Having a stitchy time…

You know how it is, one day it’s January and the next it’s nearly May…

The very observant will also notice that this is not the palette I began 2016 using. That piece is sitting patiently, waiting for me to complete the one you can see in progress below.

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I’ve noticed it before, some pieces just demand to be made. They muscle their way past the other projects you were working on and insist on coming first. That’s the case here at the moment.

This chap is keeping me very busy. After having done so much couching in As Above, this one is being worked exclusively in tent stitch. This is also a pattern I’ve experienced before – where for some reason I seem to need occasionally to let go of the texture and return to a traditional flat stitch. (No doubt though after this is finished, I’ll be right back to texture again!)

But for now, I’m stitching along, with perhaps another few weeks to go before I can show you the finished piece.

We don’t call it slow art for nothing!

Exhibition plans for 2016…

Last year was the first full year I’ve exhibited my stitched tapestries and it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. Meeting people and having the opportunity to talk about what I make is just brilliant – I love it. It’s also fabulous working with a community of artists who are so talented and so generous with their time and input.

But hand-stitching is a very slow process and I want to make sure that when I exhibit, I have something new to show, so I’ve decided that I may not exhibit in 2016, in order to give myself the time to bring some new pieces I’m incubating, from my head and into the canvas.

However, if there’s something you’ve seen in the gallery here you’d like more information about, or if you’d like to buy a work, please do contact me directly for more details.

 

Say hello…

If you’d like to see progress being made slightly more often, find me on Instagram where I tend to post ‘work in progress’ snaps a few times a week, along with daily shots from my walks through the countryside in the company of the Delinquent Dog.

Or if you’re on Twitter, you’ll find me there too most days, indulging in my history habit, retweeting arty things, drooling over lots of raven loveliness and other occasional quirky stuff.

And of course you can find me over at my blog Dreaming In Stitches, where who knows what will come along next?

It would be lovely to hear from you…

 

 

 

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Happy New Year!

A little late I know, but I hope you have a wonderful 2016!

What a year 2015 turned out to be. The highlights for me were meeting so many fabulous people at the Discover group exhibitions we held in June and November. I feel enormously lucky to be part of such a supportive and energetic group – and I’m very much looking forward to events in 2016.

But now it’s back to the frame! Lots of stitching to do.

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This is the palette for my current piece – not too difficult to guess what inspired it…

For more of the ‘ins’ and ‘outs’ of my stitching and day-to-day life, please pop over to my blog Dreaming In Stitches, or follow me on Instagram or Twitter.

Discover go to Ivinghoe…

Just a week away now from our Discover Original Art Fair in Ivinghoe, which means a heady mixture of excitement and mild panic as we try to get everything ready in time.

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I know many followers here live far too far away to visit us in person, but if you are near Ivinghoe next weekend, we’d be absolutely delighted to welcome you at our exhibition.

 

 

June at Mardleybury Gallery…

Only 48 hours away now from the opening of our latest Discover Original Art exhibition, at Mardleybury Gallery, Datchworth, Hertfordshire. Excitement is now taking over from panic – although it’s perfectly possible that panic may set in again before we finally open to the public! Only joking, I’m sure everything is under control…

There will be a Private Viewing on Friday evening, 5th June, and we’d be delighted to welcome any of our friends and followers to come along then and say hello. If the weather is good, we’ll be enjoying wine and nibbles in the gallery’s bijou garden – do pop in if you can.

The amazing Discover Original Art creators, pretending we weren't freezing!
The amazing Discover Original Art creators, pretending we weren’t freezing!

Throughout June, the artists will be holding demonstration sessions, where visitors will be able to see for themselves how some of our artwork is made – there are techniques here that will amaze you, I’m certain – details of times and dates below.

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Now, my version of slow art isn’t the most technically challenging of the group, but I’ll be at the gallery on June 21st, stitching, and talking to visitors about the process and the benefits of engaging in this extremely tactile process. I hope to see some of you then.

Well, time to go off and check that I’ve got everything ready (for the umpteenth time) – I’ll leave you for now with a picture of my stitching buddy – managing very well indeed not to get himself over excited…

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Full gallery details, with opening times below…

 

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Stitchy Purdah

Well, all that frenetic activity back in the autumn seems like such a long time ago now. I think it’s safe to say that I took the slow practice of hand stitching to the edge, in the run up to our exhibition last November, which with Christmas following hard on its heels, made for a decidedly busy time chez Pawley.

This week, the Discover artists met together to start making plans for our exhibitions in 2015. Much too soon to be talking about any of them here, but I’ll post details once we have definite confirmed events in place. Suffice to say, we’re all pretty much buzzing with excitement and looking forward to the spring.

As for stitching, well, for the last few weeks I’ve been relaxing and trying to free up the flow of creative juices – for which read playing. I’ve daubed acrylics and watercolours on a few bits of paper – and generally tried to stop thinking too much. I’ve been playing in stitches a little too, forgoing my ubiquitous spirals and moving around in straight lines instead. It feels quite liberating – so liberating in fact that I’ve let the whole long straight stitch thing get a bit out of hand. I’m waiting to see where that takes me.

Oh and there have been beads – just a few. We’ll have to have a think about that too.

So, more playing for a while longer I think, and then it’s down to grown-up planning and a period of stitchy purdah while it all gels together – I hope!

I do hope the first shoots of spring are starting to push through in your own creative endeavours! Stay tuned.

There’s more random stitchiness over at my blog Dreaming in Stitches, along with my motley ramblings about nature, history, books and occasional smatterings of everyday life.

Do wander over and have a look around if you fancy.

Discover Joanne Bowes

Landscapes and the patterns created in nature, feature prominently in the delicious work of Joanne Bowes, who will be one of the eight local artists exhibiting at Discover – 29th & 30th November.

Joanne is an established, professional artist, who achieved Foundation Diploma (Best in Year End Show), and Fda in Fashion and Surface Pattern Design, both with Distinction, and BA (Hons) in Contemporary Applied Arts (Textiles).

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Joanne loves natural forms, colours and textures,  working with them to create drawings and paintings, which she then manipulates to develop her unique textile designs.

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She focuses on the use of natural materials, combined with traditional techniques, such as dyeing, knitting and weaving.

Joanne’s mixed media landscapes are created using a range of techniques, including naturally dyed textiles, collographs, ink, wax resist and watercolour, and are often embellished with hand or machine embroidery.

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She is currently developing a range of up-cycled garments and accessories using natural dyes and eco leaf prints.

You can see more of Joanne’s work at her website Joanneshewan.wordpress.com,or find her at Facebook Joanne Shewan Textiles and Twitter @JoanneShewanTxt

We’re all excited to see the work she’ll be showing at Ivinghoe, so don’t miss the opportunity to come along and meet her in person if you’re in the area.

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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.