My Rochdale Lad

My Rochdale Lad

In November 2020 I came across an article promoting the ‘Winter Pocket Competition’ from Yale University Press. After a long time thinking and designing I created this pocket titled ‘My Rochdale Lad’.

The pocket is hand drawn. The words are from a poem ‘Oh Johnny’ by R. R. Bealey, written in Lancashire dialect in the 1860’s.

Size 31 x 20 cm. Hand embroidered and hand constructed using embroidery thread, cotton cloth and vintage bias binding.

Two months to design. Ten days to embroider. Five days to construct.

My Rochdale Lad
My Rochdale Lad
Vintage bias tape
Vintage bias tape
Carefully cutting out
Carefully cutting out

I learned a great deal about myself during this project – including designing, planning and constructing – and it gave me the opportunity to rethink how I can present future artwork in a 3D way.

MCR Sew Social

MCR Sew Social Exhibition Poster

I’m pleased to announce that “The Sound of the Kenwood Chef ” has been selected for the first online exhibition by MCR Sew Social  in celebration of International Women’s Day.

Join us for the launch event at 7pm on 8th March 2021 via Zoom. Tickets are free and available via this link. We can’t wait to see you there!

UPDATE: Please view the on-line Gallery via this link.

Manchester Sew Social poster showing exhibiting artists
Exhibiting Artists
The Sound of the Kenwood Chef - exhibiting in the Manchester Sew Social Exhibition
The Sound of the Kenwood Chef
Mcr Sew Social Virtual Gallery
Mcr Sew Social Virtual Gallery

“MCR Sew Social will be hosting their first online exhibition for womxn artists and textile makers based in Greater Manchester in celebration of International Women’s Day. The theme is “What does International Women’s Day mean to you?”

Mcr Sew Social was established in 2018, now run by textile artists Rowan Bridgwood and Louisa Hammond. As a group composed mainly of womxn it has been a goal to showcase local textile artists’ work. International Women’s Day is a perfect opportunity to celebrate the collective voices of these womxn.” – Rowan and Louisa.

This event has been supported with a grant from Manchester City Council.

Postcard Project – ‘Artists Responding To’

'Artists Responding To' Postcard Project Book

I am pleased to announce that ‘Pandemic Object 2020’ has been selected for inclusion in the ‘Artists Responding To’ Postcard Project Book. Pen drawing onto card ; Size 10cm x 15cm. This is the third piece of art I completed during Lockdown #2 in November 2020. The others are ‘4 Hours in History’ and ‘Self Portrait’.

'Artists Responding To' Postcard Project Book
‘Artists Responding To’ Postcard Project Book
Pandemic Object 2020 Sewing Machine
Created during Lockdown #2: Pandemic Object 2020 – The Sewing Machine
Pandemic Object 2020 Sewing Machine
Pandemic Object 2020 in Print
Pandemic Object 2020 Sewing Machine featured in the Postcard Project Book
Detail: Pandemic Object 2020

“The Postcard Project has been an incredibly moving and emotional project. 2020 has been an unpredictable year, consumed by a global pandemic, environmental turmoil and political warfare, but we have also experienced community and action

…. At the beginning of November 2020, and the start of the UK’s second national lockdown, ARTISTS RESPONDING TO … sent 200 postcards across the UK to 200 artists. These artists were invited to reflect on the year 2020 and create artwork directly onto the postcards. The postcards involved in this project have been curated into an Art Book. The artworks in this book share personal experiences that we can all relate to, and although they are small in size, they are hugely powerful

….. Seeing how much this year has affected every artist in such different ways has really put this year into perspective. The book allows us to experience the artist’s stories in such a raw and honest way, which is sure to evoke a whole array of emotions for our readers.” – Artists Responding To.

Artworks will be on exhibition in 2021 (dependant on Covid restrictions).

Copies of the Book are available to buy from https://www.artistsrespondingto.co.uk/shop-1

Poster:  The Postcard Project
2020 Project Poster