Tuesday, March 4, 2014

greens and yellows

It is cold and windy and rainy here - ugh.  BUT amidst all the grey, brown and muddy tones there is colour when you look for it. Moss is miraculous here - there is a stand of trees not far away which is almost completely covered in moss. They look as if they've been flocked! Lots of beautiful lichens too. Clean air you see.  Am making greeny, yellowy collages at the moment.

This is my latest little enterprise - please have a browse!

Thursday, February 13, 2014


I took some slides to the photo shop to have them digitized today.  A catalogue is being done for both  Colette and me for our Summer show and I suddenly remembered my big thick file of slides. Slides - remember them?  It's odd to see old work again or rather to see it clearly and bigger. The cup tapestry above was the very first piece I sold through a gallery - it was Roger Bilcliffe Fine Art in Glasgow and must have been around 1994 or 5.

Still raining... but we have had the odd sunny day recently.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


It's that time of year - clearing up, sorting out.  I know I should have done it in January but  January conspired against me one way or another so February will have to do!

It has rained and rained since Christmas so I carried out my oft repeated threat of abandoning ship in January and going to England to top up on friends. I had a great few days despite incessant rain... Well you don't go to England for the weather now do you?

In the interest of tidiness and restoring some order to my wallet after my England trip I am having one of my occasional sales. If you click on the Etsy button on the right you will find several tapestries and one felt collage (sold) for sale at 20% less than the usual price. Packaging and postage anywhere in the world is also included in the price and I'll even throw in a few cards! All this for the month of February only.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas and all the very best in 2014!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

ring the bells that still can ring...

I've just written a text for the catalogue of my show next year (nearly this year...). Now all I have to do is translate it into French!

I was planning on being an archaeologist. I even had a place at university. Then one evening I saw a television programme about  a craft school in Thomastown, Kilkenny.
The school was small - only 20 students - and housed in a converted water mill on the river Nore. The teachers were practising craftspeople who each taught two days per week. There was a potter, a silversmith, a batik artist, a silkscreen printer and a tapestry weaver. I had already had a little experience of weaving but on discovering tapestry I knew it was what I was going to do. Three years of art school in Edinbugh followed and I never took up my place at University...

Tapestry can be a seductive medium - it gets under your skin. The methodical, rhythmic nature of it. The process. The simplicity of it. The transformation of a drawing or design into something which is somehow more of an ‘object’. Something which has a depth which comes from time invested in it, from the human touch in every one of the hundreds if not thousands of rows of weaving.

It is a medium which has barely changed in thousands of years, the simplest form of weaving there is and that too appeals. I like simple. Cooking, baking, gardening, sharing
food with friends, a walk with a good dog. I love the city in short bursts, museums, galleries, people watching but soon I need to be back in my field.

I love the circle, the ring, the dot. I love the symbolism of that shape. I first started to use them not long after Max was born and my father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As Max acquired skills, my father lost them. It was a painful and joyful time, witnessing the blossoming of one person and the demise of another, both so loved.

You might call my work abstract, I have started to describe it as landscape. I use line, colour, pattern taken directly from what I  observe as I walk the  lanes around Salabert. However, it is also about being in that space, physically walking those lanes, placing my feet where generations of people before me have placed theirs. Knowing that this is my time and that it is short and my feet will be followed by others.

I repeat circles over and over, each one different, each one imperfect. Nothing is perfect nor should it be.  In the words of Leonard Cohen “Ring the bells that still can ring, forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

Saturday, December 14, 2013


My etsy shop is now open! To start with I'm selling my new tapestry cards but I will experiment with selling small original tapestries in time.

Thank you to everyone who placed orders with me directly this week.
If you haven't already,  please have a look! Click on the link on the right.


Monday, December 9, 2013

stocking fillers!

Hello all,
I've recently had printed high quality cards of five of my original tapestries. I'm in the process of opening an Etsy shop but time is marching onwards and if anyone would be interested in ordering these cards for Christmas please let me know and I'll send you an email with all the details of pricing, postage, specs.  etc. In brief, they cost €2.50 each or €10 for all five (or indeed any five) - p&p varies depending on where you are.

Also available is the Christmas card below - this one is being sold in aid of the Tower at the same price €2.50 each or 5 for €10.

Email me at meabh@cantlop.com if you're interested.