Well its been a long time since I wrote anything on here. However I feel it will be a seasonal thing. October through to December was a busy period for me. The Sewing Circle Rethread 2017 at The St Pancras Gallery in the hospital, was a major event with some truly brilliant artists. This was a Stitch focussed exhibition with everything from textile art, to fashion pieces and costume jewellery. It was a glorious mass of colour and flowers and eyes and toys and fur and crazy carpets, souls and expression, spread all over the place. The opening night was a big success and feedback from all that came to visit over the three months was extremely positive.
Peter Herbert and Elaine Harper manage The Arts Project and put on the event, Sue Kreitzman curated alongside them. Big thanks to them all and the volunteers. I would also like to thank all the artists that I met. I have not been introduced to a more welcoming group in a long time. Your work is truly inspiring. Check out Anna Bowman's awesome film, which is all about the artists and sewing and stitch- a powerful healer and a wonderful medium to work in.
JANUARY 2018: INSPIRING TALKS BRIGHTON- MY SEWING STORY- HOW ART HELPS TO HEAL MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.
January 2018 I told my sewing story at the Inspiring Talks Brighton. This event is hosted by Sally Garozzo at the Grand Central in the Nightingale Room. I spoke out about the healing power of art and how it has helped me to overcome my mental health issues. I met some other brave articulate people there- Nige Atkinson spoke about breaking the vow of silence for men , Kirsty Norton the power of the breath, Helen Thatcher about hugging and how it makes you feel good, Georgina Tasker- Simm getting in touch with the inner child. Russ Callaghan- Grooms, music and dementia and Ann O'Keife about the joy of laughter and laughter yoga, who were the risky biscuits. It was a heart opening event, with all that spoke about their truth and place in the world. The evening was filmed and my talk is below for you to see.
DECEMBER 2017 BRIGHTON ARTISTS OPEN HOUSE:
December was full of the Brighton Artist Open House for Christmas. I showed my stitched fairy dolls for the first time and launched my range of sustainable and ethically sourced gloves and hand warmers.