Wednesday, 24 September 2008


a day at Camberwell saw the what can a book be? seminar leading to a session in the wonderful Chelsea Book Art Collection. it is an exceptional collection of artists books. after a walk through soho and the tottenham court road area i got a train home to view the portacabin covering at the corn exchange - really pleased - it looked dark and menacing, especially at night. i will return to photograph it in the light

Saturday, 13 September 2008

hi mum

so tell me about your work.


a sunny afternoon saw the culmination of the commission at Distillery Pond celebrated with a drumming band, speeches and a play. the stones were unveiled by some of the children who live in the space while older past residents looked on - a good ending

Friday, 12 September 2008


starting at 4 this morning the wrap is finally wrapping the corn exchange in Ipswich. it was a great team effort from the printers at nes in Colchester, the scaffolders, the riggers from Cambridge, all at Nobel and Taylor, and the team at Ipswich Borough Council especially Mark and Rebecca. the work looks good and will give the public a few moments to contemplate throughout the day. SGR and Look East turned up for an interview so the timer is set for my mum tonight!

Wednesday, 10 September 2008

before is now

the stones that make up the piece before is in the ground and the guys from Perfitts did a fantastic job setting the two stones with professional precision, the experience they bring is incalculable. The shape and colour of the stones sat well in the space making the work look as if it had always been there as. The open day where we consulted with residents past and present on the various elements of the proposed piece felt worthwhile. As the crane positioned the blocks, each weighing 3 tonnes, the sun shone it felt like the day was laid on for us.

Monday, 8 September 2008


the plastic coated text has been signed off and made ready to be sandblasted

Sunday, 7 September 2008


creating a production line for the beyond flyer - the beginning of the folding - 500 sheets each folded 4 times with one cut and a hole cut all by hand - the first 4 hours went like a breeze

Saturday, 6 September 2008

bringing the words to life

saturday saw a workshop at Hythe Community Centre where the research I have been gathering from past employees, residents and people who played in the area was used by Trestle theatre to create a piece of live art. The piece looked at the idea of the past, present and future possibilities of the area and the young people. The work will celebrate the memories of the people I have worked with and be performed as part of the unveiling next saturday.


the foundations are dug and ready to go

Friday, 5 September 2008


a busy week has seen the culmination of two years work for the MA Textile Culture students I work with at Norwich. their final show looked good and was well received

The course is innovative in defining, mapping and furnishing a range of practices within textiles and textile culture. It challenges and encourages a broad perspective on the historical, global, local, contemporary and critical contexts for which textiles are a formative medium. It encourages the acquisition and development of a wide range of textile interests and skills whilst at the same time enabling students to focus coherently on specific practices and issues which are appropriate to their own development. Through a combination of taught and self-negotiated modules students have the opportunity to develop a balance between advancing their own practice and identifying contexts for textiles which challenge assumptions and enhance the knowledge base appropriate to their practice.