Third piece of July news!

I feel very flattered that one of my fabric dogs is on display at Gallery@Oxo, Southbank London in a group show of British Contemporary Art featuring the works of Banksy, Peter Blake, Gavin Turk and Bruce McLean (to name a few) WOW ! It is on from 10th July- 21st July and well with a visit
www.iaysha.com

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Second bit of July news

I was approached by the award winning wildlife photography team, Amanda and Owen Barrett to be part of their show in Wells , Somerset to celebrate Badgers. It is to raise awareness of this much maligned large mammal that deserves to be championed in the current climate. The exhibition runs from tyh - 27th July at the A2 Gallery.

My ‘Bisto’ the Badger is made from a whole assortment of objects from old bicycle gears, Singer sewing machine parts to typewriter keys and several toy metal farmyard cows (just to show they could live in harmony!)

I’m delighted to be showing amongst the 26 artists from the UK especially two sculptors whom I admire, Adam Binder and Nick Mackman More about all the artists in the link below.

www.a2gallery.co.uk/meles-meles

‘Bisto’ the life size Badger

‘Bisto’ the life size Badger

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First July News

July has been a very busy month for me….not sure why, everything turned up at once!

First of all I completed a Hare made from a whole variety of ‘up-cycled’ objects that was commissioned by Ontario Science Centre in Toronto. I was contacted ‘out of the blue’ by them as they have a display case in their museum that is for artists using recycling methods to create something new. I was delighted to have been approached by them but I had a very strict set of dimensions that the completed piece had to be within to fit into its own space in the case. It was a very interesting sculpt as the base it could sit on was small (6” x 8”) and the finished height could only be 13” max but I’m happy to say it is now happily in Canada!

Ontario Hare 32cm High

Ontario Hare 32cm High

Possibly the Hare’s last view of greenery from my workroom window before being crated up for its journey

Possibly the Hare’s last view of greenery from my workroom window before being crated up for its journey

Summer Design Collection in Glasgow

The wonderful Roger Billcliffe Gallery is hosting their Summer exhibition from 27th June- 31st July.

three of my pieces will be on show up there in Glasgow, two of my textile dogs and this new piece ‘Chicken with attitude’

If you are in the area please do drop in to have a look. 134 Blythswood St, Glasgow G2 4EL

www.billcliffegallery.com

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Skylark Galleries Summer Exhibition 19th June- 30th June 2019 Gallery@Oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, London Southbank

One of my fabric hounds is proudly standing in the window for this wonderful summer show on the Southbank.

Skylark Galleries are run by a group of a professional artists who are also at hand to talk to visitors about their work. If you see something you like you can take it away with you straight away rather than have to wait for the end of the show.

Entrance is free and part of the profits will be given to Evelina Children’s Heart Organisation

The show runs from 19th June - 30th June daily 11am- 6pm + late opening until 7pm Thurs, Fri, Sat

Elegant Black Hound 51cm H x 72cm L x 22cm W

Elegant Black Hound 51cm H x 72cm L x 22cm W

Hound made with a strong wire armature, and vintage textiles with some embroidery

Hound made with a strong wire armature, and vintage textiles with some embroidery

How much is that doggy in the window?  Hanging Day at Gallery @Oxo  18th June——-opening night tomorrow 19th June

How much is that doggy in the window? Hanging Day at Gallery @Oxo 18th June——-opening night tomorrow 19th June

Pinkfoot Gallery Cat Show 25st May - 2nd June

sorry this post is so late, but you can keep up with my news via Insta or FB as I’m a bit more active there!!!!

This Cat themed Show in beautiful Cley next the Sea was full of felines, three of mine were to be found prowling around.

‘One in a Million’ made from a huge selection of found objects including plastic dinosaurs and typewriter keys.

a Cat called ‘Lion at Heart’

‘Thimble Tip’ the cat

Dog Show at Chatsworth House during May 2019

I was very happy to be invited to take part in this year’s Chatsworth House dog-themed exhibition held in the VIP area of the Dodson & Horrell International Horse trials. It was a privilege to be part of the show.

‘Artemis’ Hound’ found a new home after the show, the tapestry fabric with all the animals woven into the design was such an appropriate find.

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April In Australia

A very belated post, but I had the most wonderful time spending most of April 2019 in Australia. I was invited to teach with FibreArts Australia in Toowoomba and Ballarat also having time on my own to explore Brisbane and Melbourne. What amazing Art Galleries they have over there, spent days and days wondering around.

Here are a mixture of images from my time there’d

New house, new studio space

I have been a bit quiet on my social media and website recently due to a house move and the construction of my new workspace….it is still under wraps at the moment …….

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Second Art Fair in May

There is a Fair in the beautiful Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum for the first time this May.

