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.

The Colour of Winter – January 2021

Do it Yourway exhibition entry

I’m pleased to announce that “Time for Tea” has been selected for the Spring Up Gallery, UK, ‘The Colour of Winter’ online Exhibition.

The Colour of Winter Exhibition Poster
The Colour of Winter Exhibition Poster
Time for Tea in The Colour of Winter Exhibition
Time for Tea in The Colour of Winter Exhibition

“For as long as I can remember I’ve enjoyed visiting local galleries … and am full of admiration for the creativity, skill and individuality of artists and makers.  Through volunteering at a local art gallery it has been my fortune to see a great variety of work and to meet those who created it. ….   In recent years, social media and the Internet have made it possible for artists and makers to reach audiences in different ways …

… this has inspired me to create Spring Up Gallery, to bring the essence of a small friendly local exhibition space into the virtual world. The website provides a space for artists and makers to exhibit and brings the visitor a curated selection of work to browse at their leisure. I will hold regular virtual exhibitions of work by artists and makers whose work I have got to know and appreciate, most of whom are from the Chiltern area and surrounds. I hope you enjoy the virtual exhibitions…” – Sarah Osborne, Springup Gallery. 

Springup gallery logo - The Colour of Winter
Springup gallery logo