This is a lovely local craft fair organised by Alnwick's very own Bailiffgate Museum. The museum is very much a people’s museum, where fascinating stories of the past are told about the town and district of Alnwick. The museum is independently run and housed in a beautiful old church in the town's historic quarter. In addition to the shop and museum displays downstairs, there is also a large gallery area upstairs where you can see a variety of exhibitions throughout the year.
The museum supports local artists and makers by selling their work in the museum shop and putting on regular art exhibitions. As the museum have hand-picked the all the stall holders you can expect the items on sale to be high quality and locally made. There'll also be tea, coffee and lots of homemade cakes. We'll be there selling our cards and prints and hope to see you there.
Friday 23rd (10am - 6pm) & Saturday 24th June 2017 (10am - 5pm).
Mitchells Lakeland Livestock Centre | Cockermouth | Cumbria | CA13 0QQ.
Preparing for new pictures using rare white Harris Tweed
Spring is finally coming to Rock Village in rural Northumberland and there are carpets of snowdrops and winter aconites. This has inspired me to want to create a couple of snowdrop pictures and so I went out taking photos yesterday.. The first picture will be all about spring with winter aconites and snowdrops. So I'm happy as I've now got lots of good photos to work from.
However, I want the second picture to be a wintery scene of snowdrops peeping through the snow. So I has planned to go out and a take a second lot of photos today as we were told in no uncertain terms that we would have a shed load of snow. But what have we got....no snow and loads of torrential rain instead!
Quite a few years ago I bought some rather special white Harris Tweed (also pictured above) and I'm going to use this for my snowdrops. As far as I'm aware, this is a very rare piece of fabric. The person who sold it to me told me that it had been woven specially to make a Harris Tweed wedding dress as part of the finale of a fashion show held at Stornoway in 2011 to celebrate the centenary year of the Harris Tweed ‘orb’ trademark. I've searched on the internet and found a supporting article and photo (see below) in The Hebridean News (click here to read.) I've certainly never seen any more white Harris Tweed since.and it is a very useful colour in my work. So I think I'm very lucky to have found it. All I need now is some snow before the snowdrops all disappear!
This is the final lineup of all my Harris Tweed paintings for the pop-up Left Bank Gallery exhibition from 13th - 25th March 2017 at the Harbour Cottage Gallery in Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland. Prints of all these images will also be for sale at the exhibition.
Prints and greetings cards of these all these images are also now available with free postage and packing from the PRINTS & CARDS page on my website www.brightseedtextiles.com.
Further information about all these originals (except "Seascape III" ) can also be found on my TWEED ORIGINALS website page. As "Seascape III" is long and thin, the image won't really work on my originals gallery page. The picture is 22" x 10" in size (unframed) and the price including a contemporary box lime washed wood frame is £500.
"Highland Cattle II"
This one of several new pieces of work I have done for a special pop up exhibition, curated by Emma Moore (previously of the Left bank Gallery, Kirkcudbright) to be held at the Harbour Cottage Gallery in Kirkcudbright from March 13th until March 25th.
This new picture is also available as a print in 2 sizes from my online shop for £25 (unlimted edition) and £75 (limited edition) with free postage and packing. Greetings cards with this design to follow soon.
Kirkcubright (pictured above) is a beautiful small town on the banks of the river Dee in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. Kirkcudbright is known as an artist’s town due to its long association with the Glasgow art movement, which started when several artists, including the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists, based themselves in the area over a 30-year period from 1880 to 1910 and established the Kirkcudbright Artists' Colony. The town also hosts a fantastic arts and crafts trail each summer in August. Visit www.artandcraftstrail.com to find out more.
The Harbour Cottage Gallery (pictured above) is the oldest gallery in Kirkcudbright, and is managed by the Kirkcudbright Harbour Cottage Gallery Trust, which was founded in 1955. The gallery aims to 'further the Arts in the widest meaning of the term' by providing an exhibition space for local professional and amateur artists and by showing the work of artists from further afield. Each year between Easter and December the Gallery hosts a wide range of exhibitions, including an 'Open' Exhibition in early summer, aimed at encouraging and supporting new and developing artists.
Tracy Jamar is an American textile artist based in New York. Back in the summer of 2015 she approached me, after seeing some of my posts of my rag rugged work on my facebook page, and asked if she could feature some of my work in her forthcoming book. The book has just been published. My copy still hasn't arrived yet, so I don't know which pictures of my work have made the cut, but it's all very exciting!
