T.S.G: Making 50

The Textile Study Group, formerly The Practical Studies Group, celebrated their fiftieth anniversary with an exhibition, initially in Peebles and more recently at The Ropewalk Gallery, Barton upon Humber, Lincolnshire, which I visited just over a week ago. The group was established in 1973 by Constance Howard to support embroidery tutors. At the gallery the […]

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The Needle and the Pen

This is the title of my work for the Bridging the Gap exhibition taken from a quote by Matthew Gregory Lewis (1775-1818) referred to as “Monk” Lewis because of the success of his 1796 Gothic Novel The Monk. You could say he was not a fan of female writers, opining that the needle not the […]

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Cover to Cover – ‘A Modern Way to Live’

This story begins with a dining set. Combining two households is never easy and making choices about which possessions can be ‘let go’ and those that will be in the next new home is challenging. There were some things that I knew were going to be non-negotiable and the largest of these was a Alvar […]

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‘Arachnes Metaphor’ by Vinny Stapley

“Quecha the word for “language” is “thread” and “embroidering” – used to describe complex Conversation.” Psychas As part of my research for the Bridging the Gap project, I discovered a very interesting essay:  ‘Women Weaving the World: Text and Textile in the Kalevala and Beyond’ by Hanna Eilittä Psychas  published by Harvard in 2018. The essay explores the age-old […]

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Cover to Cover: Brigid, Oaks, Hollies and a Blackbird

In my research for Bridging the Gap, I’ve used various sources such as an academic website on the origins of the Celtic goddess Brigid with an emphasis on symbols and mythology, a Druidry website and various others, many of which make the link between Brigid the pagan deity and the Christian St Brigid.  I’ve also […]

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