Sunday, 14 October 2018

White Poppies for a Peaceful Future

White Poppies at the Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York

You may remember back in 2015, as part of the events to commemorate the First World War 100 years on, the local community, Deborah New, & I put up an installation in Rowntree Park to encourage both thoughts of remembrance (red poppies) and peace (white poppies) as remembering those who died or suffered through war whilst hoping for peace is an intrinsic part of Rowntree Park’s existence. More about that project here.

Rowntree Park Yarnstorm Installation

After the event the white poppies were given to the Friargate Quaker Meeting and the red poppies to the York Branch of the British Legion to use in ways they considered appropriate.  So, it was great to hear from the Friargate Meeting that those white poppies were on display promoting their events as part of the "York Remembers" season marking the centenary of the end of WW1 in 1918.  These events look beyond the history and consider a more peaceful future for the world...

Conference & Workshops to Consider a More Peaceful Future

A White Poppy for Peace Made of Many Poppies

Looking for alternative ways to resolve conflict

Big White Poppy

The first event has already taken place but the second event is on Saturday 17 November 2018 and is a day of workshops to introduce skills for practical peace making, conflict resolution and non-violent communication.  If you'd like to get involved, details are given below...

Programme for the Friargate Meeting House Events

I think we'd all appreciate a more peaceful world.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

Faux Applique with Joanna O'Neill

Joanna O'Neill - Willow & Rowan

Joanna O'Neill recently held a workshop for the City of York Embroiderers' Guild on Faux Applique.  She brought lots of her beautiful work to inspire us...

Joanna O'Neill - Protection, Healing & Strength

Joanna O'Neill - Dragon Tree (part), Leaves & Lost in a Quilter's Garden

Then, equipped with Markal Paintstiks, toothbrushes and stencils created out of freezer paper (made either from Joanna's designs or our own), we experimented with light and dark fabrics to produce our faux applique designs...

Markal Paintstiks
My faux applique designs

We put these to one side to thoroughly dry as this would take a few days.  Next, Joanna showed us her samples that had been hand or machine stitched in various ways to complete the faux applique effect.  Then, working on some samples that Joanna had previously prepared for us we stitched to create our own samples.

Joanna O'Neill - Faux Applique Samples

My stitched sample...

It was a very effective technique...

Other people's samples

Thank you, Joanna.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Chiharu Shiota at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Chiharu Shiota at YSP

Installed in St Bartholomew's Chapel at YSP, Japenese artist Chiharu Shiota's Beyond Time installation uses a web of white wool to entwine a metal piano, reminding us of the organ that used to be in the Chapel, and to trap copies of memorial service papers and bell ringing scores also from the Chapel.  The work invokes a sense of memory and place, of what went on and what was experienced there since it was built in 1744.

Chiharu Shiota at YSP

Chiharu Shiota at YSP

The exhibit involved the installation of metal rods across the ceiling and false walls to which the thread (2000 balls of woollen yarn) was attached - look out for the staples.  It took ten people, ten days to install.

Chiharu Shiota at YSP

Chiharu Shiota at YSP

Exuding an amazing sense of beauty and calm, this is definitely a "must see" installation - on at YSP until the 4 November 2018. Go see!

Monday, 24 September 2018

Mister Finch - The Wish Post at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park

In case you missed the recent Mister Finch exhibiton - The Wish Post - at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park here's a taster...

Mister Finch - Dashery Bunny
Mister Finch - Toadstools

Mister Finch - Hedgehogs

Mister Finch - Bundle Hedgehog
Mister Finch - Whistle Swan

Mister Finch - Squirrels
Mister Finch - Badgers
Mister Finch - Hobnail Badger

Mister Finch - Pitch Mole
Mister Finch - Rats
Mister Finch - Moss Rat
Mister Finch - Fernsby Fox

Mister Finch - Birdle Toadstool Hare

Mister Finch - Moth

Mister Finch, a Leeds based textile artist, has constructed this hand sewn menagerie inspired by British folklore, the Bretton Estate and Yorkshire wildlife.  Made from vintage tapesteries, antique silverware, discarded wire and more, Finch's gothic kingdom of woodland creatures collect other animals wishes which are breathed into envelopes and posted into toadstool postboxes.  In true fairytale fashion, one night each year their wishes are carried away on the wind and come true in the Wish Post festival.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

A Day with Jane Bevan at Hope & Elvis

My assemblages

I have recently spent a fantastic day at Hope & Elvis on a workshop with Jane Bevan.  Jane is an artist who uses natural and found materials such as thorns, twigs and bark. Employing the techniques of tying, stitching, twining, coiling and binding to her materials, Jane makes small sculptures and vessels.

Work by Jane Bevan

We started the day looking at Jane's work for inspiration...

Work by Jane Bevan

We then went for a walk and collected some materials to use.  These are some of mine...

There were all sorts of fab natural materials provided for us to use too...

And a great selection of threads...

And then we set to work.  Here are some pics of work made by other workshop participants...

And you can see what I made at the start of this blogpost. And this too...

It was a lovely day.  Thanks Jane!  

Hope & Elvis is a great place to go for a workshop.  There are great tutors, loads of materials to use, a friendly atmosphere (thanks to Louise Asher, who owns Hope & Elvis) and fabulous lunches provided by Magie Hollingworth (which are a highlight in themselves!) Check them out!

Friday, 14 September 2018

Lancashire Open Exhibition 2018

Huddled on the Beach - digital print, stitch & poetry - Sally Stone
There's still time to visit the Lancashire Open Exhibition 2018.  It is showing at Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk until 19 September 2018.  My piece "Huddled on the Beach" is part of the exhibition.  Using mixed media incorporating digital printing, hand stitching and one of my poems, it forms the start of a new body of work.  The exhibition has taken over lots of different spaces in the gallery so make sure you take them all in.   

Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk

Here is a taster of other artists exhibiting their work...
Carole Dawber - Mere Sands Wood

Jane Fairhurst - Fetishes for Uncertain Times
David Stanley - Red Marsh
Dawn Summerlin - Perceptive Fragility - Female
Deborah Butler - Coastal Path

Janice Tasker - In the Garden

Lucy Wray - Boxing Hares (detail)
Steve Talbot - Standard Willow
Sue Bradbury - Pink Flamingos (detail)
Elaine Fox - Making Space
Alan Edwards - Is it safe?

And lots more.  

Su Blackwell - The Clock Tower (Ormskirk Clockmakers & Watchmakers)

Also, don't forget to take a look at Su Blackwell's work.  Su, an artist who works predominantly in the realm of paper, was commissioned in 2017, as part of A Festival of Tales, to produce a piece inspired by Ormskirk & its history.  Once you've seen her paper clock tower, you can pop round the corner and take a look at the real thing!