Landscapes and Textures from France

Here is a selection of the work I produced on my painting holiday to Sutrieu in the Ain Mountains, near to the Swiss border.

You can view the results at my shows during the Bedfordshire Arts Trail and Hertfordshire Open Studios, during September.

I look forward to seeing you.



Bark Texture

Bark Texture





Visit the ANB Show at Luton Hoo Walled Garden

Here are some more of my sample pieces for the ANB September Arts Trail at Luton Hoo Walled Garden’s Heritage Weekend.

Would love to see you there on 14th and 15th September: LHWG


Gateway and Detail LHWG

Bee Homes

Bee Homes LHWG

More Luton Hoo Walled Garden Textures

Here are some more of my development pieces from Luton Hoo Walled Garden. I have so far made two completed pieces and am working on a third.

Visit the ANB Art Trail at Luton Hoo Walled Garden’s Heritage Weekend – 14-15th September to see the results: LHWG

Greenhouse Roof copyWeave

More Brick Textures for ANB Art Trail Exhibition

Brick Samples 2

Brick Samples 3

This week I will be mostly creating art inspired by my drawing and painting at Luton Hoo Walled Garden. Our exhibition will co-incide with their Heritage Weekend – 14th and 15th September.

Hope you can come along to view the results.


Harris Tweed – Weaving a Way of Life in the Outer Hebrides

Another lovely film from the Harris Tweed Authority including the very helpful and approachable Norman MacKenzie, who I met on my visit to the islands last year (and definitely does have an accent!).

Go Harris!

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Discharge Paste Experiments

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Here are my first experiments with household chemicals as a discharge paste.  On my first piece I thought it hadn’t worked, so went out and left it on the fabric – on my return it had certainly removed the colour but had also started to eat into the material!

These samples are scrunch dyed using Indigo and then printed with leaves, coated with the ‘discharge paste’.  I am very pleased with these initial results and keen to move onto to larger pieces of fabric and preloved clothing – whoo hoo!

30 Artists, 30 Days, £30K

PS Arts’, Datchworth, project to reproduce a giant sized replica of Katharina Kubrick’s Maria’s Vase is progressing well.  Throughout June 30 local artists will be completing one section of the artwork in their own style and media, £10 raffle tickets will be sold with the winner receiving the completed masterpiece.

Today Hazel and I were producing our sections (top corners) whilst the local Brownies were making and selling sunflowers and we had a steady flow of interested visitors. Suspect they were attracted by Sarah’s delicious Lemon Drizzle Cake as much as by the art.Visitors were also able to see other work by the artists involved in the project


Work in Progress


Here is my piece added to the work in progress – it is a reverse applique made from naturally dyed, layered cottons. I can’t wait to see it in pride of place in the top right corner of the finished picture – all will be revealed next Sunday.

Maria's Vase

World Yarn Bombing Day in Bedford


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Fun was had by all on Bedford’s riverside – including the children and dogs.  Not sure what the rowers taking part in the river races thought though!

Lots of interest in what we were doing, it made many people smile and everyone we talked to was very positive about the event.

So people of Bedfordshire  why not revive some neglected skills and reveal your inner creativity?Yarn Bomb1   Yarn Bomb4 Yarn bomb5 Yarn Bomb7 Yarn Bomb8

This project was organised by BedYarn

The Secret of my Parcels Revealed

Finally have had time to unwrap my dye parcels – plenty of time to ‘cook’ then – which is good.

Very few leaf prints and those that have worked are very feint so much more work to do.

But despite this some very exciting results – yey!

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