It sure is grand…

Caroline, Barry Flanagan hare and me...Dublin
Caroline, Barry Flanagan hare and me…Dublin

Having an amazing time at the RDS in Dublin. Caroline has picked a great hotel in Sandymount. Went to the National Gallery, after set up,to soak up some art and get inspired.

The little green fields Gerard Dillon
The little green fields Gerard Dillon


Peasant wedding Pieter Brueghel the younger
Peasant wedding Pieter Brueghel the younger
nano's dream Gerard Dillon
nano’s dream Gerard Dillon







Liked this exhibition, lots to see. Having a good think about I might use this work to inspire my work. Liked the Yeats…now why didn’t I buy a post card of his work?)



Meanwhile my son has been exhibiting at the Tate in London…

Live at the Tate modern Nathan Dowdeswell
Live at the Tate modern Nathan Dowdeswell







Also really liking that you can buy a sarnie and a cake at the spar and then sit outside said shop in a rather nice seating area and really have your cake and eat it so to speak…no extra charge! Much better than the pot noodles I was expecting.

Lovely speaking  to lots of people and seeing all the other graduates work. If you go to the knitting and stitching show gallery my work is on the website! Fantastic! Fame at last!

Georgina is trying to persuade us to take in some drum and bass tomorrow. If it starts at 6pm and I can be tucked up in bed by 8pm I’m in!

Nearly sold a book! X

N.B to Gary (or as Margo Ledbetter would have said nota bene) yes I do actually know what drum and bass is and when I u-tubed the band it sounded a bit more like jazz reminiscent of Camberwell Jazz club circa 1990’s rather than Pendulum.)


The future is bright the future is textile art

I cannot believe I only have 12 hours left of the magic that is the knitting and stitching show.  If you see one thing you must see Renate Keeping ‘s work. I have never been so moved by a piece a of work, it is totally unbelievably beautiful, touching and moving.  Why had I never heard of this wonderful lady and her husband, Charles , although I know his illustrations from childhood.  My ignorance embarrasses me.  Something is wrong somewhere in the world when more people don’t get the opportunity to experience this wonderful art work. In fact textile art needs to be out there so much more.

Je t’aime  Anthea Godfrey,  Diane Bates,  Diana Springall.

Gorgeous gold work...Godfrey is god!
Gorgeous gold work…Godfrey is god!
Me t'adore Diane, AKA the Mistress of Stitch
Je t’adore Diane, AKA the Mistress of Stitch


Dig Diana
Dig Diana

You are missing out if you don’t know about these incredible women. There are a whole lot more.


Goodness this is tiring but all rather lovely!
Goodness this is tiring but all rather lovely!

My mission, which I have chosen to accept is to raise the profile of textile art…two years oops  sorry I mean  13 years left to win the Turner Prize! X

ps this should have been posted this morning but being rather technically challenged I didn’t do it! So it’s now. Later…Sarah x


The artist formerly known as Dowdeswell…

Just make things clear to my many, many followers out there I have two names.  I have the one that I was born with Helen Amanda Sill, and boy did I hate that when I was little, evidently everyone is the hospital  ward was Helen Louise …shall we do a straw poll of all those 37 year old Helens out there…are you all called Louise or what?

Anyway I digress,  and the one I signed up to accidentally by ticking the wrong box on my marriage certificate, which incidentally I am very happy with but you know, I didn’t really think about it  and was suffering from baby brain at the time.  So I use the Sill one when exhibiting  cos that’s me and I am my art and the Dowdeswell one is  for everything else.  I bet Grayson doesn’t have these problems when he turns up as Clare.  Anyway I’m sure you are all, the many,many of you,  absolutely so pleased that I shared, and I’m off , here’s some more nice pictures to look at…… Knit  & Stitch here I come ready or not….been creating and drawing in an attempt to have a few things to sell try to help fund my trips around the country and overseas….

imageimage I give up! Still can’t download any new pictures! Total pain! You’ll just have to come to my show to see everything I have been doing! Aargh technology! Give me a sewing machine any day!  Here’s some old pictures to keep you happy!

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My mate Abi

Having total crisis of confidence.  Got all my boxes out on shelves and plinths in my gallery space/ studio aka the kitchen, just watched the summer show for the RA on catch up so feeling pretty inadequate as an artist anyway.  Abi turns up.  Everything makes sense!  She lets me babble on about what I am trying to say with my work and how I want people see it.  Start to move boxes around and it finally really starts to come together.  I think I need a chair though too.  Sorry Sue!imageimageimage