The above new pictures are all destined for an exhibition to be held at the Bakehouse Gallery, Alnwick in late summer/early autumn 2018.
It would be fair to say that I wouldn't be where I am today without the help and support of Fiona Stanley, the owner of The Bakehouse Gallery. Fiona had faith in me in the very early days, when I was too shy to show gallery owners my work and I made Keith go on my behalf. Fiona was also the first person to exhibit my Harris Tweed rag rugs and she encouraged me to have my first exhibition of my needle felted Harris Tweed work in her gallery back in 2011. Fiona has continually exhibited my work since those early days, and it will be great to have a full exhibition in her gallery again.
So now I need to really knuckle down and produce at least another 8 pieces of work for the exhibition. This will be a bit of a challenge as I have to be careful not to work too long at any one time since I injured my right arm through overworking. So what with this physical limitation and being busy with the business side of things, it can often take 6 - 8 weeks to finish a picture.
I will show these pictures and any other new work destined for the exhibition on my Tweed Originals page, but they will not actually be for sale until they go on display as part of the exhibition.
I'm really excited as issue 163 of Be Creative with Workbox magazine is going to feature one of my pictures ("Left Bank Kirkcudbright") in the magazine's gallery pages. The magazine goes on sale on August 11th so I shall be rushing out to get my copy! I've also been told that the magazine will be publishing an article about me and my work in issue 165. I'm a very happy and very lucky girl!
Summer is a really busy time for us and I realise that I haven't posted anything in a while. Can't complain about being busy though as it's all good stuff, with lots of orders coming in for cards and prints. I'm also trying to build up some work for another pop-up exhibition with the Left Bank Gallery at the Harbour Cottage Gallery in Kirkcudbright next June.
As well as being busy with work, we often get friends and family coming to stay in the summer when it's not too cold on our lovely Northumbrian beaches. One group of guests were even brave enough to swim in the sea. They did wear wet suits though. As well as all this, I finally managed to get the roof on my studio replaced, as it's been leaking for some time.
I work in a small conservatory attached to our house and it is absolutely rammed full of stuff, all of which had to be removed and stored elsewhere within the house. I would say that an artist's workroom can almost be considered as a work of art in itself, as it's such a personal accumulation and display of stuff. So I was quite sad about having to have to dismantle mine, as I knew it would never be the same again. For all it's limitations, small, freezing in winter, scorching hot in summer, it's a lovely room and it's full of daft little things I've collected or been given. Anyway I decided to preserve it for posterity by making a little video.
Typically the cats loved the adventure of the room being dismantled and watched the builders with great interest from the bedroom windows. Audrey decided to take up residence on my tweed stash for the few days it was stored on our kitchen table. Everything is back in the studio now, except for quite a few disgruntled spiders, cobwebs and dust. The new roof is definitely watertight as it's been stress tested by the recent torrential rain and even an August hail storm. Dean and his team from The Roof Doctor did a grand job. So I can now stop worrying about my leaky roof and what a very clean and tidy studio I have now!
I am a Northumberland based textile artist and I create needle felted paintings with Harris Tweed and wool yarns.