Leigh Art Trail 2019

I’m currently exhibiting, with the sketchbook collective SEVEN, at the Leigh Art Trail, Leigh-on-sea. 8-15 June at Planet Leasing.

Our chosen theme…

This year we have each chosen an artist or art movement to develop our sketchbooks. Its a varied selection including Matisse, Hundertwasser, Rauschenburg, Surrealism and Oceania.

We’ve also made the decision to make our own books to work in – a challenge in itself!

We’re open all week Monday-Friday 12-5pm and Saturday 10-4pm.
Do pop by!

Turn the Page

Turn the Page is an annual book art fair held in Norwich at the Forum.

Books…but not as you know them.

Turn the Page

Following on from her Connecting Threads project, artist Gwen Simpson, was accepted to exhibit at Turn the Page.

Gwen had also wanted to produce a brochure documenting her Connecting Threads project. In support of the project, I designed the printed brochure below, which was available at Turn the Page.

To coincide with the exhibition, the fair also offered a series of free workshops throughout the day. Gwen had agreed to run a workshop and I volunteered to help her.

We asked participants to make a journal with a cloth cover that they could personalise with recycled textiles and kantha (running) stitch.

The images below are examples I had made to demonstrate how the covers could be stitched.

The workshop was to last an hour, so Gwen prepared kits of pre-punched signatures and pre-cut denim covers. Scraps of fabric, leftover from the large hanging, were provided along with a selection of embroidery threads.

The participants soon got involved in the workshop. It was fortunate that we were the last workshop of the day as everyone was so engrossed that we ran over time…no-one seemed to mind though!

Participants on the Connecting Threads workshop

Celebrate with stitch and collage

In March this year, I ran a workshop at the South East Essex Embroiderers’ Guild called ‘Celebrate with stitch and collage‘.

The idea was to make a greetings card using a mixture of paper and stitch to create a simple vase of flowers.

A mixture of patterned papers and text from old books were used to cut out simple flower and vase shapes. These were then glued to a greetings card and decorated using bold stitches using embroidery thread and embellished with buttons.

Here’s a small selection of the lovely pieces made…