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!
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.
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, in eluding myself, displaying our work at Salthouse church in July.
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.
Not without a struggle, my piece for Cley 17 is now up in the ruined north transept at St Margaret’s Cley. As promised, I am adding my thoughts, recordings and images to this site – please see the main menu for the duration of the exhibition! Do come and see this exciting exhibition in its beautiful surroundings.
I have been selected for the Cley 17 exhibition, at the church in Cley next the Sea, Norfolk from 6th July to 6th August – more details to follow when I have them.
My piece for this exhibition, Lace Routes, will include a series of blogs on this site containing images, words and sounds as well as the major lace work that will be situated in a ruined transept window outside the church. Keep looking and details will appear!
A small lace swing drifts in the breeze; a crow knitted from black and white wire hovers, wings outstretched, beneath a dark-spread tree; glass fish gleam from the moat.
The grounds and gardens of Mannington Hall, already lush with midsummer flowers and foliage, are alive with art, overflowing from an exhibition room into the parkland, rose garden, ruined chapel and moat of this fairytale-like estate.
The tapestries, figurines, plaques, bowls, sculpture and jewellery, are the creations of members of the Norfolk Contemporary Crafts Society, and unlike in a standard exhibition, have evolved from the landscape they inhabit.
In the heritage rose gardens, hundreds of historic roses are grouped into themed areas, showcasing the plants of periods ranging from medieval to 21st century. Rare roses bloom in blowsy opulence, scenting the air and colouring the walled garden every shade of pink and peach, crimson and gold …
There is an orchard area too, and here Beth Walsh has made a swing out of linen thread. Suspended from an apple tree it is inspired both by the rose gardens and a painting Beth loves. She is a lace-maker, and visited Mannington with the rest of the exhibitors last summer, returning in the winter to choose a tree to hold the lace swing she created as her response to the experience.
“I enjoyed the challenge of making a piece of lace which would be outside all summer,” said Beth, of Sheringham, who began making lace 26 years ago. “I had three young boys and went with them to the library and there was a lady sitting there looking extremely peaceful and self-contained and she was making lace.” Her calmness so appealed to Beth that she learned how to make lace herself and now divides her time between making lace hangings, and researching the painting and sculpture of lace.
Her swing drifts in the breeze, among the flowers and foliage of Mannington’s roses, smaller than real life, fashioned for fairies.