more clay stumpwork

Here’s a development of an earlier idea – stumpwork figures applied to a clay background


This time I used coloured slip to create a darker background to contrast with the paler fabric. The figures have a left leaning slant, which was unintentional, but I quite like it that way.


in the undergrowth

I combined ceramic and willow in this piece, that emerges from the woodland floor.


The ceramic forms a frill around the mouth of the flower-like growth, whilst brown willow (willow with its bark still intact) weaves around and around to form an open-work throat, rising up from the ground.

mixed media hedgerow

I’ve used ceramic and textile to create a version of a hedge that runs along a field close to my house. The central element is a ceramic slab upon which I created leaf shapes using hedgerow leaves and coloured slips.


I wanted to depict the chain-link fence that is also in the hedgerow line, so I photographed the fence and transferred it onto fabric using acrylic paint.

I’m very pleased with the way this worked!

Cas Holmes workshop

I’m just back from 3 days of workshops led by the remarkably talented textile artist Cas Holmes.

Cas taught us new ways to work with old materials, to create surfaces with multiple layers of interest and work within the principles of sustainability. I created two folded books, the first inspired by the broadland landscape:


and the second using vintage family embroidery and other family textiles, and some old crochet and embroidery instructions:



honesty collage experiments

here is a series of textile experiments where I have been stitching dried honesty seed heads to cotton satin fabric


I used just 2 colours initially, adding a backstitched seed head outline


in the final piece I changed the seed head to a more muted tone


what I liked about these pieces was that the shape of the honesty sprig I used was different each time, so the design is always in response to the natural form.