Wednesday, 22 August 2012

University of Cumbria

Thought I would use my blog today to showcase the work of one of the graduates of the MA course in Contemporary Applied Arts from the University of Cumbria.
This morning I've been talking to the course leader there, Angie Wyman, about showcasing some of their student's work at the northern Inspire event next year, which would be a real pleasure.
Karen Griffiths is an applied artist who works with a range of materials including recycled fibres and uses a selection of traditional and not-so traditional techniques to create contemporary artworks.
Karen has some great video galleries on her site at 

Monday, 20 August 2012

Inspire Summer Event now Live

Goodness, it's been a long time coming, but the summer event has now joined the spring one and gone live.  I think if Janet and I had both known just how involved it would all be, we may have thought twice about undertaking something so big.  However most of the work is now done (at least in getting up the events - there is still plenty of other work to do!) and its great to see it up there in all its multi-coloured glory.

The Autumn event, which is the final one for 2013, will join it in around 10 days, we hope.  At the moment we're just awaiting photos and descriptions from one of the tutors and then we're good to go.

It does make it all worthwhile when we hear all the positive comments (Janet was bowled over by how enthusiastic everyone at FOQ was about it) that have come our way.  Thank you all so much for being so kind and generous in your praise.  Of course, its even better when the booking start to flow and its been wonderful to see that happening too over the last couple of weeks. 

There is one issue - I really like some of the courses and I can't go!! I'll be there of course, but working, not attending the sessions ............always knew there had to be a catch!! I love the sound of Sue Rangeley's bags - pics below.

You can check out the Summer Inspire Event HERE

Monday, 13 August 2012

Anja Townrow at Spring Inspire Event

Oooh - so many wonderful tutors at the Spring Inspire Event at Yew Lodge in the Midlands next spring.

Anja Townrow is one of the tutors who will be joining us. She was born in 1953 in The Hague, Holland and grew up in a village in the Dutch polderland.  After studying English Language and Literature at the University of Leiden, she moved to England in 1974. Inspired by a picture of a patchwork cushion in a magazine, she started making bedspreads from scraps of old clothes in 1977.

Since the late Eighties she has developed her skills by trying out the different techniques in the by then more widely available American books and magazines. During the early 90’s, she made many bed quilts to commission, which enabled her to learn her craft through practice and experience. In 1993, Anja set up ‘Dutch Quilts’ when she started to sell her first patchwork kits at Craft Fairs, and her range of patterns remains available under the ‘Dutch Quilts’ label. After teaching a weekly class for six years, Anja now travels extensively to give lectures and workshops throughout the UK and Europe.

Take a look around her SITE to view her many prize-winning quilts. Under publications, you will find details of her designs that can be found in various patchwork publication. Bold Curves, sharp Points, and bright colours give Anja's quilts their distinctive look. She uses Foundation Piecing combined with curved piecing to achieve accurate results. The method is fully explained in her book: `Dutch Flower Pots' (AQS, Spring 2001), Her recent exploration of Machine Appliqué methods can be seen in some of here latest patterns.
You can find details of all Anja's workshops with Inspire HERE

Friday, 10 August 2012

Fibrestitch - Textile Art - Sandra Reynolds

It was lovely to hear from one of my graduate students this week - she kindly kept me up to date with her new area on Facebook.  Sandra Reynolds undertook both her Level 3 and Diploma in Embroidery with me at School of Stitched Textiles and she is clearly moving from strength to strength with her textile work. 

Please do go on and check her Facebook site - I'm sure she'd be delighted to hear from you all and get a Like from you too!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Letterpress Courses

When I was at the local printers a couple of weeks back, he happened to mention that he was going to be doing some Letterpress courses, which is basically learning to typeset in both wood and metal type.

Being an avid fan of all writing and lettering (I love graphics of all types) I would love to attend one of his courses and thought you may be interested too.  His place of work is Cedar Farm Gallery - Rufford Printing Company on 01704 821285 or for further details.

For those of you who are further away there is a great British Letterpress site at where you can find details of someone closer to home that also takes Letterpress courses, or even a do-it-yourself set of guides for the beginner.  Happy typesetting!