Brexit the reason for my exit….


Oh my oh my  this has got nothing to do with Brexit..and,  I haven’t been so caught up in Brexit  that I haven’t been able to blog. No dear reader I’m just a bit rubbish at social media.  So what have I been up to since December – well here’s an over view…

Art Conference

January: spent  trying to keep my instagram up to date!  Still digesting all the lovely things from my travels in Gujarat taking me quite a time and I was also busy with deadlines for University.  I arranged and ran a lovely arts day called Gujarat Journey at a local school last month and also talked about my work at a teacher’s Art Conference at Southampton Art Gallery.

Rajasthan here I come!!

Can’t wait ( but I have to) for my next trip to India this time I am going to Rajasthan in October 2020 and will be hosting a trip with the wonderful Colourlicious. …do come with me if you can I know it’s going to be fantastic! I know it’s along ways off but places do book up fast so have a look now!

January:   off to Newcastle and a whistle tour of all the Baltic had to offer. Sadly not too much appealed to me which is such a shame as it’s a great gallery space… it all seemed a bit dated.  Ended up explaining what a rave was and clubbing to the teenager.  There’s some great stuff on a the mo tho.  On the plus side I did replace my angel of the north key ring which was looking decidedly tatty …….well there wasn’t much of it left actually….

Can you tell why I like this?


Lovely Kantha from the ladies at Liss in Stitches

February /March:  Ran a kantha evening at Liss in Stiches and talked about what I had learned on my travels and the history of kantha quilting. I am indebted to Dorothy Tucker for letting me know about this amazing book. Kantha Recycled and Embroidered Textiles of Bengal

Its fab..get it before it goes from  being expensive to extremely expensive!  Mainly images and it is really beautiful.

I am continuing to research for my master’s paper and trying to decide what to hone my research on..I really want it to provide a firm basis for my PhD..,.ever onward… have to aim high…and I just love being a student.

March: A trip up to see the Embroiders Guild at the NEC Fashion and Embroidery Show where I got to see my heart and medal for 100 Hearts with lots of other lovely work.  It was good to see some of the graduate show case too as I was in India for the Knit and Stitch last Year…..and of course look at all the other lovely things on offer..I needle felted a bee and leant about traditional scandi stitching on linen.. hard!!!! No backing calico!!!  And linen thread…what’s all that about!!!!  Hard! Hard! Hard!!!! Their designs are so beautiful tho.  My friend bought a fluff remover……the less said about that the better…..mentioning no names ..Helena!!!!…and she drank Guinness….

100 Hearts in Memory of George Patrick Martin…middle – yellow and blue with pompoms.

Next it was time to take my turn stewarding at Ramster Hall where I was very pleased to be exhibiting for the first time. 

The grounds and the tea room are excellent too…-  loved being a part of it.

April: Last month I decided to take the wayward teenager to Egypt..sorry Megs!! We had the most amazing journey.  I cant begin to tell you about how fantastic and incredble  all the amazing art we saw was.  We travlled from Cairo to Abu Simbel just North of the Sudanese border.  I came across these guys and the ancient art of  Khayamiya………..check it out ..fascinating or what???/!!!!

I had a lovely chat with one of the stall holders in Luxor who made pieces for the Coptic Christian church there.  I bought one teeny piece…..although I would have loved some of the larger pieces – they are truly magnificent.  The video of how they make them is intriguing!!

Also bought some ‘secrets of the desert’ essential oil…supposed to drive men wild.  I’ll let you know!!!

I drew a lot – not as much as I would have liked -but the most interesting thing I did was when I spent a day on a felucca…won’t talk about the night on the felucca  and it was nothing to do with ‘secrets of the desert’or maybe it was? Lets just say Helen nul points   mosquitoes 1099’……ok back to drawing… we were sedentary while the boat moved I drew lots of people and used my camera to fill in the details of the poses….a really interesting exercise!!!

Here are some of my images…..

I am now stitching them.  Currently working on a piece about community and using examples from my draw every day book…….. which is still going strong… very proud of that Sarah H thank you!!

Gearing up for a workshop on boxes with the Phoenix Juniors Stitch group and the Beltaine festival at the weekend…….more drawing……. before heading off to Paris next month to look at some art with my teenager…….oh and probably sample a few macaroons and a croissant or two.  .  Also, due to an arts council commission ………which I sadly didn’t get… are you supposed to share your failures.. well I do ’cos I think you learn from them… told you I am  no good at the social media game…….….I am revisiting old work.  Phew that’s it!!! Up to date!!  Just got to load it all now.  Fingers crossed!!!!

