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.


Knit and Stitch Show 2015

Today I went to the Knit and Stitch Show at Alexandra Palace, London. It is a nightmare to get to but I always enjoy this show and come away inspired and with bags full of thread.

Here are some pics of my two favourite exhibitions – sorry about the quality.

Stella Harding
Second Nature

Stella is interested in exploring materiality and craft processes. She literally weaves her relationship with the natural world, manipulating line into complex abstract shapes using three-dimensional construction techniques derived from basketry.

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I have known Stella for a number of years as we were both on the Craft Council Hothouse programme at the same time. I am interested in the way her work has evolved and can’t wait to see how she develops the wire baskets which are a new addition to her portfolio.

Helen Pailing
Glass Stitch

Helen’s practice is about engaging with materials, transforming seemingly non-precious everyday materials into object, architectural interventions and installations.

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I wasn’t familiar with Helen’s work but I am drawn to her use of everyday objects.
At a residency that she undertook in 2013-14 she made an object a day for a year. I love the results, examples of which are on her website.

The Knitting and Stitching Show
Alexandra Palace, London
7th-11th October 2015

UCA@OXO – Some of my favourite pieces

I have spent the day invigilating the UCA Farnham exhibition at the OXO Tower Gallery, SE1. We have been really busy but I did get a chance to snap a few shots of some of my favourite pieces. I don’t want to spoil the show if you are planning to come along and there is still plenty to see but hopefully this will give you a taster.

Christine Johnson – MA Jewellery

Georgina Downey – BA Glass

Joana Antunes – BA Glass

Joanna Lloyd
Joanna Lloyd – MA Glass

Leona Read – BA Ceramics

Lois Bellew
Lois Bellew – MA Textiles

Natsumi Aragaki – MA Jewellery

Penelope Clayden – MA Textiles

Rosie Baxter – MA Textiles

Sadie Chesterman-Bailey – MA Jewellery

Tami Ishida – MA Glass

And finally, here is a photo of the work that I have in the exhibition.
I am currently investigating our interaction and relationship with objects in internal and external space. In the series of short films I am wrapping and unwrapping found objects to explore the psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott’s theory of transitional objects in potential space and the mirroring process between the primary carer and infant in the development of self.


The exhibition is on until the 27th September 11am-6pm daily at the OXO Tower Gallery, Barge House St, London  SE1 9PH


I am involved in an exhibition at the OXO Tower gallery, Barge House St, London  SE1 9PH from the 16th – 27th September 2015. The exhibition showcases the work of students from UCA Farnham and consists of glass, ceramics, jewellery, textiles, metalwork and product design.

It coincides with London Design Week so if you are up in town please do come along and have a look as there is some amazing pieces on show, some of which are for sale.

The gallery is open from 11am – 6pm daily.

The piece on the invite below is actually my work and is the star of a film I have produced for the exhibition exploring our interaction with objects in internal and external space.


Wet & Wild 1 – July Session

Last month (yikes I can’t believe it is August) at Wet & Wild 1 we looked at paper lamination. I really like this process as it is an easy way to make a permanent stencil, that you can just pin over your fabric to print with. The advantage of this over silkscreens if you are working from home, is that you can make them any size up to the size of your print table and they are easy to wash out and they are not bulky to store.

The other advantage of paper lamination is that if you choose the right images to start with, you can make some great pieces that can be developed into final artwork in their own right. Quite a few people came away from this session with pieces that would look amazing with just a bit of stitch added.

I am sure if you have never heard or seen any paper lamination before you probably have no idea what I am talking about as it is not the easiest process to explain, but hopefully the following photos will give you a bit of a clue.

Selecting images 1. Pat choosing suitable images.

Laying out pages 2. Janet laying out images to create the stencil.

Printed design 3. Stencil fabric with matt medium print on it.

Removing paper 2 4. Hilary rubbing away the excess paper.

Studio wall 5. Voila, the final stencils.

These two came out particularly well and could go on to be made into final artwork.

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As always there was also plenty of time to review previous work and continue with pieces from earlier sessions.

Yet another great weekend, Everyone worked hard, helped each other and as always made the studio a supportive and creative place to be.

Sorry I am a bit late posting this, it has been a super busy month.