New Grooves Exhibition in Notting Hill

Detail from "Covid 19. Part 1" - A Red hand embroidery documenting our shared experiences from 2020

I’m pleased to announce that “COVID -19 Part 1” has been selected for the New Grooves Exhibition in Notting Hill, London.

This exhibition of prints will feature images of artwork from each of the many virtual exhibitions hosted by New Grooves Gallery during the pandemic.

“We would like to exhibit EVERYONE’s work …. All artworks will be exhibited in the form of prints so that everyone has the opportunity to exhibit their work! We’re donating all the profits to Create Charity, a charity whose focus is on creative and mental health – something which is super important to us.” – Zoe & Eleanor, curators at New Grooves.

The exhibition runs from 13th – 21st August 2021 at the Blaze Image Gallery, 111 Talbot Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2AT.

An online exhibition preview is available where you can and vote for your favourite artwork – Please vote for me!

New Grooves Exhibition in Notting Hill information poster
New Grooves Exhibition in Notting Hill Poster
Embroidered text sharing a personal journey through Lockdown 2020 New Grooves Exhibition in Notting Hill
COVID 19 – Part 1: a personal journey through Lockdown 2020

Walk Bye Anniversary Exhibition

Moors of Home - red hand embroidered words of a lancashire poem onto cotton cloth

I’m pleased to announce that “Moors of Home” has been selected for the Walk Bye Anniversary Exhibition. Each invited artist has contributed to the ever changing collection of public art outside the Jersey City Free Public Library: Earl A. Morgan Branch, New Jersey, USA – 1841 John F, Kennedy Blvd., Jersey City, NJ, USA 07305.

The virtual exhibition space was designed by Crystal Letters can be viewed on-line via this link.

List of artists taking part in Walk Bye Anniversary Exhibition
Exhibiting artists
The entrance to the virtual Walk Bye Anniversary Exhibition
The entrance to the virtual Walk Bye Anniversary Exhibition
Artwork on display in the virtual Walk Bye Anniversary Exhibition
Inside the Exhibition
Moors of Home - Artwork on display in the virtual Walk Bye Anniversary Exhibition
Moors of Home
Inside the Exhibition
Inside the Exhibition
Inside the Exhibition
Inside the Exhibition

“ABOUT WALK_BYE
Founder of Walk-Bye, Catalina Aranguren, has always been inspired by the power of art to transform and connect us. The pandemic has allowed for her to share her artwork virtually in other countries including Sweden, UK, Hungary and Spain. Art has become a way to continue to connect to others during a time when we all feel so suddenly disconnected from the outside world. The human element is severely missing, what we all really need right now — connection to others outside the virtual.”

Moors of Home

Moors of Home - detail

I think the past year has taught us all to enjoy the simple things in life. It’s been a long time since we all had the freedom to travel where and when we choose. This got me wondering. If I could go anywhere in the UK, where would I go? My chosen place is a scene perfectly described in Moors of Home.

Moors of Home - red hand embroidered words of a lancashire poem onto cotton cloth
Moors of Home

‘Moors of Home’ was designed in Spring 2021 during lockdown in the UK and is about a special place I long to return to once ‘normality’ returns.  The central panel is an extract from the poem ‘Pennine Ramble’ written by Ebron. It was first published in “A Lancashire Miscellany”, a newspaper column featured in weekend editions of the Oldham Chronicle between 1956 and 1959.

The reverse of  the work showing red thread embroidery on cloth
Work in progress

The words around the outer border depict a memory from my own childhood of visiting my Grandparents in Stacksteads, Lancashire.

On sunny days they would pack a picnic and say ‘Let’s go up clough’. For me this meant a short walk up the footpath, past the farm with a Border Collie dog and ducks, over the stile and through the broken dry-stone walls, followed by a steep climb up to the clough and the brook where the water flowed fresh from the moors. I’ve spent many summers since, sitting on the same rock, under the tree and paddling my feed in the cool water.

Moors of Home - red hand embroidered words of a lancashire poem onto cotton cloth
Moors of Home

Size 21 x 27 cm. The piece is hand embroidered and hand stitched with vintage Sylko thread on cotton cloth Eco printed with leaves and petals from my lockdown garden in Summer 2020.

Moors of Home is part of a body of work about my Lancashire roots.