Knitting Challenge

This is always the time of year when I go crazy just trying to get Christmas presents knitted, this year I just have the one though – a jumper for Owen. After Christmas 2012 I decided to stop knitting presents for the whole family and I must admit, it’s led to a much calmer December.  This year I took up the Debenhams knitting challenge (#DebsKnittingChallenge) and it’s kept me really focussed.  Usually my timing is a little off so I’m often sewing in ends or blocking Owen’s Christmas…

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Open Studios November 2014

We had our annual Open Studios last weekend and this was our busiest year yet. Yorkshire Artspace do a fantastic job and all the studio holders make such an effort  to show their studios off to all the visitors.  Unfortunately I was still struggling to shake this virus that arrived, went away, and then came back 3 days before our Open studios started. I spent two days in bed so by the time we were open on Friday I wasn’t feeling my best and by the end…

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Studying again

I have taken on another new exciting project, I’ve gone back to university part time to study for a Textiles degree. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time but I could never find the right time, the right course, or the money to do it to be honest. I’ve opted for a distance learning course that will fit in around my printing business as I really didn’t want to put that to one side whilst I studied. Also I wasn’t sure how…

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More places to print

Now this may sound a little greedy but I now have not just one but three places to print. Since I last wrote I have been for my induction and first session at Sheffield Print Club run by my good friend Jane, of Leaf City Press. I’ve also been accepted on to the AA2A program making me an artist in residence at Sheffield Hallam University, which of course gives me full access to their print room. Both of these places have given me the chance to…

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The British Woven Collection AW14

This is something has been in the planning for many months, and has been a dream of mine for even longer. I’m very proud to present my new collection for AW14, British Woven. The collection features a selection of my most popular prints, in comforting  tones for autumn and winter and printed on a custom woven fabric, made for me by a mill in Lancashire. This new collection features the following designs: Bloom, Frond, Thorns, Deco, Thunderbolt and Bird Brolly. I’ve had so much fun choosing…

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Looking for a studio share?

Updated 14/8/14 The studio share is now no longer available, thanks to everyone who enquired. I’ve been on my own in my studio for about a month now and it’s time to face the inevitable situation that I knew would crop up sooner or later; either to find a bit of extra part time work or look for a like minded person to share my studio with.  We now have 2 studios to fund in our house as well as supporting Owen whilst he starts…

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Matisse Cut Outs

I went to see the Matisse exhibition at the Tate Modern the very first chance I could get, I was there one of the first weeks and the exhibition was simply breathtaking. So there was no doubt that I was going to quickly book a ticket for the Live at the Tate screening of behind the scenes at the Matisse exhibition.  The film was shown last night simultaneously in cinemas across in the country, I caught it at the Showroom Cinema and it didn’t disappoint.…

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Both busy and bored

The past 6 weeks have been full of contrasts, going from extremely busy work filled days to very empty days due to recovering from illness. The busy days are always fun, if a little hectic and I’ll admit that whilst I’ve been ill, I have got a little bored, but it’s been nice to have a good rest and recuperate. In amongst all of this me and Owen have been trying to make a plan come together and unfortunately it hasn’t, but we won’t be deterred or…

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New SS14 fabric collection: Botany

I’m delighted to introduce Botany, my new hand printed fabric collection featuring three brand new designs; Bloom, Bud and Frond.  This collection takes its inspiration from studies of Yorkshire plants and flowers and is printed is fresh Spring and Summer brights and pastels.  I hope you love the new designs and colours and find something here that can add a splash of colour to your home. Bloom is available in Sunflower, Ticked Pink, Lime Burst and Electric Blue. Bud is available in Lemonade, Spice, Meadow…

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Artists Textiles Picasso to Warhol

This is just the kind of exhibition that comes up once in a blue moon and I just HAD to see it.  I was planning a trip to London for a few meetings and I made it all work so that I could also take a trip to Bermondsey and spend a couple of hours at the Fashion and Textile Museum.  For a fabric designer this exhibition is heaven and whilst I had seen most of the fabrics before in books, there was nothing like…

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