A great Open studio at The Oyster Bay house, Lots of visitors over the weekend over 350 people to explore our work. I made a few new pieces for the space. I was really pleased with seedheads a work made from a artichoke plant in my garden. I noticed the beauty of the seed that were flying out of it when it went to seed and thought what can I do to highlight its beauty. I was happy with the piece and the way people interacted with it. It looked wonderful in the changing light of the day.. I also made a piece about ‘fast fashion’ on dressmakers pattern paper & a stitched piece ‘ who controls your algorithms’ a faint piece to see reflecting the idea. I embroidered another small canvas ‘do we really care’ an environmental piece on the state of the bee population and insects in general.
Getting work ready for open studio this year my work will be in a new space. Oyster Bay House on the creekside in Faversham, Iron wharf. A great space to exhibit. I have been exploring many topics that inspire me, both environmental and also touching on politics and AI. October 20th/21st are the dates for the open studio.
Working on a selection of hats and accessories for the the Winter markets. Lenham mid-winter market is on the 17th/18th November. A great tithe barn with lots of lovely stalls to visit. December brings Christmas markets in Faversham.
This year so far has been a busy time for experimentation. Both in making and growing vegetables on my allotment. Growth and the natural environment is a big inspiration to my artwork and also in my use of colour.
An interesting Summer creating and making new pieces for winter Fayres. This year I have a number booked, Farnham maltings being a new two day venture at the end of October 28th and 29th, looking forward to that. Then lenham Cloth and Clay is back with their two day Fayre,November 18th/19th . Faversham Christmas markets and Kings School fayre to name a few.
Also exhibitions at the Purifier for the hop festival with Ruth Payne September 2nd/3rd. Later for the Open studios sharing the space with two other artists. Open studios is on 14th/15th and 21/22nd this year, open 11 to 4 on both days, we are only doing two weekends this year.
So lots to do!
Also playing uke with the Market Inn Strummers having had a number of successful gigs so far this year! Then there is dancing so much to do so little time!
October was a busy month with Artists Open Studios at the Purifier. I shared the space with three other artists.
A mixture of interesting work. I had some small paintings, environmental works and my hats and jewellery. This represents what I am currently working on.
July was a very busy month with a inpromtu ‘rebellious’ intervention as part of the JAM on the Marsh. It was a very successful event with many taking part in our ‘Blindspot’reBELLious intermission, all receiving a postcard with their sound piece printed out to takeaway as an artwork to go!
The purifer building hosted a group of four of us to show a selection of work for their open houses weekends. I made a selection of work largely environmental based in relation to the creekside which runs along the purifier building. There was also a piece that I had to make to comment on Brexit!
This year I collaborated with Kim Barnicott to create the ‘Rarebreeds hattery’ for the the 3rd Faversham hat festival, Easter weekend. This work was an installation based in the Alexander centre. Set up in the foyer for people to interact and try to tame and wear a rarebreed, it was a multi-sensory installation with birdsong and a wild natural garden for the rare breeds to feel safe in!
It was great fun and got people to commune with the lesser spotted hats that exist in our community!
Broken Tears Festival in Amsterdam is the next event. I am presenting work from the ‘thread of life’ series I am working on and speaking about my work.