Preparations…

There’s something you need to know about slow art…

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it doesn’t like to be rushed.

Preparations are going on at as fast a pace as I can manage for Discover.

I’m going to be showing a selection of my large stitched tapestries at Ivinghoe, and in addition, I’ll be introducing two new stitched triptychs.

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You’ll notice that spirals feature – yet again.

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I’ve been enormously happy recently to find a new supplier of hand-dyed silks. People keep asking me if want to try dying myself, and of course there is a part of me that is very interested, but there are only so many hours in a day and I use most of them for stitching – so when I discover someone already creating exquisite yarns, I’m just delighted to try them out.

There’s quite a lot of the new silk worked into the blue triptych, which is providing a gorgeous sheen that I find both lovely to look at and which feels beautiful too.

I’m sure I’m not the only person who gets a thrill from the sensation of stitching with silk – and it’s definitely not something you’d want to hurry…

Discover Ali Mesley…

I’m always intrigued by the way artists express themselves through a variety of media. Today I wanted to show you the work of Ali Mesley, who is also exhibiting at our Discover Original Art Fair in November.

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Ali is a visual artist, inspired by colour, texture, line and form, who expresses her thoughts and feelings through a whole range of techniques and materials, including textiles, glass, papier-mache and found objects.

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Her work is process driven, with all sorts of things inspiring her to create.

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Most recently, she’s been exploring her responses to books and colour families.

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You can see more of Ali’s work at her website, and if you’re near Ivinghoe on 29th or 30th November, come along and meet the artist herself.

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Discover Victoria Johns…

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No stitching today, instead I thought I’d show you some of the work of artist Victoria Johns, who, like me, is based in the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire borders, and will be exhibiting her range of original art, prints and greeting cards, at the Discover Original Art Fair, at the Ivinghoe Community Hub during the last weekend of November 2014.

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Victoria’s works frequently develop from her interpretation and response to her location photography.

Having trained as an artist specialising in glass, she now works predominantly in mixed media and print, but her fascination with glass and the translucent quality it produces is evident in the many delicately layered, subtle and dramatic effects she creates.

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There’s a gorgeous tactile quality to Victoria’s artwork and you often feel you could hold it up and see light shine through.

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One of the best things about coming along to Discover, is having the opportunity to meet and talk to all the artists, who’ll be there on both days, delighted to talk about the processes and inspirations they use, so if you’re in the area, please come, I’m certain you’ll find much to enjoy.

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Discover…

I am absolutely delighted to be part of the forthcoming Discover Original Art Fair.

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If you’re anywhere near Ivinghoe in November, please do come along. There’s some seriously fabulous talent in the group and who knows, you might even find the perfect Christmas gift is just waiting for you there…

Dates for your diary…

Well it’s official, we’re off to Ivinghoe again with a fabulous selection of original art for sale, just in time for Christmas. If you’re in the area, please come and join us at the Ivinghoe Community Hub on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2014, between 10.00am and 3.00pm on both days.

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Eight talented local artists will be there with a wide variety of artworks, including paintings, gorgeous original prints, amazing creations in polymer clay, glass, textiles and even some new stitched tapestry items from yours truly.

The CuriosiTEA cafe will be keeping us all in the Christmas spirit with hot tea and cakes – I’m hoping for mince-pies…

I’ll let you know more about the various artists involved between now and November, but as things get hectic leading up to Christmas, do please save the date now if you’re going to be in the area.

Excited…

Well, it seems you just can’t stop us once we get going… 

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After having such a good time exhibiting at Invinghoe in September, a group of the most local artists have decided to do it again at the end of November.

The venue at Ivinghoe Community Hub is ideal for showing artwork and as I’ve said before, the people there are just wonderful – so enthusiastic and enormously helpful. So we’re delighted to be going back, this time, just before Christmas, we’ll be showing all sorts of art that will make excellent original and affordable gifts.

We’re still arranging the fine details, so I’ll let you know more as soon as we’ve finalised times etc – watch this space.

A sneak preview…

Just off the frame – Hidcote Blues.

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It seems an eternity ago now, but back at the beginning of June, at what turned out to be the start of a stunning summer, I travelled across the Cotswolds to visit Hidcote Manor, near Chipping Campden.

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It was one of those amazing June days, early enough in the year to surprise you with its warmth, a day when the colours all around us felt super-saturated, almost too vivid. A day of colour, sounds, textures and many exotic scents.

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The perfect day to find yourself wandering through the maze of garden rooms which surround the Tudor manor house at Hidcote.

A busy day, but somehow the gardens absorbed us all, giving us a taste of tranquility. I fell in love with the irises – so many, so blue, so exquisite. I crouched at the edge of a lily pond to see the fish and was rewarded with a newt.

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Winding paths, views through hedges, meandering streams. We were spellbound – not quite Midsummer, but a dream nonetheless.

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Something of that afternoon planted itself in my mind. I’m no gardener, so instead I took to my medium – stitch.

Over the summer I’ve been working away at my response to that inspiring visit – Hidcote Blues…

And now it’s just come off the frame – not yet coaxed into shape, still raw, undulating, rolling.

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But I thought you might like a sneaky peep…

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Hidcote Blues.

Hand-stitched by Ann Pawley between June and September 2014.

Wool, silk and metallics on linen scrim.

Thank You!

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I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everybody who came along to Ivinghoe Community Hub at the weekend to support the Artists’ Network Bedfordshire’s art exhibition.

It was a superb weekend and a terrific location. But the best part – I think for all of us who were exhibiting – was getting to meet such an interesting and interested group of people. Exhibiting is all very new to me and it was so good to have the opportunity to talk to people about the stitched tapestries that I make.

I was really impressed by how much time visitors spent finding out all about the artists and their work, it makes all those hours in the studio feel worthwhile.

Some of us fell in love with the venue so much, I think we may well try to do something there again before too long – I’ll keep you posted.

 

 

 

 

Ivinghoe Community Hub…

This weekend – the 20th and 21st of September, I will be showing three of my tapestries as part of the Artists’ Network Bedfordshire September Art Trail. We’ll be at the wonderful Ivinghoe Community Hub –  right in the heart of the village.

If you’re in the area and come along, you’ll be able to see..

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Hedonism

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And Brian

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Plus the fabulous work of other local artists.

And I must tell you, the tea-room at the Hub is superb – it’s worth a visit just for the tea and cake!