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40 Watson Avenue
Last updated on 13th June
I offer workshops to suit all levels of age and ability.
Creative workshops to suit your needs from childrens' parties to corporate business days.
Tuesday 5th July - 'One Day Carnival Themed Silk Painting Workshop' with primary school children in Hertfordshire
Saturday 1st October - 'One Day African Style Batik Workshop' with a textiles group in Northampton
Saturday 9th September 2023 - 'Illustrated talk and demonstration on Batik and Shibori' with The Crafty Stitchers Textiles Group in Leicester
A selection of my photographic fine art Gicleé prints, Mosaics, Batiks and other artworks can be viewed at my home by arrangement:
40 Watson Avenue
Batik Guild International Exhibition 'Thirty Five Years and Counting'
9 – 23 July 2022
The Minerva Arts Centre, Llanidloes, UK
My Easter 'break' started on the day before Good Friday with an enexpected (and very painful) fracture and dislocation of my right wrist has meant that I've not been in a position to carry out my work in schools for the last two months.
I'm glad to say that it's healing well and I am driving again and can handle a kistka and a paintbrush (though it's frowned upon to do them all at the same time).
Mosaic workshops may have to wait a little longer until the autumn term.
Many of the workshops that I had planned are in the process of re-scheduling.
Meanwhile, I'm using my time well to update this site and create new works and submitting works for open and group exhibitions. Details to follow.
I gave a talk to the 'Aspects of Stitch' group in Market Harborough in February about various textile techniques that I've used in my own work and taught in schools and colleges over a period of some thirty years.
The group were a joy as always (I've worked with them before as the MH branch of the Embroiderer's Guild)
They have an eclectic range of skills and experience among their members, and I rounded the evening off with a short demonstration and taster workshop of Indonesian Tjap printing and silk painting.
I've been very pleased to have been involved in an SEN school and museum collaboration in Amersham to create a collaborative mosaic artwork working with the children to create individual tiles celebrating plants and their special health and healing properties.
The project has also involved the community (Local Stories 2021), working towards helping isolated people in the local area, providing companionship and a positive focus at such a challenging time after lockdowns because of Covid 19. It brought together people from different generations, deepening the relationship between the school, museum and local communities and providing a means of continuing the links with older, isolated people that began through the museum's recent Reminiscence at Home and Age Friendly projects.
The workshops were designed for older people to take the stories shared by themselves and others, and encourage them to participate in a creative outcome. The stories focused specifically on a the local area and memories of being young (under the age of 30).
I developed and delivered a series of creative arts workshops, working with older people, a dedicated group of volunteers of mixed ages and a children's art club, aged between 7-11.
The works are now completed and ready to be mounted in the museums' herb garden and in the sensory garden at Stony Dean School.
The main mosaic is being mounted this month with a celebratory event planned for Wednesday 29th June.