Dementia 2 – Confusion


A new exhibition at the House of Smalls called ‘Between the Lines’ prompted me to create a new piece of work called ‘Dementia 2 – Confusion ’ for the Dollhouse gallery

‘Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’ ~ Dylan Thomas. ‘Between The Lines’, an exhibition relating to ageing and all that comes with it.

House of Smalls
Exhibition artists
Exhibition artists

The exhibition takes place at The House of Smalls, Cambrook Court, High Street, Chipping Campden, Glos GL55 6AT from 3rd February – 2nd March 2024.

About the artwork: Dementia 2 – Confusion

For years I was unsure what ‘living with dementia’ actually meant, then in early 2023 the meaning became very clear. A family member started displaying signs of confusion. On reflection, we realised that there’d been subtle symptoms of Dementia there for some time – the kind of symptoms that aren’t really noticeable when you see someone day to day – until you start to question it.

Dementia is devastating. It’s a rollercoaster of physical exhaustion, and emotional and mental anguish for both patient and carers.

This piece is part of a series about an experience of Dementia and in particular Vascular Dementia.

Dementia 2 – Confusion

“Nothing feels the same…. I don’t know what’s going on” Mary S. 2023.

In the earlier stages, memory loss and confusion may be mild. The person with vascular dementia may be aware of — and frustrated by — the changes taking place, such as difficulty recalling recent events, making decisions or processing what was said by others. In the later stages, memory loss becomes far more severe. – Alzheimer’s Association.

Being forgetful, absentminded, or not quite remembering are often put down to old age or even menopause – but when does it become noticeable that there is something more going on?

Size 11.5 x 11.5cm. Hand embroidered cotton cloth, vintage Sylko thread.

Vascular dementia is the second most common type of dementia. – Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Dementia 2 - Confusion
Dementia 2 – Confusion

This is one of a series of small artworks that I’ve created that fit in perfectly with the scale of the Dollhouse exhibition.

Update: ‘Between the Lines’ dollhouse exhibition

The God of Small Things Exhibition

I’m pleased to announce that Keepsake have been selected by curator Penny Woolfall for ‘The God of Small Things’ exhibition at 54 The Gallery in Mayfair.

The exhibition is organised by the Week 45 Collective, an International Womens’ Artists Collective. 

Keepsake collection. part of The God of Small Things exhibition.
Keepsake collection. part of The God of Small Things exhibition.

The God of Small Things Exhibition

This show explores the initimate and small details of our lives which mean so much to us. We explore the traces of our lives, in our homes and environment, things that touch us alone, things that mean nothing and everything. We celebrate our wonderful women artists with a range of textiles, painting, ceramics, glasswork and ephemera and often have demonstrations, readings and we also sell books and hand made cards made by our talented artists.

Week 45 Collective

The exhibition is open at 29 January – 3 February 2024 (noon until 9pm) at 54 The Gallery,  Shepherd’s Market,  W1J 7QX. 

Please book your free tickets using this Eventbrite link .

54 The Gallery is located in Shepherd Market, a part of London built between 1735 and 1746 by Edward Shepherd on the grounds of the May Fair.

Update – Images from The God of Small Things Exhibition

Image courtesy : Elly Platt
Image courtesy : Elly Platt
Image courtesy : Alison Aye
Image courtesy : Alison Aye

Millstone Grit

A new exhibition at the House of Smalls prompted me to create a new piece of work called Millstone Grit for the Dollhouse gallery.

The exhibition takes place at The House of Smalls, Cambrook Court, High Street, Chipping Campden, Glos GL55 6AT from 26th August – 16th September 2023.

With an exhibition titled ‘In Memory Of’ I designed an artwork in memory of my Dad.

Millstone Grit
Millstone Grit

About ‘Millstone Grit’ :

“Stoic, solid, immovable …. millstone grit is as perfect a symbol for the North of England – the old North – as one can imagine.” Ben Myers.

A hill farmer’s son, father to six kids and a veteran of the Korean War.  A quiet man of few words – My Dad.

Size 11.5 x 11.5 cm. Hand embroidered textile art. Vintage Sylko cotton thread, cotton cloth.

Hand embroidered
Hand embroidered

“A show for artworks made in remembrance of someone lost/left.” House of Smalls.

List of Artists taking part in the exhibition
Artists taking part in the exhibition.

I’m enjoying making small artworks that fit in perfectly with the scale of the Dollhouse exhibition.

Update – Images from the ‘In Memory Of’ dollhouse exhibition