Temporal Connections

Temporal Connections

I am taking part and helping to curate the PhD Student Exhibition – Temporal Connections. The exhibition explores the relationship between culture and time through practice.

If you are in the area please come and have a look at the exhibition and see the exciting research being undertaken by students at UCA.

Continuum 1 – Makers return to Menier

I am currently taking part in a show at the Menier Gallery in London with Craft Continuum as part of the London Design Festival. The exhibition is only on for another couple of days but if you are in the London Bridge area this Friday or Saturday please come and have a look round.

Craft Continuum is an eclectic group of makers specialising in textiles, glass, ceramics, sculpture, drawing, collage, photography and jewellery. It was formed in 2016 by a core of new MA graduates from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham and held its inaugural exhibition Makers at Menier at the Menier Gallery in London.

One year on the group, together with an invited selection of UCA PhD students and fine artists from West Dean College, has reunited to showcase their developing practices.

19-23 September 2017
Menier Gallery, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU
Tuesday – Friday 11.00am – 6.00pm
Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm


Lois Bellew – textiles


Jo Lovelock – textiles


Jennie Jewitt-Harris – fine art


Teresa Munn – ceramics


Shuai (Queenie) Yuan – jewellery


Tami Ishi – glass


Moya Tosh – ceramics / Christine Johnson – jewellery


GalleryGallery Exhibition in Japan

I have just come back from two weeks in Japan where I had the fantastic opportunity to exhibit my work alongside Naoya Dois at the prestigious GalleryGallery in Kyoto. Organised by Prof Lesley Millar, the aim of the exhibition was to promote the MA course at UCA Farnham.





The Private View was held on the Saturday evening. We then went out to dinner with the gallery owner Keiko Kawashima a number of the internationally famous Japanese artists. Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, we had an amazing time.

We gave a presentation at the Kyoto City University of Arts about our work and I took some sample for the students to look at. Despite the language barrier the students were very interest and asked lots of questions.

Being in Japan for the first two weeks of the new year gave me the chance to take part in many Japanese New Year traditions, and to undertake preliminary research into talismanic objects for my MPhil/PhD.

I hope I get the opportunity to return again as I found Japan to be such a beautiful and inspiring country.

UCA Farnham MA Graduation Show 2016

Just a quick reminder that the UCA MA Graduation Show starts this week.

University for the Creative Arts
Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS

30 August – 2 September 9.30am-5.15pm
3 September 10am-4pm
Private View – 1 September 5pm-8pm

The exhibition includes Animation, Ceramics, Documentary Practices, Fine Art, Glass, Illustration, Jewellery, Journalism, Product Design and Textiles.

Here is a sneak preview of some of the work that will be on show in the Contemporary Crafts section.

Final Project Web pics
Jo Lovelock, MA Textiles – Emotional Baggage and Knot My Problem II

Lois Bellew MA Memory REconstructed
Lois Bellew, MA Textiles – Memory Reconstructed

Christine Johnson Optical pendants (2)
Christine Johnson, MA Jewellery, Optical pendants

Teresa Munn abstract shadows 3 web
Teresa Munn, MA Ceramics – Abstract shadows

If you can’t make the MA show a selection of the contemporary craft and product design work will be at Makers at Menier, 51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU 6th-9th September 11am-6pm, 10th September 11am-4.30pm.

Menier Invite-1


Diana Harrison – Working in Cloth

There is currently a fantastic exhibition of Diana Harrison’s work on at the Craft Study Centre in Farnham, Surrey.

I was very fortunate to be tutored by Diana whilst study for my BA(Hons) at Farnham and her work has been a great source of inspiration for me ever since. She includes stitching, discharging, burning and bleaching in her pieces, creating complex surfaces and patterns. I don’t want to spoil the exhibition by showing images of the work so I have just shown below some examples from her material references and sampling  display.


The exhibition runs from the 9 August – 8 October 2016.
Craft Study Centre, UCA Farnham, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS

Diana is giving a lecture on the 5 October, reception 5-6pm, lecture 6-7pm £5 advanced booking required and there is a Private View on the 17 September 1.30-3.30pm.
All welcome.

Alternatively why not combine it with a visit to the MA Show at UCA Farnham, which runs from the 30 August – 2 September 9.30am-5.15pm, 3 Sept 10am-4pm. My MA work is being shown in the Contemporary Craft space along with glass, ceramics, textiles, jewellery and product design.

Designer Crafts on the Mall 2016

Unfortunately this exhibition finishes tomorrow but I was really impressed with some of the new licentiate members.

I particularly liked the following but there was actually lots of really interesting and inspiring work.

Amanda Woollard
Dark Corners
Amanda chose to create a body of responses to the subject of mental health inspired by a former patient of the West Riding Pauper and Lunatic Asylum during the mid-nineteenth century. She used embroidered text and florals to express the beauty which lies beneath the surface of the dark sinister elements of the narrative.


Holly Hart
Holly creates artwork inspired by her childhood memories. She constructs delicate and intricate structures which are influenced by scenes from her grandparents garden, capturing the enchanting and fairytale qualities which the garden and its inhabitants possessed when she was a child.


Susi Clark
In Praise of Shadows
Susi is inspired by the play of light, dark and shadows in the interpretation of space. She takes some of the themes discussed by Junichiro Tanazaki and explores them by using shadow in the colour and structure of her weaving.


