Here is an image of the postcard I have just sent off to Mexico. The exhibition is called ‘Travelling Tapestry: Textile Mail Art’ and will be held at The Museo Textil de Oaxaca (MTO – Textile Museum of Oaxaca) and the Museo de la Filatelia de Oaxaca (MUFI – Philately Museum of Oaxaca). I was in a bit of a quandry what to weave, it had to be postcard sized and that isn’t very big for tapestry, I thought of various things like a very British red postbox but everything was too detailed so I just went for the edge of the stamp and the franking mark. I love franked stamps, there is something wonderful about the way the circle is nearly there but tends to be interrupted by the thickness of the stamp itself and it goes a bit blobby.  It is best if it is still on the envelope but regretably these days the chance of seeing a franked stamp in your post is very slim. Technology eh? I always think the unfranked envelopes look sad, sort of unfinished or unused. Why the red background, lots of little reasons I guess, one is that although you can buy birthday cards with red envelopes many years ago when I worked in a sub postoffice technically you could not send anything in a red envelope, bright colours like that were against the rules. I found out recently that you can no longer send a parcel tied up with string, presumably because the string can get caught in the machinery. PJ thought it might be touch and go whether I could send the tapestry, it has to go just as it is sewn onto a piece of very thick card, not in an envelope or anything. I tied all the ends in to make sure there was no ‘string’ hanging out so fingers crossed it gets there okay.

I called this piece ‘Postcards Home’ which was also the name of the very first folk music album I bought by a singer called Bob Davenport. Brilliant LP, I think I’ve still got it somewhere.


I also spent today taking some photographs. I really must get to grips with the camera and I was going to do a photography/photoshop day at the beginning of July but it has been cancelled but I thought well, you bought some Calla lilies yesterday to photograph so get on with it. My favourites are these two, especially the first long thin one:


Back again

So, having promised to blog more often here I am.

The larger round blue piece is coming along nicely:IMG_0748

The blends are proving a little tricky, it is quite difficult to decide what blend I am using when I get to the end of a length of yarn so I have colour coded them with beads – I suppose a bit like lace bobbins. Not that I have ever done bobbin lace but I believe the beads on the end of the bobbins mean something to the lacemaker. I think most weavers put the number of the colour blend on the cartoon but my cartoons are always a loose in that respect.

The background turns very green in the top left hand corner and the yarn I thought was going to be the perfect green turns out not to be so there was a small amount of urgent dyeing some over the weekend, you can see the green just emerging around the top black spot on the left hand side. The highest part is about 2 inches from the middle so it is growing well.

It would be nice to know what it is ‘about’ as art seems to have to be about something. I am not quite sure what my work is about at the moment so any suggestions would be gratefully received.

I have recently heard that the second Heallreaf exhibition is almost definitely certainly (!) going to happen. It looks like the PV will be on the 5th May next year with the exhibition on from the 6th to the 13th. When I have absolutely definitely got agreement I will contact the jurers I am going to ask and then put out the call for entries. I am also hoping to get some Arts Council funding and take it to another gallery but I cannot do anything on that score until I get the West Dean end of it confirmed.

So no rant after all

In the last blog I promised another rant but it was so long ago I seem to have got over it. The rant was following the exhibition we saw at the Natural History Museum called ‘Otherworlds. Visions of our Solar system’ which was a photographic exhibition by Michael Benson, featuring original music by Brian Eno. The music was excellent but I cannot get it as a CD. The whole exhibition was really good but the rant was that it seems to be the thing to do to go to an exhibition with your ipad and simply take photo’s of each exhibit and the writing on the wall telling you about it. Consequently you do not stop to look at the work at all, you take it home and maybe look at it again on your ipod. Sigh!

Since then I have been to two other exhibitions, one of Rebecca Salter’s work and the second at the Barbican by Imran Qureshi. The one at the Barbican is on til 10th July and I recommend it, well, they were both well worth visiting but Rebecca’s has finished now but please do look at her website to see her lovely work. They were very different exhibitions and certainly the one at the Barbican you could not have taken your ipad in to photograph, it was very dark except for the spotlights on the individual works. The work made me want to rush off and use gold again, so beautiful yet so dark. If I am up in town before 10th July I will go again, one look wasn’t enough. The Georgia O’Keefe at the Tate Modern starts on the 6th July so maybe I can see them both on the same day. If it is as good I hope I may have to go to the Georgia O’Keefe more than once which would probably make it worth joining the Tate.

So, what are you up to now I hear you ask. Well, I’ve gone circular, which isn’t surprising really. Firstly I wove bubbles, then I wove 3d spheres and now I am weaving circular tapestries. The first two are only about 25 centimetres in diameter, the third is about 70 centimetres.

This was the first:

Blue 2


And this was the second:

BLue - Forties

Ooh – that’s a bit blurred but you get the idea.

And this is the current one.

Blue three


The black bits are chenille – as well as gold I have started a love affair with chenille. This is because when you put it into a tapestry the light doesn’t reflect off it so it looks like a hole. Well, it does to me anyway. I am about a third of the way up this one at the moment and would like to finish it by the end of the month but we will see, I started it on the 20th May so when people ask me how long it took I can tell them. Don’t they always ask? And is it really important? I am not so sure but you will have heard me witter about that already.

I have definitely gone back to bubbles and spheres and started looking at the work of the scientist Helen Czerski who researches bubbles especially in foam as the connection between the sea and the air. I have also gone back to reading a book by Peter Sloterdijk which I got whilst at college. It is interesting that it has taken me nearly a year since finishing college to pick up a book and I seem to understand what I am reading, unlike when I was at college. There was just no headspace at all and I don’t know why. I have only just started doing the sort of work I should have done at college.

Sorry this blog has turned out a long one. I must try to blog more often but smaller. Apparently as an artist you should spend 50% of your time producing work and 50% of your time marketing, blogging and trying to sell your work generally. That just isn’t enough studio time as far as I am concerned.