Monday, November 9, 2015

spring clean

I had an unseasonal Spring clean of my studio last week - much was chucked, taken to the charity shop, burnt. I'm left with a much cleaner, emptier space which feels good.

My lovely hand stitched pin cushion above is from a fellow Etsy seller. You'll find her shop Le Samovar here.

Monday, June 29, 2015

galerie l'horlogerie à Limogne

I have some work at l'Horlogerie until the end of July. It's a lovely space run by our friend Marie who used to work with us at the Tower. You'll find work by Patrick Laroche and Guy Magosse as well as beautiful ceramics and, unusually for French galleries you can have a cup of coffee while you look!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

king's mill hopsital

Just been listening to Ptolemy Mann on Woman's Hour talking about, amongst other things, her commission for the facade of King's Mill Hospital in Nottingham.

You can see more images here - it looks absolutely stunning. The brief was to reduce 'threshold anxiety' for people coming to the hospital and I would imagine it goes some way towards achieving that. It was done about 10 years ago and it would be interesting to see how it is weathering.

Monday, July 28, 2014

best laid plans..

My show with Colette Bessac-Lefranc opened at the tower on Saturday night. I however had absolutely nothing to do with it! Last Saturday great pain propelled me to hospital and a day later I had an op. to remove a kidney stone. Definitely better out than in! So - all last week Warb and John and Monsalèsien friends did all the exhibition preparing, framing, pricing, typing lists, running around, hanging the show and making a million canapés.

I slept and read and listened to a lot of Radio 4. Am still doing much the same but hope to see our show this week!

Thursday, June 19, 2014


The relationship isn't intentional! 

 My show with Colette Bessac-Lefranc is at the end of July - not much time left... 

I'm also teaching a two day tapestry workshop on the 9th and 10 of July if anyone (or anyone you know) is interested. The fee is €200 to include all materials and all the money goes to the tower.
Details of this and all the other workshops being offered this summer are on the tower website on the 'stages' page.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

lauragh valley handcrafts

My brother John and his wife Siobhán have a new website - please take a look!
If you're planning a trip to Ireland you could do no better than to stay in their bothy.
A cosy little house on their farm with no internet access, good books, cds and board games on the shelves, my tapestries on the walls, a woodburning stove, homemade bread, scones and  jam, eggs from the hens in the picture (!) and vegetables from their organic garden.  Scroll down the page to see some of the reviews - they are without exception rapturous!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

a brown paper parcel

My new blog - please take a look!