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 …

Stitch Article

We’ve had a lovely article done on one of our students in Stitch magazine.  Abi Barcay is one of our New Zealand students who has done Level 3 certificate and is now just completing her Diploma with us.  You can download the full article from our Facebook group in the …

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 …

Workbox Magazine

Lovely to see the front cover of Workbox Magazine with a photo of one of my samples – got quite a shock (a pleasant one!!) when I saw their tweet last night. There is also a great article inside on SST with our student and tutor work included, alongside lots …

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 …