What is innovative art?

The entry form for the European Quilt Triennial requires ‘innovative’ art. Which sent me into a bit of a tizz. What does …

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New blog and new asemic text fabric

My attention has been diverted from this blog for a few days due to the arrival of my new compact system ( …

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The Mowgli Principle: 5 ways to nurture your inner monkey

Monkeys have had a bad metaphorical rap for too long. Whether we have monkey-mind, a monkey sitting on our shoulder or one …

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The spookiness of boot prints

Last week in the studio I focused on the Monte Camino series, making fabric and adding boot prints to represent my Grandfather's …

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Starting a New series – Monte Camino quilts

Last month I took a pilgrimage of sorts to Monte Camino in Italy, just a little south of the more famous Monte …

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My art journal and pen

Six reasons why my journal is my best art tool

If I were stranded on a desert island, these are the luxury quilting tools I would take with me. Pen and Journal. …

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Side canal, Venice

On being a back alley kind of girl

OK, first, put that image right out of your mind. That’s NOT what I am talking about. I am talking about this …

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Graffiti from Trastevere Rome

Painting Rome Red (and any other colour to hand)

On my first day in Rome I let my husband take my parents to brave the crowds looking at traditional art at …

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On losing (and regaining) my blogging mojo

A few months ago I had a little run in with a stalker. It was very brief, the Police were wonderful and …

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Unlike gold and diamonds, art has this other value and thats what makes it fascinating. Everything else is trying to sell you something else. Art is trying to sell you yourself. That’s what’s different about it. Art makes life worth living.

Keith Tyson,
Turner Prizewinner 2002

→ August 14, 2014