‘Rhythms’ – Handa Gallery 2020 with the Links and Layers group.

A successful exhibition, held during a brief respite from gallery closures due to COVID.

More images to come, but here is Glad that I live am I, an interpretation of a song/hymn I sang on my swing in the garden as a child. The embroidered word ‘seats’ are written in the Marion Richardson script that I was being taught at school – my first ‘joined-up’ handwriting. The image ‘seats’ worked from the words are bobbin lace panels, worked in linen, and then coloured as a child would colour a picture. They are deliberately child-like in nature. Each ‘seat’ is life-size.

Rhythms – Links and Layers at the Handa Gallery, Wells

Well, for so many reasons, it has been a long time since I posted. However, I have spent all day with other members of Links and Layers putting up our latest exhibition in the Handa Gallery which is part of Wells Maltings in Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk.

In my ‘words’ for the exhibition, I mention that the sounds I recorded for Soundscapes are on this website. For those who have followed the lead, there is now a tab on the Home page to take you to where you can listen and see the lace and images.

Links and Layers Summer Exhibition, Pensthorpe June 2019

Another successful exhibition with Links and Layers. This was a new venue for us and used a new exhibition space which has plenty of potential.

The mixed exhibition garnered many compliments, particularly about the breadth of skill within our group of eight.

Where to next?

After the winter

After a busy Winter/Spring 2018/19 this post looks back rather than forward.

January was taken up with my participation in an exhibition by the Bishy Lace Group entitled ‘Microscopic’. The interpretation of the theme by the small group of contemporary lacemakers was diverse and exciting. Please see the article in Be Creative January 2019 (

My main contribution was My Address Book, a series of ‘slides’ with images and lace reflecting my place in the universe! I remember writing my address as a child to include details from my house number to The World, The Universe! The thematic link is that in terms of the universe, I am only a microscopic part, The piece also reflects my knowledge of my world at the age of eight. Looking out the images, many taken from Ladybird books, was a pleasure in itself.

My Address Book
My Address Book, detail

NCCS Inspired 2018

More details to come but here is the flyer for the next exhibition I am taking part in – it is always a good source of Christmas presents in a beautiful environment. Hope to see you there!


Confluence – an exciting venture for September 2018

The various pieces that make up Confluence are created in response to the North Norfolk rivers, streams and becks that are local to us. The exhibition title reflects our subject but also the way in which we have worked both individually and in collaboration.

Throughout a year we have visited these places regularly, taking time to watch, listen and explore. Our solitary walks and visits, together with an evolving conversation about ideas and creative practice, have lead to the artwork and poetry in the exhibition.

Having shared our skills, we’ve discovered some fruitful ways to combine and enhance each other.

Workshops using threads, words and clay will be held throughout the exhibition.

August 2018, here already

At the moment, Links and Layers are exhibiting in the Old Workshop Gallery in Corpusty. We are really enjoying our time in the gallery – the exhibition is open until 2nd September so do get along if you can.

What happened to the year?

After a long break, here is an update on what I have been doing all this time!

I have been busy preparing for several exhibitions – the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society had a very successful stay at Creake Abbey where the beautiful barn lent itself to a stunning display of craft in May.

This was succeeded by the Links and Layers group of eight artists, including myself, displaying our work at Salthouse church in July.

Please contact me if you have any questions or comments

After the storm

Following high winds and heavy rain (described on the BBC as drizzle?) we went to check out Lace Routes. Fortunately it is still in place, with a few minor adjustments, and survives as well as I had hoped when conceiving the project. Linen is a wonderful thread to use for lacemaking, whether inside or out! Slightly more surprising, perhaps, is that the silk in the embroidery frame, the memory from Blakeney, is still holding firm and has not torn or stretched despite the considerable challenges of the weather this July. I will be going to see the piece with family this weekend so I hope that the suns shines for a change.

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