeon

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Pecha Kucha Video

Location:Pallant House Gallery

Friday, 10 May 2013


It took seven and a half intense hours in the studio- about six of actual weaving, interspersed with refreshment and back stretching breaks - but I have finished the rach of goder (restorer). I did have to do a bit of unweaving and reblending to make the streaks look right, but that will stand me in good stead for the next character.

Lazy evening in prospect!

Location:The Dungeon

Yesterday's Progress

I should get to the top of the rach by the end of today. Blending the very subtly different blue wefts is most enjoyable, and I have found a way of interlocking with the background which means no stitching. Hoorah!
I was the final speaker last evening, but they were all still awake (and sober) and it seemed to go well - they laughed in the right places! It was good to hear and see about other artists' spaces and creative practice - and to find what we have in common - procrastination and studio envy but the urge to make work which overcomes both of these.
Today's treat will be to read 'Weaving as Metaphor', the Sheila Hicks exhibition catalogue with an essay by Arthur Danto. It is almost impossible to get hold of, so I am very grateful to WD library for borrowing it on an inter library loan. I have it until June 8th, so will immerse myself in it until then. It is one of those books which has lovely content and sumptuous paper with rough edges to the pages. A pleasure to handle. I want to make some books as some of the smaller works for the exhibition. Books and tiny tapestries in packages. I did some of the latter for my MFA show but it is a theme not yet exhausted in my imagination.
Time to finish my tea and get to the studio........

Location:The Dungeon

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

No Fixed Abode

Tomorrow evening 6pm - 8pm I am taking part in a Pecha Kucha night at Pallant House Gallery, one of several artists talking about our studio spaces. Seven minutes and twenty images each.
Should be fun!


Tuesday, 7 May 2013


The dates for my exhibition have been confirmed today:

Tuesday 5th November - Wednesday 27th November

Better get weaving!

Location:Chichester Cathedral

Friday, 3 May 2013


Did between four and five hours at the loom today; feeling much cheered!

Location:The Dungeon

Thursday, 2 May 2013

I Need..... up my weaving rate!

Location:The Dungeon

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