Monthly Archives: June 2013

I got in to Rhondda Heritage Park!

Whoop!  Just a quickie to share my news with you – I had an email yesterday from Rhondda Heritage Park, letting me know that all my submissions to the summer Open Exhibtion have been accepted! Woo!

Hurray for me!

I have to skedaddle now, I’m afraid – I have lots of terribly uninteresting thing (like inventories and accounts, bleurgh) to get on with.  I’ll be back soon with something pretty to show you, I promise. xx


I was up late last night trying to finish some pieces to take to Victoria Fearn Gallery for the summer open exhibition.  I have always, always been a leave-it-till-the-last-minute kind of a gal, and I suppose I probably always will!

A couple of new pieces were born from among the chaos and litter of last night’s activities, including this one, “Swigod” (“bubbles”), who I think is absolutely adorable!  I wasn’t sure how the shibori ‘bubbles’ would look attached to the calico, but I needn’t have worried, she’s so cute!


“Swigod / Bubbles” – a brand new piece featuring shibori bubbles.

And this piece, “Chwiorydd” (“Sisters”), which is a stitched and appliqué sketch of my daughters.  This is a new mounting method for me too, I like it, it I think it’s worked out very well.


Chwiorydd / Sisters – Free machine embroidered and appliqué on calico.

Both these pieces, along with some others including examples of the balloon shibori girls, will be exhibited at Victoria Fearn Gallery in Cardiff from 5th July – 31st August.  Why not pop along!

Submissions to the Rhondda Heritage Park Open Exhibition

I submitted three pieces to the Open Exhibition at Rhondda Heritage Park on Sunday.  I really, really hope I get selected for the exhibition, but having seen some of the AMAZING oil paintings there I couldn’t help worrying that my pieces wouldn’t be considered worthy, arty or heavy enough.  It all depends on the selection panel, what they’re looking for and what they want the exhibition to be about, so I’ll do my best not to worry and look forward, instead, to my next deadlines and future projects.

Some flyaway girls and their shibori balloons. This is fast becoming one of my signature pieces so I felt I had to submit it to the exhibition.

This is a cross stitch portrait of my Lil Big Eyes doll. The cross stitch is teeny tiny, worked 1×1 on 32 count linen. I can’t begin to work out the hours I’ve spent on this, needless to say she isn’t for sale!

Princess and the Pea – I want to do more fairytale illustrations but have been a bit busy doing other things recently. I did do a Rapunzel a little while back, but I’m not happy with it so she’s not for display until I can revisit her.

I completely fell in love with one of the paintings I saw when I submitted mine.  It was a tiny bit out of my budget though at £800.  It was an oil painting of a mother holding back (or holding onto?) her child, dressed in a Batman costume and set against bunting, all in dark, stormy colours and textures.  I can’t remember now what it was called or who the artist was, if you know please leave a note below, but otherwise I’ll take a look when the exhibition opens (6th July – 14th September) and, if I’m allowed, take a photo too.