When I set up a studio at Spring Farm Moorlinch in autumn 2016, I could only hope and guess at what lay ahead. What has panned out in the year and a bit since, has been very happy times of stitch creativity and friendship with the talented artists and makers at Spring Farm. I was therefore was delighted to take up an opportunity this winter to build on my experiences and relocate across the courtyard to a larger and lighter studio and this is my new view.
And so at the end of 2017, I packed away my stitch paraphernalia out came the paint brushes and all that stuff that comes with them. My new studio had been home to Somerset painter Jenny Graham for many years and had a brilliant creative feel from the off. I just needed to 'nest' and so here I am three weeks later all moved in, albeit still awaiting final fabric flourishes.
Eager to start stitching quickly, I made this creative 'copper casket' before the paint was dry! Free stitched on burnished copper shim and lined with felt, this workshop project is way easier to stitch than might be expected. Stitching on metal has lots of exciting possibilities and I will be using this interesting medium in other projects this year.
I'm particularly looking forward to running stitch workshops this year at Spring Farm and the dates are now listed on my 'Open Workshop' page. I'm also very excited about inviting other creative makers to run workshops this summer and first up is Herefordshire creative maker - Sally Boehme. I've much enjoying working alongside Sally and looking at her beautiful bead work. Sally's first workshop at Spring Farm will be Shirbori Beading on Saturday 7th July 2018, where a broach or pendant creation can be made with beautiful beads on hand dyed silk - more details on my 'Summer Workshops' page.
I am truly amazed that I'm moved into my new space at Spring Farm and up and running again so quickly. Much of this is down to lots of help and encouragement through dreary January days, which I'm extremely grateful for. I wish Jenny Graham creative and happy times in her new studio, and indeed wish this for all of us who have come to know creativity as our lifeblood.