Textiles for Sale
As the winter draws in, my thoughts turn to selling the remainder of the work that I have made over the past year, making space for the private commissions that are lining up and, hopefully, for an exciting change in subject matter for 2016. To this end, Brian has made a new page on the website - a 'for sale' gallery of the large wall-hangings made as part of the "Assynt Sutras" exhibition, but which have not yet sold. Visit the Online Shop to see what is still available, at slightly-reduced prices.
At present, I am making small work for the annual Christmas exhibition at the Macphail Centre, Ullapool. "Enchanted Wood" opens on the 27th November and runs for four weeks. Like last year, I will be sharing the space with David Young, who makes small furnishings such as clocks, lamp bases and coffee tables out of the wind blown trees in his garden. It seems that wood and embroidered textiles make for an enchanting partnership.
Embroidered Landscapes 2015
This year's run of workshops has ended on a high note, with the tremendous success of the Embroidered Landscapes course, held in Ullapool in late October. Inspired by the local landscape, the participants produced some stunning work. Everyone left tired but happy, and determined to carry on with this expressive form of textile art. Most still had quite a bit of hand embroidery embellishment to do when they got home, but to see some of their work at the 'almost finished' stage, have a look at the Embroidered Landscape Course page in the Course Archive section of this website.
I am not intending to run this course in 2016, but if you would like to attend this course in 2017, then please e-mail me with a note of interest.
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This is my third year of selling embroidered textile panels - large and small - through various Highland galleries. I am delighted with the response and sales are building every month. In particular, Ceàrd - a new art and craft gallery in Ullapool - is doing a brilliant job of promoting and selling my work. They are open throughout the winter too, so do go and see their great range of work by local artists and makers.
But I am most excited to have finished a large body of work for exhibition at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, which ran from 23rd of August until the 3rd of October . The exhibition comprised of a series of large-format textile embroideries and was called Assynt Sutras.
And after a successful Christmas exhibition at the Macphail Centre, Ullapool, last year, Chris and Yvonne are kindly allowing me to return for their 2015 Christmas exhibition. Once more, I will be joined by David Young, who utilises the natural curves and markings to be found in the wind-blown trees from his own garden to make intricately-patterned furniture and artefacts such as mirror frames and clocks. The exhibition runs from 27th November - 18th December and is called Enchanted Wood.
Next year is not so far away now and my enthusiasm for stitching is undiminished. So, my plan is to spend the winter months researching for a new theme in my textile work, focussing on the sea and shore and held together under the title of A Sea of Stitches. This work will be exhibited at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, in the autumn of 2016.
To see a full list of exhibitions and dates, go to Textile Exhibitions.
To find out where you can see and buy my recent work, have a look at the Stockists page.
A New Adventure into Print
All of my textile work is in response to the environment in which I live. Over the last few years, some distinct themes have started to emerge and so it has been possible to group the works together under titles such as Assynt Sutras, which is the title of the exhibition of fourteen large panels currently on display at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool. And so I have decided to celebrate each theme by publishing a short run of a high-quality book, complete with photographs by Ricky Frew and text written by myself.
The publication is just at the development stage, but should be completed in the Spring. If you think you might be interested in buying one, please e-mail me and I will let you know when it is ready to send out.