Stitched Time at WOW Folkestone

Stitched Time opened in Folkestone on 2 March 2015 with a conversation hosted by Dover Arts Development (DAD) with all the Stitched Time artists taking part in the conversation along with other guests. The exhibition ran from 3 – 7 March in an empty shop at 2 Church Street, which was also the venue in which…

Shipping Forecast

Shipping Forecast

Ruth Payne and Linda Simon will be performing Shipping Forecast on Whitstable Seafront on Thursday 12 June at 9pm, wearing the punched paper cubes they made at the last Thread, Paper, Cloth workshop.

Paper Workshop

Clare and I held our second workshop ‘Paper’ yesterday in the wonderful space above Clare’s studio. There were 13 artists altogether which meant for some interesting conversations and collaborations. We were joined by Ron Wright who gave a really interesting talk about his time as a Papermaker at Dover’s Buckland Mill. This spurred us on…

Keep Going

Keep Going was organised by Dover Arts Development (DAD) and presented by Peter Sheppard Skærved – Violin & Malene Sheppard Skærved – poet in response to ‘Thread, Paper, Cloth’ an artist’s collaboration between Clare Smith and Rosie James. Peter and Malene arrived with composer Michael Alec Rose, whose compositions, Il Ritorno and Silence, inspired by walks on Dartmoor, were part of the programme, with Silence receiving its World Premiere.  Peter also gave…

Mary Stark

I met Mary Stark at a White Cube/Dark Cube, a symposium held at the Sidney Cooper Gallery yesterday. Stark is interested in “exploring the filmstrip as textile material” and sees film as thread. Her work was presented in a paper by Cathy Rogers on film outside the cinema. The symposium was really interesting and provided much…

There in spirit

Fabulous and generous mention on Ruth Geldard’s a-n blog. Clare “invited me to an experimental and collaborative workshop with other artists in a shed, with materials and thread. I looked forward to this immensely and prepared four canvases in preparation. And then fate in the shape of a large sink hole on the M2, conspired…

Mesh, threads, lines

For our first artist to artist workshop exploring line, meshwork, and threads we were joined by Gwen Hedley, Claire Manning and Bev Williams. Among other topics, we talked about objects vs. things (cf. Ingold, 2010) and whether objects were a bit like mathematical points. I was interested in the idea of creating a line through…