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Sudbury, Suffolk, United Kingdom
I am a textile artist living on the Suffolk Essex border. I am a member of the Out of the Fold Textile Group and the newly formed Spotlight Textiles. I am the Principal Tutor for Creative Stitch which offers courses in Creative Patchwork and Quilting and Creative Stitch Textiles. I teach each year at the Knitting & Stitching Shows and Festival of Quilts. I also offer workshops and talks to groups throughout the UK in person and via zoom. With a foot in both camps I am also a member of the QGBI and the specialist Contemporary Quilt Group and STARS (formerly Suffolk West Embroiderers Guild)

Wednesday 28 February 2024

A Sense of Place with Debbie Lyddon

 

About once a year I take some time out to be a student rather than a tutor. I select a teacher who's work I admire and is completely different to my own. Often this is exploring a different way of working rather than a new technique. It is scary but exhilarating to be out of your comfort zone. 

Surrendering yourself to the process and being pulled along by the tutor can be very freeing. The end result is not the most important thing but the chance to explore new ideas, make mistakes without consequence, and just 'play'.

So the opportunity to attend 'A Sense of Place' three day workshop with artist Debbie Lyddon proved irrestisible. 

Working alongside other like-minded students was inspiring too, in a friendly and supportive environment. 


Day one was 'Seeing' as we explored the marina and marshes of Tollesbury in the Blackwater Estuary. Such an brilliant place. My focus was the simplest of posts in the water which felt so small and vulnerable to all the elements of wind and water and changed in a second according to the light.

After observation and drawing outside we tried to capture these on paper

Considering words and phrases to describe our obsevations helped deepen the connection to the sense of place

The end result from day one was a folded map book using one of our painted papers




Day two was 'Listening' as we went on a sound walk to try and express what we heard using mark making and drawing - really hard! What does the sound of a car tyre on wet road look like?

Again we tried out our ideas on paper, trying to capture the rhythmn, resonance and colour of what we had heard.






My selected design on paper to be interpreted in stitch. Folds and scores infused with ink.









Very much still a work in progress but this is the beginnings of my stitched interpretation









Day three was 'Touching' when we used our collected found objects from Tollesbury to inspire the making of a coloured and waxed cloth bag to hold the items made on the workshop.

I endeavoured to use the found items of a rusty nail and washer picked up in the marina as a fastening device and stitching to mimic that from the soundscape

A great three days. Debbie Lyddon is an excellent tutor and I would highly recommend the 'A Sense of Place' course which is now available through

Thankyou to Lorraine Traer-Clarke for organising the workshop and to the members of Blackwater Textiles







Sunday 25 February 2024

Monoprint explorations

 

Preparing for a two day workshop at Eau Brink Studios in June where we will forage for natural materials for mono printing and colouring before spending a second day making up our monoprinted fabric into a semi-transparent double sided hanging using the Pojagi piecing technique.








But as it is February there are no leaves on the trees so I have had to adapt and invent some leaves in the form of simple stamps to use instead. These will obviously last longer than real leaves so we will explore making these on the workshop too.





The fabirc used will be my current favourite cotton organdie which take all sorts of colour pigment really well and retains it's semi-transparent nature as well as the wonderful crispness




I have been working with black acrylic paint and inks in red and orange here but on the workshop students will be able to work in whatever colour they wish. We will make lots of prints and choose our favourites. There will also be dyed/coloured organdie to use for the Pojagi piecing.

To book this workshop please contact www.eaubrinkstudio.co.uk/ or telephone 01553 611009














Working with Solubles workshop

 



if you would like to learn about working with solubles (wash away fabric and film) I am running a one day workshop at The Cosy Cabin on Monday 11th March 2024.

We will explore several techniques, including working with sheers with wire, before combining them to create a small panel.  

All machine stitching. A good way to practice your free motion in a controlled way! 



Date: Monday 11th March 2024

Time: 10am - 4pm

Venue: The Cosy Cabin, Risby Barns, Risby, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6QU

Cost: £45

To book please email mary.cs@sefwi.org.uk



Monday 12 February 2024

Playing with Pojagi additional workshop

 

An extra 'Playing with Pojagi' one day workshop will run at The Cosy Cabin, Risby Barns, Bury St Edmunds IP26 6QU on Saturday 25th May 2024

A choice of three different designs and a wide range of colourways. All materials provided for £15.

If you wish to hang your double-sided stained glass inspired hanging in a specific place then please bring the measurements as we can adapt the design to fit.

Simple machine stitching.





Monday 22 January 2024

Big 24 Quilt Show Affiliated Groups display

 

There are 28 textile groups who are affliliated to region 8 (Suffolk and Essex) of the Quilter's Guild. All were invited to have a free stand at the Big 24 Quilt Show and 17 groups will be exhibiting at the show.

This will be a fantastic celebration of quilting and textile art from the East Anglia region. 

I am co-ordinating the affilated groups and will have work on show with two of the affilated groups.


Out of the Fold will have a table display of the fans from the 'Unfolding' exhibition












Spotlight Textiles will have a joint group piece of work with all seven members contibuting a section. This is a piece of brand new work, the first in the exhibition series on 'Spotlight on...architecture' which will be revealed at the Big 24 Show

There is also an opportunity for members of all the affiliated groups to enter quilts into the main part of the show. There is no charge and work of all sizes, styles and techniques are welcome - they just need to have a sleeve and be able to be hung from a traditional quilt stand.

Enter Big 24 Quilt Show   Deadline for entry is 31st Jan 2024 and I encourage everyone to put something into the exhibition. Go on, show off your talents! And to come along to the event from 26th - 28th April 2024 at Blackthorpe Barn near Bury St Edmunds IP30 9HZ











Sunday 21 January 2024

Goodbye to Spotlight Textiles

I have been proud to be a member of the Spotlight Textiles exhibiting group, formed by some of the Advanced Stitched Textiles class of 2020.

The group have had two very successful major exhibitions of new work at the Pond Gallery in Snape Maltings  with 'Spotlight on....East Anglia' in 2022 and 'Spotlight on....Heritage' in 2023. They are now well on their way to producing a third new series 'Spotlight on......architecture' with the first joint group piece being revealed at the Big 24 Quilt Show in April 2024




Now the group is well established it is time for me to leave and concentrate on making work for solo exhibition. I wish all members of Spotlight Textiles all the very best for the future

 

Saturday 20 January 2024

Advanced Stitched Textiles Course 2024

 

Applications are invited for the Creative Stitch Advanced Stitched Textiles course starting in September 2024.

This will be the final course I will teach as principal tutor at Creative Stitch. The course will run for one year with the opportunity to continue onto a second year completing in July 2026. 

For more information please see Creative Stitch Courses or email mary.cs@sefwi.org.uk