In April, I took part in York Open Studios for the first time and I shared space in the beautiful Cemetery Chapel with Cathy Denford, a fine artist whose work is semi-abstract. I wasn’t sure what to expect how many people would come? Would they appreciate the display of artwork from two such different artists? After a quiet opening evening, the rest of the weekend was almost a constant stream of visitors interested in looking, chatting and sometimes buying too. We were very lucky to have perfect weather with good light in the chapel and nearly 350 people took the time to come and look at our work; I enjoyed every minute of it and hope to do it again next year.
As a direct result of my participation in York Open Studios, I was invited to submit a piece of work to the ‘Made in Yorkshire Exhibition’ at the Quilt museum here in York, which opened on 7th May and runs until 29th August 2011. A large, free-machine embroidery of part of the sea wall at Scarborough called ‘Stratum’, displayed between acrylic sheets was accepted. This exhibition also includes work from textile artists from all over Yorkshire and runs alongside a quilt exhibition entitled ‘Celebrations’.
Another opportunity to exhibit occurred after I responded to a call for entries from Ken Spelman’s Bookshop in Micklegate. I was particularly pleased to be accepted for this first exhibition of the summer as it can sometimes be difficult for textile artists to have their work exhibited alongside more traditional art media and techniques, but by doing so, more visitors are exposed to its potential. I have several pieces in this exhibition, which runs from 21st May to 16th July 2011 in the shop at 70 Micklegate.