Out with the old…in with the new

This will be the last post of 2014, it has been a great year for me with lots of highlights. It is lovely to reflect on it all before moving forward to my plans for 2015. My forthcoming year has a familiar pattern to it, a creative time in my studio followed by lots of teaching, exhibition opportunities and another trip to Australia in the autumn. I will start the year with a commission, my client has waited patiently for several months. I am looking forward to working on it, always a pleasure to make an embroidery for someone. I have been approached by an Australian magazine Textile Fibre Forum, they are going to publish an article on me, featuring new embroideries inspired by my travels down under, it will be in the June issue. So I will be preparing some images and text in the next few weeks.

I have had confirmation of my main exhibiting opportunities. Starting in May, with the RHS, the first one at Wisley and later that month at the Chelsea Flower Show. So I will be planning new work with those shows in mind. I will open my studio in June for 2 weekends, I am looking forward to some warmer weather by then!

I am excited by the prospect of building a new studio here at Highfield. I have been in the attic for 14 years and have decided a larger ground floor space to work and teach in would be wonderful. I will post progress reports when the work starts.

Wishing everyone a Happy Creative New Year!

The final leg of the journey

What an amazing time this has been. I managed to see so much more of Tasmania this year. The Wall, an incredible 100 metre wood carving, Hobart and MONA. The Bass Forest and the Bay of Fires to mention a few of the highlights.

Saying goodbye until next year I moved back to Melbourne for the 7th and final course of the trip. 2 lovely days with Carly, Sue and an enthusiastic class, we learnt how to paint reflections. The results are on the students work page. I was so pleased with how well everyone did with challenging subject matter.

Then it was time for a few days break visiting friends made last year. It was great fun staying with Anna in Torquay and catching up with some of my lovely students from the Geelong Guild. Then on to Port Campbell along the Great Ocean Road. What an amazing place, one for the bucket list, as they say!

The final leg was a few days in Dubai on the way home to a very cold England and a very warm family!

Plans are already underway for my return to Australia in October 2015