Just a quick update, showing you some of the lovely new peace squares we’ve received over the last couple of weeks for the Peace Blanket which will be part of the ‘All We Are Saying’ exhibition at the Holy Biscuit, in Newcastle upon Tyne in September.
To date, we have over 40 squares (many I still haven’t shown you yet!) that have arrived to us from around the World, to be sewn into the blanket but I also know there are many more making their way to us.
There is still time, if you would like to be involved, check out the details at the below all these beautiful Peace Squares.
Call out for squares:
We would love people to submit squares to be stitched into our blanket. These can be made in any textile media, including crocheted, knitted, embroidery, beaded, fabric painted, patchwork and quilting. They can be as detailed as you have time for and we are very happy to encourage as many young people and children to be involved in this, too. When designing your piece, please remember that this is an optimistic and positive project and we do not wish to offend anyone with the wording or imagery. The squares should be 20 x 20 cm, with an extra 1cm for seam allowance.
These squares can either be made in the gallery during the exhibition in September or can be posted to:
Blanket for Peace,
The Holy Biscuit,
1 Clarence St,
Newcastle upon Tyne.
Please send your squares before the end of September to ensure their inclusion in the ‘Blanket for Peace’.
It was great today to finally get both my portraits of Rupert Brooke and Wilfred Owen, both poets who died during World War One, up on the outside wall of my studio, number 11 at the Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne. It’s been a busy couple of weeks tidying, cleaning my space as well as getting everything finished off.
Opposite my studio, there also a number of rather fabulous jewellery makers whose studios I enjoy popping into when I get a chance. inthesilverroom is contemporary silver jewellery by Michelle – check out her fabulous website for distinctive designs.
Both of the pictures above have been made using ‘hooky’ mat technique. I finally framed up the ‘Matriarchal Trefoil’ yesterday, as it had been tricky to source someone to cut me an oval board to mount the heavy picture on. You can see a link to the stages of this picture here.
Really pleased with these two little fellows! So cute! I do enjoy embroidering, very relaxing and again, another job finished. A deadline is always good to have and the Ouseburn Open Studios, is a great one!! I am so looking forward to getting down there now as it’s a great opportunity to meet people, show what you’ve been working on, get feedback and maybe even sell some things!!
And just a reminder for anyone in the area: it’s on this Saturday and Sunday 10-5pm.
This week I have been working on two more ‘burial cist’ plans for the Discovery Museum in Newcastle, finely fabric painting onto heavy cotton. The burial plans are taken from a sketch made by an archaeologist at a burial site, which I have then made ‘life size’, onto fabric so that children can re-enact how people would have buried members of their group 4500 years ago, placing beakers and other objects in the burial site. The Boxes of Delight are loan boxes for schools to borrow from the Discovery Museum when studying pre history and many other topics in the National Curriculum.
Over four years I worked with Ravenswood Primary School, creating a series of banners with the children of Year 1 and 5. The banners were funded by the schools active and very supportive PTA. The banners were made to reflect the heritage of the area the children lived in and to link it to their current topic. In many of the year groups almost 90 children worked on these banners creating the initial design idea, choosing the traditional textile techniques they felt would work well on the banners and of course, making the banner.
Over the six weeks, the children would learn how to use traditional techniques such as hooky and proggy matting, batik, embroidery, applique, fabric painting, weaving and knitting. These skills would then be used on their banner. It was great fun and the children were supported by their teachers, teaching assistants and parents.
Year 5 The Victorian Quayside 2010 Year 1 Playing (levers and pullies) 2010
Year 5 Our Coastal Waters 2011 Year 1 The Victorian Seaside 2011
Year 5 The Shipyards 2012 Year 5 Mining Banner 2013
The Three Sisters are machine stitched, textile portraits of my daughters. Here, they are seen at an exhibition at The Holy Biscuit, Newcastle upon Tyne. They are made using the free-hand stitch on my sewing machine, painted with acrylic then decorated using pieces of the girls old clothes, beads, pages from favourite books and music.
In each portrait, I have tried to portray aspects of the girls individual personalities.