New Year, New Challenges

Converse Selfie with Peg Board
Converse Selfie with Peg Board

It’s been a while since my last blog post, I’ve had a break from the studio and my teaching over Christmas which has been great.  It’s been a bit of a shock getting back to work!

January is a time for reflection for many of us, looking at the past twelve months and setting new challenges for the year ahead. The Christmas break gave me a chance to update my diary and think about what 2018 has in store for me.

In September, my solo exhibition Archive & Other Stories opens at Whitby Museum. I’ll be working with Ellie Harrison and the rest of the wonderful team on The Grief Series, an exciting collaborative project. I will also be teaching workshops in new venues including The Arts Council Collection and Leeds Libraries.

My first week in the studio has been a busy one, making workshop samples for my series of Creative Upcycling workshops. I’ve also been creating new pieces for Archive & Other Stories based on the narwhal skeleton at Whitby Museum. It’s been great to work with the super talented Mat Dale who photographs my work, there will be some new galleries added to my website in the coming weeks so watch this space.

My Creative Upcycling workshops will be held in the Drawing Room at Leeds Central Library, a beautiful space next to the specialist Art Library. I’m now taking bookings for January and March through my Eventbrite page. These sessions give you the skills to  embellish, repair and recycle existing clothing.

Creative Upcycling - Embroidery & Applique
Creative Upcycling – Embroidery & Applique

I’ve never been one to set New Year’s Resolutions but I do like to think about things I’d like to work on or do over the coming months. This list includes:

  • Drawing more
  • Learning some new embroidery stitches
  • Collaborating with other artists
  • Doing some creative writing
  • Spending more time in the studio
  • Visiting more museums and galleries

I’m looking forward to sharing my journey with you and seeing what new work develops in 2018. You can find out more by following me on social media (links in the sidebar).