Monday, 14 August 2017


The lovely Mr Brown and I decided to have a Saturday visit to the great metropolis. We are lucky to have Holly living in Forest Hill, walking distance to the Horniman Museum.
Off we trotted via Havelock Walk, an 
extraordinary mews area,  
full of artistic
I have already penciled in the end of May next year when they have an open studio event.
A few minutes walk away and we were at the imposing  Horniman Museum and Gardens.
What a gorgeous place,
with an amazing view of the City from the gardens.
Flowers and squash everywhere, it 
was hard to believe that we were in London.
Inside the Museum itself is the most comprehensive collection 
of natural history exhibits I have seen
since the Oxford Natural History Museum.
Case after case of taxidermy exhibits including the famous, over stuffed walrus. All just a prelude to what is underneath the building.
An aquarium full of watery jewels, jelly fish,
tropical fish,
corals and 
tank after tank of exotica.
Blissfully relaxing.
We ended an excellent day at a local hostelry before heading back to Cheltenham.
Thank you Holly for showing us around! 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Term at the yard:ARTspace has finished for the summer, now I have a little bit of time to experiment and make new work.
I have been having fun with fabric using the steel shapes from my enamelled pieces to pop rust patterns into fabric.
Gum arabic transfer images into the cynotypes I made with Lesley and
make a few more, experimenting with chemicals in 
the shed while the sun is out.
I have got time to finish off a couple of
fabric collages.
making them into cushions.

Rusted fabric, free machine embroidery, gum arabic transfer and hand embellished making them functional art, not just cushions.
I also have time to develop some drawings in several sketchbooks.
Shutting myself away with radio 4
experimenting with paint,
ink and bleach, trying hard to put into practice everything I preach.
Looking forward to next week to see what work develops from all this preparation.

Monday, 24 July 2017


The last event of the academic year at the yard:ARTspace was the Summer Exhibition.
A chance to celebrate the printmaking of the Solo Groups that work at the yard on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon
The yard is spruced up and becomes a gallery setting for 3 days. 
An opportunity for people to see the yard and find out what we do here. 
Also for friends and 
family to celebrate the creativity of their nearest and dearest.
 With 8 artists showing it was collagraph in all its varied plate making forms 
and inking techniques
Thank you to everyone who came, commented and bought. 
It was a lively end to a busy year at the yard:ARTspace.
Now I am off to enjoy some of my own creativity and have a summer break. But do look at the yard:ARTspace website for the courses and workshops on offer in the Autumn and 2018 terms.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017


Chemistry met art at the yard:ARTspace this weekend.
Claire Cawte, textile artist, ran an eco print and dying workshop and it was fascinating.
Bags and bundles of vegetation were hauled into the studio,
the colours were marvellous.
Sorting and 
placing was then done. When everything was tied into a tight roll,
it was all popped into the cauldrons to boil away and do it's magical stuff.
Looking a bit like something out of Doctor Who here.
Once out and cool
there is all the anticipation of 
what may have happened within the package.
And wow, the colours and
patterns were spectacular.
Everyone went away with lots of knowledge,
interesting results and
superb scarves. Of course there was a great deal more to it than that...I believe the word mordant was used many times. Thanks to Claire for her generous teaching.

This is the last workshop of the term at the yard:ARTspace, but you can pop in and see the yard, Upper Bath St. Cheltenham, GL50 2BA and see how we can develop your creativity with a workshop or course. 21-23 July is the Summer Exhibition and the yard:ARTspace will be open from 11am to 4pm. Or head over to for all workshop details, but book early to avoid disappointment.