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September update

It’s that familiar back to school feeling this week, with part of my household actually doing just that. So I thought I’d round up what’s been happening in the past few months and what I have planned so far for the rest of the year.


The Threads Project was enormously successful, with an extended exhibition at Colours May Vary during June and July. This was a major collaborative project, funded by Leeds Inspired, which I started last September with curve stitch workshops around Leeds. Having taught over 80 people the technique I then worked with a smaller group on an exhibition, we also recorded our conversations while we worked and extracts of these become an integral part of the exhibition.

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The Art Doctors (me and Liz Stirling) travelled to Norwich to continue prescribing the British Art Show 8 to visitors. It is quite unusual for adults to be asked to engage in modern art in this tongue in cheek way but it is a lot of fun and they really enjoy and value the experience. We wrote a article about Norwich for the BAS8 website so you can read more about what we got up to there.

Coming up over the next few months:

I’m co-curating an exhibition with Lorna Johnstone called This Is Me. It’s all about identity and is part of the annual Arts and Minds, Love Arts Festival. Arts and Minds are collecting A5 postcards to be displayed as part of the exhibition and anyone can contribute; the deadline is Wednesday 14th September.

I’m also making a wild meadow inspired mural with the volunteers at Skelton Grange Environment Centre at the end of September. I’m hoping that will make it feel like summer for a little bit longer.

Finally, I’m inevitably having to think about Christmas in September, which pains me every year. I’ll have an updated catalogue out by the end of September, which will include a new diy curve stitch card kit, and will send news about the fairs I’ll be at in my newsletter.

That’s about it for now. Happy autumn everyone.

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