Well, this is it....I've made it to autumn and have spent the last month meeting a series of deadlines. I wasn't sure that I'd achieve as much as I have managed to as everything came hard on the heels of getting the boys back to school. Summer has been busy with family commitments and a lot of decorating and my creative time kept on getting squeezed. But it was such a beautiful, colourful, light filled summer and I was so inspired by the energy of the landscapes I found myself in. The work I completed received a great response at the Melbourne Festival and has now made its way to Opus Gallery in Ashbourne where it is on show until the end of October. Here's a few images from the events I have been doing. And I'm so pleased to be able to announce the opening of two new galleries who are stocking my work, CDS Gallery at Cottesbach Stables in Leicestershire and White Street Gallery in Kibworth, Leicestershire, where I'm very proud to be sharing wall space with Reg Cartwright!
I've got a program of workshops happening this autumn. First up is Creative Collage for Ceramics at Beans Coffee Shop Gallery in Bolsover. It's on Sunday 13th October from 10-4. You will get to create a collage or two, I'll demonstrate the water based transfer technique I use to create my ceramic pieces and after the workshop I'll fire your design on to a coaster tile or mug. It could solve all your Christmas present problems!
What a summer! So much sunshine and great trips out and away. I've survived the juggle of entertaining the children, decorating, doing the allotment and garden (I had to set to making jam as soon as we returned from holiday as the freezer had started to defrost and I couldn't bear to see all that good fruit go to waste). We had holidays in Yorkshire and Norfolk and soaked up sun, foraged for food (nettle bread on the campfire) and watched the stars (but missed the meteors). I fell in love with knitting and have clocked up a snood, some fingerless gloves and half a cardigan. I love that I can carry it with me and create something in the gaps between other activities. It is also like a walking meditation, creating something one stitch at a time. Dotted through the holidays were visits from friends and visits to friends and picnic after picnic.....
And now I am relishing the back-to-school routines; the new shoes and coats.....the peace and quiet and being back in the studio! But time is short and I have a busy autumn planned out that you can find out more about here.
The summer can't end though until the art festival season is over. This year I am exhibiting at the Melbourne Festival in Derbyshire which takes place this coming weekend (September 14th/15th). I love exhibiting there. Having taken part in both the Wirksworth and Melbourne Festivals last year, this year I decided to treat myself to just visiting Wirksworth and enjoying the Art Trail. When you are exhibiting it is so hard to get out and enjoy the town; the music, art and street performance. My favourite exhibitors were Michael Cook and Split-Tin Guitars. Since I last had the chance to mooch around Wirksworth, lots of new shops have arrived and we visited 'The Northern Light Cinema' for the first time and can't wait to go back to see a film in this beautiful, trendy-retro cinema bar.
So after a relaxing Wirksworth experience I have a long to-do list to get done ahead of setting up for Melbourne Festival on Friday. I have work at the framers, I've collected my prints, including a couple of new ones. I have a head full of sun kissed landscapes waiting to come out and can't wait to splash some paint around!