Posted in galleries and shops, Hula, news, process, Urban Outfitters Exhibition

An update on projects

Catchy title that: An update on projects.  Yawn.

You’ll have to excuse me as I am feeling very slow this morning.  Too much glorious sunshine (can you have too much?) and possibly a bit too much to drink at the end of the day may be contributing to my sluggishness.  I’ll have to persevere as I am a) rather brave or b) desperately needing to get stuff done and can’t be slowed down by the monumentally bad decision to have a whisky drink after my wine drink?  Answer: b.

And so, here is a little update on all the many projects that are needing my attention:

The I Heart Cafe collaboration is going well.  My partner in the war against ugly and I have decided things.  We’ve had agreements, which when working with someone else is essential.  As far as I can tell, we are on track to put up the work on the 1st of June.  I still need to draw out my plans for the window, which is an activity I have assigned to this Friday.

The Hula artworks are going well. For anyone who has worked with Gocco printing before, you know that ‘flashing’ the screens (making the drawn image appear by magic onto the screen) can sometimes go wrong.  The bulbs may not flash or the drawing may not have enough carbon, both resulting in lots of wasted time and wasted money.  I am happy to report that both of the screens I have made so far are looking fine.  Today I shall continue work on the third drawing.  There will be seven artworks all together.

The Urban Outfitters work is 80% complete.  I’m working on a piece that is a bit redefining, I think, and has taken me 10 hours so far to make.  I think I have another 3 or 4 more to go.  It will be worth it.  Promise.  I am doing something new and am hoping to delay the reveal for the show.  But you know me, I sometimes get a bit excited and impatient.

And then there is the artwork for a fine couple’s home and wedding invitations.  Apparently, the scaffolding over one of the buildings I need to recreate in my style has been dismantled.  What terrifically good news that is for everyone involved.

All of these projects are due in June, July or August.  I better hop to it then.  May is slipping away at a rather alarming rate.

Posted in galleries and shops, news

A commission and a collaboration at I Heart Cafe – Leith Walk

I heart a lot of drawing on this

Making connections is such a lot of fun.  Twitter, Facebook, word of mouth; keep your eyes and ears open and alert and you’ll be amazed at what you find.

My current and latest project (most current as it is demanding attention NOW NOW NOW) is to fill this lovely window with a lovely drawing for the upcoming Leith Late event in June.  June.  You know, that month after May.  June is ten days away and I’ve only just picked up this work.  I already have ideas about how I’m going to fill that window space.  I reckon it will take me two days to draw onto that window what needs to be drawn on.  What a challenge.

I found out about Leith Late whilst flicking through my Twitter home screen.  I don’t always read through this as I choose to hop straight to my lists and leave it at that.  Queue standing or bus sitting usually affords me a bit of down time to flick through the names of the 1,000 + people I’m stalking, I mean following.  And so.  I saw this call out for artists to get involved with Leith Late.  This will be their second year running the event and it just so happens that I Heart Cafe is the first venue on their list as it is geographically closest to the top of Leith Walk.  People are to wind their way down to Leith, popping in and out of pop ups, galleries, events and so on.  For more information, please hop to their Facebook presence here.

Not only will I be decorating the outside of this gorgeous cafe, but I will also be hanging a few pieces within.  And this is where the collaboration happens with fellow artist Jimmy Steel.  With his ideas and mine combined, we will be creating something a bit new, a bit mixed media, a bit funky and printed.  All supplies have been gathered and now it’s just a matter of putting all the pieces together, standing back and hopefully being more than a little pleased with the results.

So, roll on June 1st, the first day of the I Heart Cafe exhibition and roll on June 28th, the night of Leith Late.

Posted in news

Crawley WORDfest features artwork

Several months ago I was contacted by one of the organisers for the Crawley WORDfest event. I was in the middle of scheduling commission orders and thought that it would be a bit difficult to squeeze this one in. I am pleased with my decision to add this to my list as I have been completely thrilled to see the artwork used so extensively for their event.

Initially, I was commissioned to create a bespoke piece to be auctioned at their grand finale. Working with different subject matter as well as trying out a new colour scheme (the original work is in tealy greens, beige and a splash of gold orange) and also combining stitched words was very inspiring. They were so pleased with the piece that the crew decided to use the image for their marketing. If you click on this link, you’ll see my work used as a banner for their website as well as a little blurb about my artwork to be auctioned later this week.

Thanks Crawley WORDfest for inviting me along for the ride.



Posted in galleries and shops, news

‘Contextus’ exhibition at Art’s Complex

Image by Duncan Robertson

So.  I’m in this exhibition.  Well, obviously not me personally, but three pieces for walls and possibly a sheet or two from ‘The Connecting Thread – a personal psychogeography.’  I suppose I’m not really incorrect when I say I’m in this as every piece of artwork any artist creates is a little bit of them plus some magic and possibly a little bit rock and roll.  Or jazz.  Or silence.  Or manic crazy thoughts that zing around the mind when your hands are busy making.

I did spy work from the artist represented in this poster at the RSA.  From what I’ve seen of his work, I think he might have a small fan in me.  It’s the jarring effect of tank with pretty flowers that I particularly like.

