Giant Cauliflower Harvest

Giant Cauliflower Harvest, is my latest piece of needlework created as a companion piece for the upcoming Fifty Bees 5 exhibition curated by Textile Artist Lydia Needle.

The exhibition concept is that Lydia hand stitches 50 British bees and each invited artist creates a companion piece for just one of the bees.

My little bee is the Long-Fringed Mini Mining Bee (Andrena niveata).

This little Mining bee is a solitary fellow foraging amongst crucifer-rich habitats along cliff tops and heathlands, excavating burrows as its home. As agriculture & erosion have slowly changed this beautiful landscape the bee numbers have declined and it has been listed as rare since 1987.
In 2008 it found a new home when it was spotted on an allotment, foraging amongst a vegetable patch full of crucifer vegetables such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower and sprouts.
This reminds me of some of my fondest memories including Dad’s allotment and the year he produced a bumper crop we named ‘The Giant Cauliflower Harvest’!

Size 21 x 21cm. Vintage Sylko thread, cotton cloth.

The exhibition is open at ACE Arts in Somerton, Somerset from the 8th April – 14th May 2022.

Giant Cauliflower Harvest - embroidered word, red thread about my father and his allotment
Giant Cauliflower Harvest

This piece forms part of a body of work about my Lancashire roots.

In and Out of Lockdown

I’m pleased to announce that ‘Fragments‘ is part of ‘In and Out of Lockdown’ – the Embroiderers’ Guild Members’ Challenge 2022.

In and Out of Lockdown
Fragments – Part of ‘In and Out of Lockdown’

Hand stitched cotton cloth, eco-dyed and marked with leaves from my Lockdown garden.

Fragments - Part of 'In and Out of Lockdown'
Quarter inch hexagons

This is the fourth Guild Challenge I’ve taken part in – previous entries include ‘Matchbox Challenge‘, ‘Take Time to smell the Roses‘ and ‘Sound of the Kenwood Chef‘.

The Embroiderers’ Guild Challenge 2022 artworks will be on display at The Knitting and Stitching Show in 2022.

Saltaire Arts Trial 2022

I’m pleased to announce that I’ll be taking part in Saltaire Arts Trial 2022. A selection of my artwork will be on exhibition Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May in The Stitch Society shop within the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Salts Mill, Shipley.

Saltaire Arts Trial 2022 poster featuring the event poster and mill architecture
Saltaire Arts Trial 2022

I’m slowly preparing artworks to show – starting with Sound of the Kenwood Chef and Matchbox Challenge.

red hand embroidered words about my mum's home baking - part of Print It 2022
Sound of the Kenwood Chef

The Arts Trail guides visitors to exhibitions within Sataire village in addition to exhibitions and events within Salts Mill.

I’ll be there during the event and I hope to see many of you there.