Friday, 17 September 2010


it's been so long since i updated this blog. a month infact. ive just been so hectic with everything that ive set myself to do whilst looking for a job!
anyway. i've moved over to tumblr.

my tumblr
goodbye blogger.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010


This has been the most hectic month. A holiday in Croatia, birthday party, as well as visiting london and generally organising my life.
But, I'm back and on the creative warpath...trying to knit at least 5 pairs of socks and a cardigan, fix my loom and get weaving and find a job.
We've a craft fair coming up in November..Pretty Young Things which I'm very excited about, I'm already listing all the things I could make. Might even get a bit too ambitious. Especially considering my loom is useless and worthless. I'll try my hardest to get the damn thing to weave me something worthwhile though. But knitting appears to be the thing that is keeping me busy.

Anyway, enough of the life story, I need to get back on with my socks!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Tension Tension Tension

I have just had such a fun two weeks. I've been working in Derbyshire, at Kedleston Hall, helping Susie MacMurray with her installation named 'Promenade'
The installation consists of lengths of golden thread wrapped between pillars to form a maze like structure. Inspiration was taken from various places around Kedleston; the peacock dress - a dress entirely covered with golden embroidery resembling the shape and texture of peacock feathers, the guilding that covers almost every decorative chair leg, mirror/picture frame and window within the hall, and the idea of journeys and the grand tour - a theme that is consistent throughout the Kedleston Hall museum.

I have really enjoyed working on this installation, (despite the silly early mornings and almost constant grumpiness!), gaining alot of insight into public art and meeting some wonderful people! I already miss it and can't wait for the private view and to hear some reactions to it!

day one...

where the threads cross

day two

criss-crossed threads

day three

thick bands of gold

subtle crossing

that friday feeling

day six

view from below the crossings

finally finished.

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

The Long Awaited Loom...

Yes, I finally got my hands on one.
I needs alot of 'doing up'...sanding, varnishing, new screws etc. but should be up and runnning in a few weeks!
Picture isn't that great, mostly because it's in two bits (and by the end of today, in even more bits)

I can't wait to get weaving on it! But for now, back to my little bird brooches, pictures of which shall be here later I assume.

Monday, 21 June 2010

Ernesto Neto - The Edges of the World

I haven't updated this in a while but theres alot going on! And I havent done much of any note anyway.
But...this weekend we made a trip to the Hayward Gallery at the Southbank Centre in London.
Ernesto Neto had created an installation called The Edges of the World. A selection of sculptures described as 'body/space/landscapes', with sensory experiences, morphing into one another through various forms. All structures were made from individual pieces of wood slotted together without a fixative (such as glue or nails), holding their shapes just through gravity.
It was a wonderful experience, I enjoy art that I feel encouraged to interact with.

view above the cloth

two layers suspended
two views above the suspended layer of was like looking across a strange, alien landscape...the smooth textures and gentle curvature.

weighted by stones
curves and undulations weighted with stones

hooks and edges

outdoor pool
the outdoor sculpture pool. swimming in this pool encourages the viewer to almost become a part of the sculpture.

outdoor sculpture
another outdoor sculpture.

outside view of tunnel
view of the tunnel, fabric stretched over the wooden 'skeleton' gives an organic, animal appearance. it was almost as if we were walking through the inside of some giant creature.

tunnel roof

ed in tunnel

within one section of the tunnel there were shaped pockets with chamomile and lavender sewn into them. an interesting experience to walk through this surreal tunnel, getting brief sweet smells.

close up of pocket

there was a section where viewers were invited to take off their shoes and walk across the stretched fabric. this was my favourite experience; when pressure was placed on it, the fabric stretched down to the solid floor, challenging perceptions and causing loss of balance and orientation.

Sunday, 6 June 2010

Busy times

Things that have happened that sapped my blogging time:
- computer virus and operating system faff
- finally finishing my project AND degree
- more operating system faff and worry
- putting up my degree show and attending private views
- being generally worn out from all of the above and wanting to spend any spare time not thinking about anything to do with moving or using my brain.

On top of that I've lost alot of photos from having to re-install windows. Which means I'm going to have to go back to Tottenham Court Road for all of the nice photos of that stairway. I bloody love it.

I'd post some pictures of my degree show but I don't have any and I can't be bothered to move to find my camera to see what photos are on there! Eck lazy.

Here's one that I found that suggests what it looks like. I'm off to get crafty.

final peice

Friday, 14 May 2010


Featuring in this post: Tottenham Court Road's emergency stairs (my favourite part of the London Underground) and some amazing rock formations from the geology section of the Natural History Museum.

I need to remember to write things down, I can't remember any of these elements/rocks.








First in a two part post

I've been so busy, but as I've worked extra hard this week, I'm allowing myself an evening of down-time.
So I'm taking to opportunity to post some photographs of my mayday weekend adventures.
In this post: the temporary butterfly house at the Natural History Museum, London.






Thursday, 6 May 2010


Whilst dyeing yarns recently I decided to experiment with dropping the dyes onto a page of my sketchbook, to show the variety of colours.
I'v just cropped down a few photos to an abstract scale. I quite like the effect:


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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Portfolio collection two

I finished my section set of samples for my portfolio yesterday.
These ones used rope to create loops and ribbed textures, designed to be displayed as flat hangings or stretched over canvases.

big loops

whole collection

sample four

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Portfolio collection one.

I've finally got a few samples from this project to put into my portfolio!

All based on ideas I had at the start with elastic and wool, and using the dip-dyed stripe warp that I've fallen in love with.


close up sample five

close up sample four

close up sample three

close up sample two

close up sample one

Today I'm playing with rope, hopefully I'll also have another collection by the end of the day!