Anyway, it should be a good exhibit and I encourage you, dwellers of Edinburgh, to pop along and have a gander.

Exhibition brought to us by Curio Gallery.

Here’s a short write up from the Herald Scotland:

‘Contextus: A Re-weaving Of Fabric’s Context In Art

CURiO Gallery, Arts Complex

St Margaret House

London Road, Edinburgh

07943 511583

March 17–24

The mobile CURiO Gallery’s latest exhibition aims to challenge the general public’s perception of textile art with a group show from artists ranging from the up-and-coming to the established in Edinburgh’s cavernous Arts Complex. Fusing tradition and modernity, some of the artists incorporate synthetic materials into work using traditional highly complex and skilled techniques, while others, like Collette Paterson, who has developed a bonding technique to combine felt and neoprene to make jewellery, invent their own processes. There is only one piece of clothing on display – a deliberate curatorial choice – a costume from a performance piece. But everywhere is recycled history and a contemporary slant, from Larisa Guzova, who combines textiles with light, to Duncan Robertson, who embroiders artillery on to his works, and Liza Green, who incorporates textiles with spent rounds from bullets. There will be less warlike matter, perhaps, in the family activity workshops on the opening weekend (March 17-18) when visitors can mount their own fabric experiments.’

The end.

Posted in galleries and shops, news

I’ve been influenced by the Funk

Big structures.  Big sky.Welcome to Funk.  I promise with my entire heart that this is a real town, nestled on the plains of Nebraska.

Recently, I had to provide an artist statement for an upcoming exhibition.  ‘Contextus‘ – what a name.  You should go check it out.  There will be 14 of us little artists knocking about the place and we would love for you to visit us and our work.  We are generally nice ( I assume) and we don’t bite (I assume again).

Part of my artist statement went a little like this:

Her current city of residence has been great inspiration for her textile and print creations. Old and new architecture, interesting views and the steep hills and layers to the city have provided much to work with and interpret in her particular style. In contrast, she is only just now realising how the wide open fields, forever skies and strong sturdy structures of grain elevetors and water towers on the plains of her youth have influenced her current body of work.  To keep up to date on her latest project, ‘Loving the unlovely’ (working title and hopefully something better than this will come to mind), please visit her blog at

As some of you know, I  like a bit of watercooler banter on Twitter.  I’m sure most of my blog readers (what is it now…five?) find me through Twitter.  One of my TwitterFriends commented that there is a new levity to my work.  Embarrassingly, I had to look up that word.  I may not be bright, but at least I’m honest.  So anyway, I still didn’t quite know what he meant so just had to ask.  He said that perhaps my upbringing, my 20 years spent looking up at those amazing skies and seeing the large cement structures of the grain elevators have somehow influenced me.

As my statement says, I am only just now realising this.

And it is this perspective, this way of viewing things in the context of them just being themselves, singular, alone, ugly, hulking, that is the inspiration of my upcoming exhibition, this summer, at Urban Outfitters.

And there you have it, I’ve let you in a little on my big secret.

Posted in galleries and shops, news

“Tell me a story…”

Tell me a story

Yesterday I met up with the divine Sabine to hand over the artwork for the Crawley WORDfest.  There was a bit of getting lost involved as me and directions and maps, well, the relationship isn’t good.  I end up getting stroppy.  It doesn’t cooperate.  One of us ends up in tears and it’s usually me.

I am happy to announce that once I did arrive at the rendezvous point, the artwork was received with delight.  That is always a good sign.  Scones were had, as was coffee.  I then clamboured back into my motor then headed back into the city.

I know a few days ago I was a bit of a tease about the sentence I chose to stitch into the fabric.  The piece is a night scene, Crawley high street, lamps lit and lights on.  People have commented that my artwork looks ‘comforting’ and I think with the colours I chose and the quilt-like quality of the piece, ‘comforting’ is a word to describe this work as well.  The sentence finishes it off beautifully:  “Tell me a story about when you were younger.”

This piece will be auctioned off at the WORDfest event.  The author of the book from which I chose the sentence will be presenting the work.  How thrilling.  I truly wish that I could make it down for this as I think it would be lovely to meet her and to be a part of all that energy and excitement.

In the meantime, I have ordered a limited edition of prints from The Garret Print Studio and will be selling these during Crawley WORDfest as well as from my own website.

Posted in news, process

A new thing

limited edition print


Limited Edition Print (50)

Image size: 8 inches x 6 inches


I have been toying with the idea of making limited edition prints of my original artworks.  After spending way too much time thinking about this and little time actually doing something about it, I’ve finally taken the step and oh my, am I ever so pleased with the quality.

My worry was that the print quality wouldn’t be able to capture the texture of the work and that the colour wouldn’t be as rich and deep as the fabric is in the flesh.  On two separate occasions, I showed the print to friends.  They both looked at the work and were confused that when they touched it, it didn’t feel like fabric.  They were expecting to feel the stitching under their fingertips.  And that, my friends, is how high quality these prints are.  I am so very pleased.

So the new thing is that I will be offering limited edition prints of some of my original artwork.  These will be on offer on my website and will soon be offered in some of the fine shops that stock my work.

I am also proud to announce that I was the first project for the The Garret Print Studio and I am very thankful for their fab skills.