Monday 28 October 2013

Hula Hoop bag

Commissioned for the Skip Theatre girls, professional hula hoopers and skippers who perform in clubs - so they need their hands free to have a dance too!

Sunday 27 October 2013

Living Library - Bloomsbury Festival

Delighted to design for this now annual event at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine which was very busy with lots of human books in character! Part of the Bloomsbury Festival. Will gradually put up recent freelance commissions...
Poster Design


Very busy working with the team on this event - the tickets go on sale tomorrow. Tweets can be followed @Subv_Stitch

If you'd like to tweet about it please use #subv13 - thank you!

Friday 29- Saturday 30 November 2013 Sackler Centre for arts education,
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL

Keynote Speakers: Professor Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds, UK and artist Elaine Reichek, USA

The Subversive Stitch Revisited: The Politics of Cloth is an international event that will explore the legacy of Rozsika Parker’s groundbreaking book, The Subversive Stitch: embroidery and the making of the feminine (1984) and two landmark exhibitions from 1988 that developed Parker’s ideas. It will consist of a two-day event held at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and an online resource that will include documentation of all contributions. The event will be dedicated to the memory of Rozsika Parker, who died in 2010.

The first day will begin by looking back to the art and feminist debates of the 1970s and 80s from which both the book and the exhibitions emerged, and will feature keynote presentations by Professor Griselda Pollock, University of Leeds, whose collaborative work with Parker during that period produced key feminist art texts, and leading American artist Elaine Reichek in conversation with Jenni Sorkin (University of California, Santa Barbara).

The event will then explore the politics of cloth now, focusing on current activity by both women and men that addresses ethical, social and global issues, and on cloth as a subversive strategy, with an emphasis on radical, subversive and interventionist projects that question and challenge structures of power.

Speakers include:

Megha Rajguru + Nicola Ashmore, Đorđe Balmazović, Michael Bath, Claire Barber + Rowan Bailey, Lise Bjørne Linnert, Leah Borromeo, Anthea Black + Nicole Burisch, Christine Checinska, Sarah Corbett, Steffi Duarte, Leora Farber, Elke Gaugele, Betsy Greer, Roisin Inglesby, Alexandra Kokoli, Kimberly Lamm, Anne Moore, Brenda Schmahmann, Rose Sinclair, Jenni Sorkin, Matt Smith, Lisa Vinebaum, Liese Van Der Watt

Bookings will go live on Monday 28th October on 
For general enqueries please contact

• Please note: Presentations on the first day will be held in the Hochhauser Auditorium and on the second in a large seminar room, with a smaller capacity. This means that more tickets are available for the first day than the second. Therefore tickets will need to be booked separately for each day.
• There will be a limited number of discounted tickets for bona fide students on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Subversive Stitch Revisited is collaboration between The Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, and writer and curator Pennina Barnett, and in partnership with Iniva (Institute of International Visual Art).

Poster image adapted from The Subversive Stitch sampler by Lyn Malcolm, commissioned by Cornerhouse and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester for The Subversive Stitch exhibitions 1988. Designer: Jessica Smulders Cohen.

Twitter: @Subv_Stitch

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Welsh Space Campaign


Have been moving into more freelance design work while still making bespoke bag orders, hence a long time since posting. I couldn't resist posting about this one:

The Welsh Space Campaign, by Hefin Jones, has won this year's Christine Risley Award, at Goldsmiths, University of London.

Goldsmiths BA (Hons) Design graduate Hefin, from Cardigan in Wales, created a space suit made by Welsh craftsmen from materials sourced in Wales. 

A plumber has built a pressure system for the spacesuit, a traditional clog maker has made space clogs, and the last remaining wool mills in Wales have provided material for the space suit.

Hefin explains: "The Welsh Space Campaign (WSC) launches ordinary Welsh people into outer space, by finding a cosmic context for Welsh culture, skills and traditions. I aim to reveal that Wales has the capacity to explore space, and to show that off-world culturalisation can be achieved through a collective communitarian effort; as a way to allow the people involved to reconsider their role and skill in relation to these cosmic contexts."

The piece will be exhibited in the Constance Howard Gallery at Goldsmiths from 24 September - 24 October, after which it will become part of the Welsh National Museum Archive. 

The Christine Risley Award is a cash prize awarded by the Goldsmiths Textile Collection & Constance Howard Gallery to a graduating Goldsmiths student for outstanding work relating to textiles, in memory of Christine Risley.

As a textile artist, Christine Risley (1926-2003) was a key member of Constance Howard's remarkable and innovative department of textiles. In the 1960s Christine pioneered the teaching of machine embroidery and established one of the most exciting courses of the period. A great teacher, and writer on the subject, she encouraged her students to be adventurous in both work and life. 

Christine retired in 1990 and died in 2003, and her special collection of clothes helped to fund acquisitions for the Goldsmiths Textile Collection. Each year, an outstanding Goldsmiths graduate working with the medium of textiles is awarded a prize in her memory.

Monday 25 March 2013

Bags inspiring poetry

The exhibition 'Bags: The Craft of the Carrying Companion' has now ended but the display was superb. Some local writers were inspired to write a couple of poems, the first one refers to my large purse and the second one is solely about the large purse which asks questions that several passers by ask me on the street!

Big bags and small bags.
Short bags and tall bags.
Bags of every size and shape.
Made of fabric softly draped.
Some of leather, new and old.
Shiny, polished, good to hold.
Bags to carry on bus or train.
Bags built to carry extra strains.
Cases for clothes and underwear.
Cases for picnics we love to share.
Some open out flat as a sheet.
Some fold down, nice and neat.
A giant purse takes centre stage
Try your hand at decoupage,
Or leather strips for you to weave
Items here you won’t believe

Giant purse
What do you put in a giant purse?
Some pennies to pay for a journey home,
Or a lovely dinner for when you get back?
Make up to enhance a lovely face?
A lacy hanky to stop a sneeze?
A comb and brush to tidy hair?
There’s lots and lots of room in there.

These beautiful suitcases at the same exhibition really stood out for me.

Sunday 20 January 2013

Sea Spurge

Sea Spurge: Old Hunstanton Beach, Norfolk
When I went on a short trip to the Norfolk coast and a very slow meander among the sand dunes... couldn't believe the colours on this plant... apparently it's called 'Sea Spurge'.

Recycled selection

A couple of platefuls of a few new printed and recycled purses...

Wednesday 2 January 2013

Bilston Craft Gallery


15 DECEMBER 2012 - 9 MARCH 2013
This exhibition is free and up and running in Bilston, just outside Wolverhampton. The curation is very impressive and I love this picture they took of a selection of printed and recycled Betty's Revenge bags.

Betty's Revenge bags at Bilston Craft Gallery