As ever, my rag rugged work is made out of Harris Tweed. The work Tracy wanted to include involved shirring (where strips of fabric are sewn onto the base fabric) and wrapping (where strips of fabric are wrapped around a base rope/cord) and coiling (where strips of fabric are rolled up and then sewn onto the base fabric).
If you want to find out more, you'll either have to come on one of my rag rugging workshops or buy Tracy's book. I've included some example pictures below that are likely to be similar to the images appearing in Tracy's book.
You can see more of my rag rugged work on my gallery page at www.rebelragruggers.co.uk. To find out more about Tracy visit her website www.tracyjamar.com or her facebook page Tracy Jamar FiberWorks
This is my latest needle felted Harris Tweed painting of a Barn Owl out hunting across snowy fields on a very moonlit night. We are very lucky in that where we live we often see Barn Owls at night and I have even once seen one hunting during the day when the ground was covered in deep snow.
I loved using a pale grey and white Harris Tweed to suggest the feathers on the birds wings. The white Harris Tweed I have used for the face is a very rare tweed that I bought a few years ago. I am led to believe that it was specially made to make a wedding dress for the finale of a Harris Tweed fashion show held on the island. I've certainly never seen it for sale anywhere since.
I had hoped that this picture might be ready as a card for this Christmas, but unfortunately I didn't get it finished in time. However it is is available now as a print in two sizes - 12 inch square - £75 and 7.5 inches square - £25 with free postage and packing.
The original itself is 15 inches square (without frame) and costs £500. It is framed in a plain, flat contemporary wooden box frame approx. 1. 5 inches wide and deep, with a white lime wash finish. Postage and packing with full insurance is an additional £25.
Beautiful yarns and woven items, all from the fleeces of local sheep
The Knitting Gift Shop
Natural locally sourced yarns, locally made tools, equipment and goodies for the woolly-minded
Liz Reed Designer Maker
Quirky driftwood folk, clothed in locally sourced wool
The Woolly Pedlar
Vibrant up-cycled knitwear and household items
Dales Looms and Lakshmi Designs
A vast array of peg and pin looms, together with knitted and woven items made using the looms
British wool kits, yarns, fibres and more!
Bright Seed Textiles
Harris Tweed art, prints and cards by Northumbrian artist Jane Jackson
Natural Born Dyers
Natural and naturally dyed local yarns and fibre, plus spinning tools
Yarns, wools and knitted goods made from locally sourced Cumbrian yarns
Chris Gibb Knits
North Pennines Wool Group:
Ellie Langley - Fleece with Altitude
Hill House Farm Wensleydales
Demonstrations, prize draw, competitions, spinning and knitting circle and refreshments provided by The Hearth Cafe. Plus, next door, in The Queen's Hall, Hexham you can also visit the Designer Makers Market, unique, handmade crafts, direct from the maker.
A long time ago when I was a doing my foundation course at Northampton Art College I'm ashamed to say that I never dared to venture into the printing department. At the time I was only 16 - 17 years old and I regret that I was just too intimidated by the seemingly very gruff, loud, large black bearded Scottish tutor in charge. As a consequence I never learnt about printing and yet I really love prints and I very much regret that I didn't tough it out.
I especially love the relationship between flat blocks of colour and patterned/textured areas that you often find in prints. For years I have loved the work of printmaker John Brunsdon and my landscapes are heavily influenced by his work. He simplifies landscapes down to lines and blocks of colour, a design approach that lends itself well to building collages out of Harris Tweed. I use plain tweeds for the flat blocks of colour, patterned tweeds for textured areas and wool yarns for the lines.
More recently I came across the work of Mark Hearld, in a wonderful exhibition that he has curated at York Art Gallery called The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures. Mark is a painter/printmaker who makes fabulous paper collages of landscapes on a much more domestic scale than John Brunsdon's. I love the way that Mark's work is very humorous, lively and almost cartoon-like, but still very much grounded in the careful study of wildlife and landscape.
Because my work is built using needle felting, even drawing a line with yarn is a slow and methodical process. So it's just not possible to dash off a quick slash of colour or scribbled line and a result my work is quite calm. Seeing Mark 's work make me wish there was something I could do to liven my work up. But don't know what or how just yet. We shall see.
I am a Northumberland based textile artist and I create needle felted paintings with Harris Tweed and wool yarns.