'Knitwear: from Chanel to Westwood' at the FTM

Off to London I first heard about the 'Knitwear: Chanel to Westwood' exhibition about a year ago and have been looking forward to it ever since then. So, a few weekends ago, armed with needles and yarn I took the train to London. The Fashion and Textile Museum is in Bermondsey just…

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Textiles at Art in Action

Textiles and Good Times Having said that my next post would be about the textiles at Art in Action, you may have been wondering if you'd imagined that or if you'd missed it. Big apologies! I planned to write it before I went on holiday, then was swamped with urgent work. Then…

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Art in Action 2014

Art in Action 2014 - a Perfect Summer Day In this post I'm going to give you a flavour of Art in Action 2014, an art event which takes place in July at Waterperry Gardens, Oxfordshire. Demonstrating Artists One of the joys of Art in Action is to watch artists and craftspeople demonstrate their skills and discuss…

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Peg Bags and Baskets

Pyjamas, Bags and Baskets From Pyjamas to Peg Bag Many years ago (well over two decades, in fact), I made several pairs of pyjamas. A good few years later I decided that a navy cotton pair had outgrown their use as pyjamas; maybe they had shrunk - I don't remember…

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Inspired by Natural Form

Focusing on form This week I've been thinking about how nature inspires designers. All my life, nature has been a source of inspiration. My final MA collection was inspired by natural form. This was quite a departure for me, since my designs are usually inspired by colour, pattern or texture. In My…

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MA Expo, Nottingham Trent University, 2013

A few weeks ago I visited the MA Expo at the School of Art and Design, Nottingham Trent University.  This is where students show key pieces of work made during their Masters degrees. It's always interesting because there is a great variety of work being displayed, which reflects the range of MA…

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