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Sow Sew

I am part of an exhibition celebrating flax grown locally on waste ground in Manchester and turned into cloth and yarn. Myself and  some of my Textiles In Practice students have experimented with the material using print, knit stitch and weave processes. A number of other artists and makers are also involved. The exhibition is […]

Published: 3rd July 2014
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Signature Cloths Exhibition

My  exhibition at the IQSC in Lincoln, Nebraska opens in September. It showcases several of my recent collaborative signature quilts alongside a selection from the Nebraska collection.  Research stems from a fellowship at the IQSC in 2010. Investigating and documenting these early cloths will not only  inform the new collaborations but help to shed light on this […]

Published: 5th June 2014
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Please sign here

This is the latest collaborative signature project on display at Touchstones Gallery, Rochdale until March 2014.
The blog address is http://pleasesignhere.wordpress.com

Published: 9th March 2014
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Remembering Emily

This recent signature cloth marks the centenary of the death of Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby in June 1913 and pays homage to the banner on display in the Museum of London, made up of the sewn signatures of suffragettes imprisoned in Holloway in 1911. It is part of the www.100deeds.co.uk.

Published: 6th December 2013
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Emily complete

See my Remembering Emily post for background information. This cloth was part of the Wilding Festival on the 15th June at St George’s in Bloomsbury where Emily’s memorial service had been held. It was carried in the procession by her descendent and draped in the church where her coffin had stood 100 years ago. Thanks to Sarah Evans @ artwithaheart

Published: 1st December 2013
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The Heart of Hepworth

The finished work will be displayed in the cafe of Touchstones Gallery from the 15th June for 2 weeks.
Working on the Hepworth project, over the last six months, a collaboration with poet Shamshad Khan and a group of women in the Falinge area of Rochdale is so interesting. As ever the catalyst is a creative collaboration, but the outcomes in terms of discussions and sharing are so varied and wonderful. Our cloth and poems are shown in the cafe of Touchstones Gallery from 15th June.

Published: 15th June 2013
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Spring 2013

The Remembering Emily cloth petition will be displayed at the People’s History Museum on Sat 8th June as part of an event about EWD.
One of my kantha pieces has recently been acquired by the Denver Museum of Art for their new textile gallery.

Published: 9th June 2013
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Hulme Sweet Hulme

The recipient of a Public Engagement Fellowship at MMU in 2009, I devised, co-ordinated and led Hulme Sweet Hulme, a collaborative arts project working with local groups.

Published: 10th May 2013
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Respect and Protect

Respect and Protect the World Aids Day Quilt is a handmade collaborative quilt made up of hundreds of red ribbons and cross stitches. It is now on permanent display at the Terrence Higgins Trust HQ in Grays Inn Rd in London.

Published: 8th May 2013
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Blackpool

A collaborative project with groups in Blackpool, made as a wedding gift for Prince William and Kate Middleton in 2011. As much as celebration of Blackpool and its people as the royal event, the quilt brought many disparate people together in the making

Published: 30th April 2013
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