Celebrating slow art…

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I spend most of my time hand-stitching canvas embroideries – I know, weird isn’t it! There are pictures of my work over in the gallery (click on the menu).

Much of my inspiration comes from nature and the changing seasons and also from my fascination with the landscape and heritage of the British Isles.

This is my quiet, contemplative space – if you want to find me being much more chatty, visit me at Dreaming In Stitches…

It’s the final countdown…

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There’s a wonderfully informative and motivational book I once read, called ‘I’d Rather Be In The Studio’, by Alyson Stanfield. (You can read her blog here). When I first discovered the book, I was just beginning to recognise that I’d found my preferred medium, and was simply stitching, all the time, so I read Alyson’s ‘how to market your work’ advice as something of an outsider – maybe hoping that one day I’d be part of that world.

Roll the clock forward a couple of years, and how things change. For someone who’s art definitely counts as slooooow, I can tell you that the last couple of weeks have certainly seen a change of pace for me, as I prepare to take part in the Discover Original Art Fair this weekend.

Until fairly recently, I’ve been happy to just do the stitching, and the moment the last stitch has gone in on a piece, it’s straight on to the next one, with no thought given to mounting or framing or, let’s be honest – selling.

But with a real-life exhibition to prepare for, all that has had to change and at last I’ve begun to realise that making art is only part of the story. Now I’m rapidly learning a whole new set of skills and finally getting to put into practice some of Alyson’s advice. Inevitably it all takes far longer than I’d anticipated and for someone who regularly takes 3 months to make one piece of stitched tapestry, having a deadline can feel both exhilarating and intimidating.

Nevertheless, at the moment, excitement is outweighing the fears and although I’m beginning to understand how it’s important to strike the right balance between making and marketing our work, I’m now really looking forward to spending a couple of days out of the studio, and having the opportunity to show visitors to the Fair what I’ve been up to!

If you’re in area this weekend, please do come along and meet the artists – you’re sure of a warm welcome.

Discover Judy Youssef…

Today I want to introduce you to my wonderful, multi-talented friend, Judy Youssef.

Judy is one of those amazing artists who seem to be able to turn their hands to a whole raft of techniques always finding a way to express themselves that is both unique and inspiring.

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Originally from the Isle of Wight, Judy has in fact spent many years living in remote parts of the Middle East, a fact that has undoubtedly greatly influenced her career in art.

Today Judy is based in Bedfordshire and will be one of the eight local artists exhibiting at the Discover Original Art Fair, at the end of this month.

As Judy herself puts it,

one lifetime isn’t enough to try out all the ideas jumping around in my head

But visitors to the exhibition will be able to see Judy’s latest work, including exquisite abstracts in alcohol inks – pieces that really do ignite your imagination…

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and also her superb new jewellery and accessory pieces in polymer clay – Judy’s expertise in this material is renowned, do come along if you can and see what she creates, I guarantee you’ll be amazed.

There are lots of Judy’s finely observed paintings on her website, where you can also see examples of her jewellery and details of the other fascinating projects she’s been involved with during her fascinating career.

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