James Bartholomew

I just love ‘immediate’ vibrant artwork in most guises and, in my humble opinion, James Bartholomew is one of the best when it comes to animals.  He doesn’t overwork and lose the vivacity and vibrancy of the subject but at the same time the detail is still wonderful.  I just …

Our leak problems

Gosh it is a long time since I posted – so sorry to all.  We had a big problem at home with a water pipe connection giving way in our lounge ceiling – see photo.  We’ve been drying out over the last 3 weeks and everything has been at sixes …

Ten Plus @ Bankfield

It isn’t always easy to find good textile exhibitions – especially now that attended City & Guilds courses are becoming rarer and rarer.  However it is invaluble when working on a course or as a textile artist to be able to view the work of others, allowing it to inspire …

Book Recommendation

I don’t usually make too many recommendations in the book department – it’s a personal preference to a great extent and what one person likes another will hate. However, as so many students mention the design side of the course and that they would like to improve on their design …

Art Supplies

After a lovely few days staying with friends in Kent, I have returned full of enthusiasm (sort of !!) and also really pleased to be able to pass on a great new art supplier I found completely by chance as we were walking through the lesser trodden ways of Canterbury. It’s …

Beads Up North

As usual, Gordon Halfpenny is running the Beads up North show at Haydock Park Racecourse this year on the 28th July.  It’s a single day event from 10-4.  You can find out more at the address below http://www.beadsupnorth.co.uk/ Gordon also has a shop and mail order business situated in Accrington …

WorkSpace – good and bad points

Some of your will already know that I’ve been having work done at home.  It’s now at the stage that I have had to make some decisions about my new workroom.  It got me thinking about what’s vital, unessential and nice to have if possible. I also guess this will …

Textile Trail at Stroud this weekend

36 artists and designers are opening their doors on  11 & 12 and 18 & 19 MAY 2013 Now in the third year the Select Trail 2013 offers work from textile and contemporary craft makers who live and work in the glorious Stroud Valleys. You are assured of a warm …

It’s good to keep in touch…………Don’t Procrastinate!

Procrastination – a fancy word to describe the condition of people who chronically postpone and put off things they know they should be doing – procrastinators in other words. Procrastination is now a respectable subject for psychological study.  Believe it or not, there is actually an international conference run on …