Notes from the Studio

After a busy six months of teaching, community projects and admin, I’m choosing to shake things up. I’ll be dedicating two days each week to my practice. Working in my studio or a local cafe, I’ll be researching, sampling and creating a series of work inside boxes, tins and cases.

This isn’t my first project working with cases, in 2017, I was commissioned by the Love Arts Festival to create a piece of work inside a suitcase. We exhibited at a pop up gallery event with First West Yorkshire. For one day, a double decker bus became an art gallery, showing the work of Yorkshire based artists inspired by journeys. My suitcase was filled with embroideries, each telling the story of my travels around the Yorkshire Coast.

The starting point for this new collection of work will be two wooden boxes that belonged to my grandma. The boxes have been stored in our loft for the past few years and I was surprised to see that they were filled with objects from my grandparents house. Aspirin bottles, jewellery boxes and wallpaper fragments greeted me as I opened up these beautiful boxes.

My work has always had a strong connection to objects and places so starting with my personal stories has allowed me to tackle some new pieces using research I have collected as part of other projects including Archive and Deconstruct/Reconstruct.

I’m a process led artist, so I love to start with fabric right away, planning and adjusting ideas and pieces as I go. My dedicated studio time allows me to work on hand embroideries that take a few hours, telling a story with each line of stitches. My first samples are centred on a jewellery box that belonged to my grandma.

The box has a very fragile paper lining which I’m planning to cover with hand embroidered fabric, starting with the lid. I’m looking to my maps of the village where I grew up, creating a stitched design inside the box. It wouldn’t be a collection of my work without a pin cushion or two. This piece is nestled inside a jewellery box from Cornwall.

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Conductive Thread Embroidery

Have you visited the amazing Workshop in Leeds? A cafe, haberdashery and all round creative space in Headingley. They offer a great programme of creative workshops and I’ve been working with them to offer a conductive thread embroidery class on Sunday 14 July from 11am to 1pm.

Learn the traditional craft of hand embroidery, I will guide you through the basics of hand embroidery where you will learn how to create your own geometric stitched image using a variety of embroidery stitches including back stitch, chain stitch and blanket stitch.

Once you have completed your embroidered design onto calico fabric, you will learn how to create your own soft circuit using conductive thread to light up an LED in your design.

This workshop is suitable for beginners to embroidery and all materials and equipment will be provided. Click here to book your tickets through the Workshop website.

Conductive Thread Applique

I will be running a conductive thread applique workshop in the Drawing Room at Leeds Central Library. The class will be structured over two hours, on Saturday 6 July. During the class you will learn how to use fusible webbing to create an applique picture with cotton fabrics. Your picture will be illuminated by an LED, stitched into the piece with a soft circuit, using conductive thread and a 3V battery.

All materials and equipment will be provided along with Tea and Coffee. The class will run from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Click here to book your place through Ticketsource

Mixed Media Embroidery Course

I will be running a mixed media embroidery course in the Drawing Room at Leeds Central Library. The course will be structured over six sessions, starting on Saturday 1 June. During the course you will learn how to use techniques like applique, free-motion embroidery and collage. You will use a variety of materials like fabric, paper and found objects to create experimental textiles.

The course will show you how to research, using the beautiful using the Art Library collections as your inspiration. You will develop a series of samples and produce a journal which records the processes you have learnt and inspire your future projects.

All materials and equipment will be provided along with Tea and Coffee. The course will run over six consecutive weeks: 1 June, 8 June,  15 June, 22 June, 29 June and 6 July from 1.30pm to 4pm. Click here to book your place through Ticketsource

Coming Soon…

Conductive Thread Applique

Learn the traditional craft of applique using fusible webbing and a range of cotton fabrics. Your fabric picture will be brought to life by a stitched circuit using conductive thread. Tickets will be sold through the Drawing Room on Ticketsource.