It is the Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair and I will be exhibiting 4 works with Smithy Gallery, the fair runs from 11th -13th May. Details at www.gcaf.co.uk

'The Otter and his prize'  a life-size swimming Otter proudly hanging on to its fish-shaped jelly mould 

'The Otter and his prize'  a life-size swimming Otter proudly hanging on to its fish-shaped jelly mould 

'Leaping Pine Marten' a life-size wire and expanded foam form covered in Scottish tweeds and 'found' objects

'Leaping Pine Marten' a life-size wire and expanded foam form covered in Scottish tweeds and 'found' objects

'Lion at heart' life size feline full of attitude

'Lion at heart' life size feline full of attitude

'Cygnus' a life-size Bronze resin Swan to reside in your garden

'Cygnus' a life-size Bronze resin Swan to reside in your garden

Two Art Fairs in May

May is THE month for Art Fairs!

I shall be exhibiting at two fairs in May the first is the Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead and I will be showing 5 sculptures with EAS galleries, details at www.affordableartfair.com/fairs/london-hampstead

Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo)   a very arresting Owl from various found materials residing on his own Deed box

Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo)   a very arresting Owl from various found materials residing on his own Deed box

A Parliament of Owls      made from wire, tin and an old cash box, they give sage advice

A Parliament of Owls      made from wire, tin and an old cash box, they give sage advice

'Rapid response' the Hare with all the things he needs to help attached to his collar

'Rapid response' the Hare with all the things he needs to help attached to his collar

'Thimble-tip' the cat

'Thimble-tip' the cat

'Elegant Hound'   a beautiful creature made from wire, and textiles 

'Elegant Hound'   a beautiful creature made from wire, and textiles 

Australian Magazine 'Junkies'

Just a big thank you to Junkies Magazine from Australia, they champion 'Rethink, Reuse, Reduce, Recycle' all subjects close to my heart. They have given me a huge 6 page spread about my work....

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National Trust at Greys Court

This year I will be exhibiting for the first time with the Oxford Group of Sculptors. The venue is the beautiful house and gardens of Greys Court just outside of Henley on Thames.
The exhibition will be open every day from 10am - 5 pm from Saturday 3rd June until Sunday 25th June.
It is a great privilege to be exhibiting in such a marvellous venue and my Cockerel and Hen will be in excellent company there!

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greys-court 
 

 

 

Cockerel
My Hen looks good

British Craft Council Pavilion at the London Design Fair

I am so delighted to have been selected to have a stand at this years London Design Fair where, for the first time, the British Crafts Council are having their own large pavilion with 25 selected makers. The fair takes place at The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane, London E1 6QL from September 22-25th (the first two days are Trade and Press only) If you would like to meet me in person, I shall be there every day showing off new pieces.

www.londondesignfair.co.uk/features/british-craft-pavilion

This Horse and Foal made from all manner of recycled and found objects will be amongst many other pieces on show at the Fair, to give an idea of size, the larger Horse is approx. 50cm H x 50cm L

This Horse and Foal made from all manner of recycled and found objects will be amongst many other pieces on show at the Fair, to give an idea of size, the larger Horse is approx. 50cm H x 50cm L

Bucks Open Studios

From the 11th - 26th June, 20 of my bird pieces will be on display at the lovely Alphabet Soup gallery in Great Missenden, Bucks HP16 0AL. They are open every day apart from Sundays from 9.30am - 5pm. Hope some of you can get to visit, lots of other venues to see in the area.

 

Just some of my flock that will be available at Alphabet Soup

Just some of my flock that will be available at Alphabet Soup

Another Life at Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery

I’m delighted to be taking part in this show in Leeds which starts on the 19th March and runs until 25th June. It celebrates artists and craftsmen who use found and discarded materials to create something new and even better! So many wonderful pieces will be there.

I have two of my animals in the show: ‘Black Swan’, life sized with the armature made from wooden furniture off-cuts and plaster, over which I tightly bound and stitched strips of vintage fabric, leather and black wire.

The other piece is ‘Fish please’ the life size cat, it has an armature of old wire netting onto which I attached numerous ‘found’ objects with copper from electrical wiring. Amongst the many objects used are cutlery, horse brasses, typewriter keys, watch parts, an old tin tray and several buckles and keys.

www.craftcentreleeds.co.uk/#!another-life/c8bf

Black Swan

Black Swan

Fish please  the Cat

'Fish please' the cat

Summer Cocktail at the Union Gallery

Two of my Hares, 'Penny for your thoughts' and 'H is for handsome Hare' are part of the Union Gallery's Summer Cocktail show. It opens on 10th July and runs until the 2nd August.
5 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3JU   

'Penny' and 'Handsome' 70cm high