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Musings of a Textile Girl

January 2019

As 2019 dawn, i'm working full steam ahead on two exhibitions that i have in the early part of the year.

The first is at The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

It opens on 26th January - 30th March 2019


The 2nd is at The Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire.

It opems 22nd Febrary - 7th March 2019

Further exhibitions in 2019 will be announced soon.


I recently had the pleasure of working on a commission for a leaving gift for someone at the Darlingtom Hippodrome.

One of my  paintings already hangs at the Darlington Hippodrome and was asked to do a 2nd as the lady liked it so much.

Instead of painting on Linen canvas, I chose some really lovely recycled linen pulp paper that sucks up the paint so deliciously.

Once the paint is fully dry, i then embelish on it with pen and ink, followed by some absolutly gorgious vintage sweedish linen thread.


August 2018

The joy of a long summer ahead of me is thrilling.

I plan on painting, sketching and getting out as much as possible.

So the 1st August i hoped and high footed it over to Saltburn, sat the whole day painting seascapes and feeling at one with the world.

Happiness indead!

October 2017

Now the Festival of Thrift is over for another year, I am able to get back to painting at the coast and the North Yorkshire Moors and Dales and creating more pieces for galleries and next years exhibition.

I love the Festival and these days it one of the few event I sell at and being a thrifty textile girl, its a passion of mine.

As i am mainly gallery based these days, i have much more time to focus on my work and let it develop very organicaly and as such, vintage fabrics and textiles have crept into my pieces.

I am still working on a body of work using vintage clothing but lately, using the most delicious thrifted linen as my canvas.

Now the days are drawing in and the weather is becoming chillier, my pieces reflect this, and the wild nature of the sea is stunningly beautiful.


May 2017

My First exhibition this year is heald on The Platform, Richmond Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire.


I have a love and passion of the North Yorkshire coastline and countryside.

It's my go to place to fill my heart with calm and joy.

After spending my teenage years living in the Yorkshire Dales, having insperation to paint and draw right on my door step and that has always stayed with me.

Oftain to be found at the North Yorkhire coast at saltburn or on the North Yorksire hill with a sketchbook, paint palet and camara.




December 2016

December brought my micro exhibition & residency with Navigator North at a fabulous pop up shop in Darlington.

It has been such a full on, hectic December but i wouldnt have missed it for the world.

The suport of such a super organization as Navigator North has been great. They orgaized a pop up shop venue with in the centre of Darlington's shopping precinct, with folk passing by, popping in to chat and buying artwork as christmas gifts for their loved ones.

Now for a well earned few weeks off to relax and recouperate with my family. And, then the new year can begin, workshops will resume and i start a very exciting new costume job.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all.


November 2016

Novemeber was a busy month. With the workshops coming to a close, planing for a micro pop up exhibition & residency and costume work for Enchanted Parks 2016 in Newcastle.

The costumes were a wonderful opportunity, the brief was for Midsummer Nights Dream esk inspired play based in a park in Newcasle. These plays have taken place for a number of years and it was such an plesure to be involved.

All the costumes were made from wool (to keep the actors warm and repel the possibility of inclemant weather.)

The Ruffs were all hand made felt, each leaf sewn in to and lovingly placed around the neck.

It is as always such a plesure to be the costume girl on such wonderful productions.

October 2016


I am now settled I my new studio on Parkgate and work om my next exhibitiom is well umder way.

After what was a fabulous Festival Of Thrift at KIrkleatham Hall, Redcar, the new term begun and its fabulous that all the course places are now taken.

After having a list of names on a waiting list, i decided to ad another patchwork session, this time on a friday.


August 2016


The New Studio and Shop.

It has been all go with moving out of my Lingfirld Point studio to the new studio at

99 Parkgate Chambers,




We have spent the past week taking out the awful internal fixtures and replacing and decorating with lovely new fixtures and a clean fresh look.

The studio now looks warm and inviting and it will be a wonderful place to work as a Textile artist and tutor.

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