Ps Great talk at uni by the Caravan Gallery check them out they have work at Mottisfont…and managed to catch Pete Codling a t Portsmouth Cathedral…….beautiful huge drawings….there until June

PPs looking forward to visiting the Emsworth and Chichester Art Trial later this month…….Pat are you ready????

PPPS Doing some work on a community art project at a hospital……..

BYEEEEE!!!!! Off to stitch!!!!  I’ve realised why I don’t blog…no time!!!!!!!

PPPPS Sarah can I still come and see you……I’m sorry that you cancelled your computer lesson…my bad…totes x


Panic* on the streets of Petersfield or thank goodness for Frida*

No blog for a bit as have been panicking! *The reason for the panic was all the stuff I needed to get ready for open studios, Petersfield Arts and Crafts and People of the Heath Exhibition. (Also been trying to negotiate a way back to uni and fit in visit to the Embroiderers’  Guild in my role as Education Scholar to discuss plans for  getting more stitch in to schools..all looking very exciting!!  More info in next blog! ** Frida (as in Khalo) is my sat nav who gets me from A to B….. I am now a sat nav believer…I used to be very sceptical but am now a convert!!! (With a little bit of help from Ken)

 Frida managed to negotiate my drops offs for Open Studios at Romsey and Owselbury smoothly and avoid the crush for Boomtown. Anyway two weeks ago I was in a bit of a tiz about everything so I did the only reasonable thing and  left home….went  to Gateshead for a bit..fab trip to the Baltic which had some great art on show .

Ida Ekblad – junk but presented interesting way

Tony Swain- great paintings and collage on newspaper

Fiona Tan – huge truck and great film set to sound of narration from Marco Polo travel will follow just losing will to live with downloading next time ay!

Pink Ladies
Pink Ladies

So panic over I have delivered to open studios…Christine Watkins..who will again have great eclectic mix of stuff on show this year including yours truly… I was so pleased to be invited to show there. Had a great chat with Christine who is really lovely…if you are  around Romsey please go and see her at  her house..drop in for cake and a cuppa you won’t be disappointed!!  (Christine and John Slade – the sculptor who works next door will even provide  a map to help you negotiate all open studios around Romsey.)

Each cell has a specific meaning
Cell Works

Then I whizzed over to Owselbury  to drop more stuff –at the Granary Studios..where I am showing with ‘Room 6’.  Another  great mix of stuff, tea, cake and demos.  ( Hoping to make it to the New Forest to see you too Sarah.)

As well l as being at Open Studios over the next couple of weeks  I am helping Lyndsay Taylor at her workshop for Liss in Stitches..where I will be her slave for the day.  I am also trying to pull together a children’s  entry for the Steep Flower Show…got all the bits just need to put them together now…oh dear!! As well as looking after the kids I think I may have bitten off a bit more than I should have but what the hey…..nearly finished my pieces for the Flora Twort and had a great few enlightening hours at Fishbourne Palace learning about the’ Ashling Hoard’ from Professor Stuart Needham..loving jewelry they recovered..they liked making necklaces, big rings and huge bangles…wonder why it interests me so much? HMMM? More fodder for my exhibits!

Sussex Loop, Bronze Age | The Sussex Archaeological Society

Prehistory collection Sussex Loops

Also managed to cram in a bit of camping  WITH POSH CRISPS….though rain hampered our efforts somewhat so we packed up early and came home.

Anyway I have definitive list now that I appear to be on top next???? Bring it on.

PS hope Cornwall was good Sarah and inspirational.  Really miss not going there this year x

PPS  Christine Watkins 2 Albany Road SO51 8EE

22 August -31 August  10.30 til 6pm

‘Room6’ the Granary Studios Owselbury SO21 1LU 22-24 August  and 27th -31 August

10am  til 5pm

Or visit Hampshire Open Studios at for more info  on all the great places you can visit between  Saturday 22nd August and 31st August 2015

Petersfield Arts and Crafts Exhibition  open on 27th August thru til  1st September 2015

People of the Heath Exhibition Flora Twort Gallery , Petersfield –opens  8 September til ?!