Miriam Rose
Miriam’s work was created to record the legacy of her father, one shared by many other displaced Polish and Jewish families as a result of the second world war. The pairs of paper laminated cloth suggest a 3D family tree, revealing snatches of the unfolding story glimpsed through the images.



I also found the work of current member Batool Showghi very interesting.

Batool Showghi
Her work is based on her experience of living in Iran and dealing with the issues of memory, identity and loss. She uses the mediums of photography, collage, acrylic and mixed media to convey the issues she is addressing and the thread and stitching symbolise  the restrictions of movement and confinement.

12 – 21 August 2016
The Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1



The View from Here

The ViewSeven exhibition ‘The View from Here’ is on at The Menier Gallery, London SE1 until the 28th November.

The exhibition explores how the members take their inspiration from the world around them and the world within them – the external and internal landscape. It is the groups second exhibition at this venue and it is fascinating to see how their work has developed over the last two years.

I sorry about the quality of the photos but I was too busy have a good time and catching up with everyone at the Private View to take many pics.

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The View From Here
24 – 28th November 2015

The Menier Gallery, Old Chocolate Factory,
51 Southwark Street, London SE1 1RU

Studio 21: The Sewing Machine Project

I needed to get this blog up quickly as unfortunately the Studio 21 exhibition, The Sewing Machine Project finishes on Sunday 8th November. If you can, I highly recommend you visit the exhibition which is on at South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA. It is great venue but doesn’t benefit from people passing by as it is tucked away at the back of the centre.

The exhibition is all about the sewing machine and the themes range from mechanics, decoration and operation to personal, cultural, political and social histories.

I don’t want to spoil the exhibition but here a few photos to give you an idea of the work on show.

Judy Drysdale
In-between, Interactive Lines

Judy Drysdale

Mary Morris
On Track

Mary Morris

Amarjeet Nandhra

Amarjeet Nandhra

Consuelo Simpson
45 days and 10 washes

Consuelo Simpson

Debbie Lyddon

Debbie Lyddon

Denise Jones

Denise Jones

Studio 21: The Sewing Machine Project
South Hill Park Arts Centre, Ringmead, Bracknell RG12 7PA
27 Oct-7 Nov 11am-6pm
8 Nov 11am-4pm

Art MAsters 2015 – Reflection

I am currently half-way through my MA in Textiles at UCA Farnham. A couple of weekends ago I took part in the Art MAsters Show at The Old Truman Brewery, London and realised the importance of seeing my work in context with other practitioners exploring the same area of interest as me. For me, the show felt like the completion of my first year and I now feel ready to start a new body of work combining the knowledge that I have learnt over the past year with my previous sources of inspiration.

Below are some photos of my work from the exhibition and other artists in the show whose work really resonated with me.

Art MAsters

Internal Objects, 2015
Exploring our ability to internalise people and objects, I have wrapped found vessels with thread to represent the body as a container for emotion.

Internal Objects

Introjection & Projection, 2015
Referencing the mirroring relationship between mother or primary carer and infant in the early stages of development, this series of short films and wrapped found objects highlight the role of the transitional object as it moves between internal and external reality during the formation of self.

Introjection & Projection

Introjection & Projection Film Stills

Little Madnesses, 2015
Capturing the spirit of the first ‘not-me’ possession in the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott’s theory of transitional objects and potential space, my ‘Little Madnesses’ investigate the evocative term Winnicott gave to people’s most intensely felt enthusiasms within the sphere of creativity.

Little Madnesses

Ali Darke

Ali’s sculptural installations reveal the landscapes, inhabitants and dramas of an inner world. She delves into a transitional space between fantasy and reality, a liminal hinterland littered with the residue of lived experience.

Ali Darke

Lucinda Burgess
Lucinda Burgess creates installations that register in some way the actions of the viewer, causing them to change direction and enabling them to perceive the work differently.

Lucinda Burgess

Lucy Andrews
Lucy Andrews work opens a dialogue on our involvement with the world. She investigates where human beings stand in relation to nature, the cosmos and our relationship with surroundings. ‘Vestige’ is an investigation of the human body’s experience of water, the experience of immersion and the dissolution of the body in water.

Lucy Andrews

Veronica Shimanovskaya
Veronica Shimanovskaya’s paintings are part of a series of exploratory work concerned with the moment of emergence. The most important part of the work is staying in the moment connected with paint, its fluidity or viscosity, colours and their behaviour towards each other, bring to life unique combinations and unrepeatable forms.

Veronica Shimanovskaya

Art MAsters 2015

I am exhibiting at Art MAsters 2015 at The Old Truman Brewery this weekend. The exhibition is being promoted as work by the latest MA Fine Art graduates but some how I managed to sneak in!

If you are up in town please come along as having read some of my fellow exhibitors artist statements it sounds like it is going to be a great exhibition.

Here is a preview of some of my work – focusing on psychoanalytical object relations theory and the notion of transitional objects, I am currently exploring our connection and interaction with objects in internal and external space.

Little Madnesses

Little Madnesses, 2015

film stills

Introjection & Projection – film stills, 2015

Internal Objects

Internal Objects, 2015

The exhibition is on from the 15 – 18 October
Art Masters 2015, The Old Truman Brewery
F Block G4, Ely’s Yard, 15 Hanbury Street, E1 6QR
Private View 15th October 6.30-9.30pm
Exhibition open daily from 10am-6pm

There are lots of other art exhibitions also on at The Old Truman Brewery this weekend as part of ARTBLOCK.