October is a great month for me for 3 reasons…

The first it’s my birthday and despite protestations from friends of a similar age that it is just a reminder that we’re getting old I still love the excitement of getting presents. The second the UK weather isn’t usually too bad – you have the autumnal colouring of leaves, a great excuse to get the fires lit and whilst it is cold the days are … Continue reading October is a great month for me for 3 reasons…

National Doodle Day (22nd September)

According to their website National Doodle Day is “a doodle-tastic annual fundraising event organised by Epilepsy Action.” What better excuse is there for creating some much needed downtime in your schedule that art for charity and the cause has had a whole host of celebrity supporters who have donated their doodles from ceramist and artist Grayson Perry to actor Sir ben Kingsley all of which you can … Continue reading National Doodle Day (22nd September)

Celebrating the Works of Arthur Rackham

As well as being International Talk Like a Pirate Day today is also the birth date of one of my favourite illustrators – the British illustrator Arthur Rackham. I bought my first Rackham print in a little book shop near York Minster and since then have amassed a collection of prints, cards and books which are displayed all over the house. He created visual depictions … Continue reading Celebrating the Works of Arthur Rackham

Sue Stone Textile Artist

One of the highlights of the Festival of Quilts was obviously Diana Harrison work but another was the work of textile artist Sue Stone. The exhibit is entitled “This is Me” and is a series of small portraits each around 27 by 35cm. Mixed media creations using a combination of fabrics, threads, wool, felt and acrylic paint. This is how the artist describes her work…… … Continue reading Sue Stone Textile Artist