Friday, 28 October 2011

Paper cut

Applique piece inspired by a Victorian paper cut.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Surface Decoration; Autumn Texture

There are still a couple of places left on the Surface Decoration; Autumn Texture course which I will be running on the weekend of 5/6 November at The Hearth.
Taking the beautiful colours, textures and shapes of Autumn as inspiration we will explore a wide range of surface decoration techniques to create unique mixed media pieces.You will learn to paint with dyes, use collage effectively, make rubbings and use simple printmaking techniques to build up rich layers of mark making. You can even have a try at cutting lino.There will be lots of practical demonstrations and you will have plenty of time to develop individual ideas to create really interesting work.
To book and for prices you need to go via Rebecca's web site at

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Monday, 10 October 2011

The Newcastle Vintage Fashion Fair

During the last few months Jayne Turner and myself have been organising a Vintage Fashion and Textile Fair for 13th November at the Royal Station Hotel in Newcastle We are pleased to announce that we have now sold all the tables to vintage dealers from as far away as Liverpool and Perthshire who will be selling quality vintage items such as clothing, bags, jewellery, textile bits and pieces such as lace, buttons, haberdashery. Some of them have put links on our Facebook page eg. Dotty for Vintage who sell vintage clothing in sizes 14 - 26, hurray for all curvy women! It is the first big event that we have organised so please come and support us by not only coming to it but doing lots of your Christmas shopping at it, even if you are buying Christmas treats for yourself. There is a £2.50 entry charge, £2 concessions.

Friday, 7 October 2011

Autumn Textures

The leaves are starting to look really pretty. If you want to capture the glorious colours of Autumn then you could think about booking on to my surface decoration course on 5th and 6th November at Horsley Printmakers. This is a mixed media course and there are a few places left. For more details look at The courses I am running in the Spring are also advertised on the printmakers site. I am particularly excited about the 4 day intensive Easter workshop on the Oriental theme.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Time to plant tulips

Its getting to be time to plant tulips. I love looking through the Sarah Raven catalogue and ordering a few special ones each year. Just cut this off the drawing board. I did it really quickly over lunchtime during the last surface decoration course I taught. I just used up all the scraps in the style of the great Eric Carle ( he of The Very Hungry Caterpillar).

Sunday, 2 October 2011


I haven't had time to do much of my own work over the last week or two as I have been busy preparing samples for an 'Enchanted Forest" workshop I have taught today and will be repeating in Rothbury next week. So because I haven't anything to show this week I will just have to show off my daughter's work instead! Here is one of her latest designs and check out her alphabet of superstitions which she has been putting on her blog daily for the last 2 or 3 weeks