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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)

Saturday, 30 December 2017

Spring Knitting & Stitching Show exhibition

I am delighted that my 'Finer Focus' triptych has been selected for the Quilters' Guild World War One gallery at the Spring Knitting & Stitching Show from 1st - 4th March 2018  https://www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com/

This is a piece made in 2013 for an Out of the Fold Exhibition. The three hangings measure approx. 15" wide and 100" long and are designed to drape and fold onto the floor to suggest the long and seemingly endless roll of names of those who lost their lives, from all nations, during the first world war.
Finer Focus - calico wholecloth, dyed, stamped and stitched

British panel (detail)
Each of the long list of names is a son, a brother, a father, a husband....

German panel (detail)
The First World War had fallen from many nations

Panel listing the battles of the Western Front (detail)

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show

If you are visiting the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate then please come along to the Artists in Action zone on Friday 24th or Sunday 26th November to see me demonstrating the 'Life's a Bleach!' technique

Life's a bleach experiments (WIP)

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Out of the Fold mini exhibition

Out Of the Fold have an exhibition of small pieces in the first floor gallery at Denny Bros in Bury St Edmunds. Mostly framed or mounted pieces for sale - ideal Christmas gifts for the textile lover in your life.

Friday, 18 August 2017

Tin Hut Textiles exhibition getting close

Just finishing off some pieces to go into the Tin Hut Exhibition at Snape www.snapemaltings.co.uk.

This is a new body of work being unveiled for the first time. A little glimpse to tempt you along to the exhibition:
Venue: Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP171SP
Date: Friday 1st - Wed 6th September 2017
Time: 10am - 5pm

Fragments 2 detail

Fragments 3 detail
There will be lots of work by all 10 members of Tin Hut Textiles including our newest member Linda Kiff - hope to see you there

Thursday, 17 August 2017

First demo at Festival of Quilts

I did my first ever demonstration at the Festival of Quilts 2017 showing the 'Life's a bleach' technique. The demo was filmed and shown on a large screen. Here is the room starting to fill up. Very multinational audience - the front row had visitors from Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand and Colchester

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Copper Bleach on the way to a new home

It is with mixed emotions that I send my quilt off to a new home in Henley on Thames. I am delighted that a buyer likes it enough to hang it on the wall of their house but it is like saying farewell to a beloved friend after so many happy hours in the making.

Copper bleach by Mary McIntosh. Triptych 1.2 metres x 1.6 metres

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Highly Commended at Festival of Quilts 2017

Really pleased to receive a Highly Commended for my entry into the Miniature Quilt competition at FOQ this year. This was originally made as a sample for a larger piece

Copper Coil miniature 8" square