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The Big Draw

“To celebrate The Big Draw, as part of it’s travelling Curious about Craft mobile exhibition, Craftspace will be inviting the public to create with rising textile star, Debbie Smyth to explore drawing using thread. Debbie has developed a visually stunning technique to create playful but sophisticated artworks using a networks of threads stretched between plotted pins. Come and experiment with hammer, nails and thread and a whole new approach to drawing.”
When: Saturday 30th October, 10am till 3pm
 Where: Kings Heath on a mobile unit near All Saints Church (look for Curious About Craft? banner and signs) All Saints Church Centre, Vicarage Road, Kings Heath Birmingham, B14 7RA
Hopefully see you there for an action packed day of drawing drawing drawing……!!
Below is my interpretation of “Curious about Craft?” logo……pop along on saturday to see it in the flesh and to have a go at making your own unique pin drawing!!

Upcoming Shows

I’ve got a busy autumn ahead of me and heres a little glimpse of what I’m up to

Its my first year at Origin, which runs from the 23-29th October at old Spitalfields Market, London.

This exciting new venue in the heart of creative London and the new timing of Origin as a major presence during the London Design Festival will inject new life and a renewed sense of excitement into this highly respected, established event.

Come along, meet me on Stand K29 and see my interactive and exciting new range of work. Further to this, I will be threading live on the stand for the duration of the show

Heres a sneaky peak of some of the new work I will have on show

Trolleyed 525x525mm
This is a Craft journey not to be missed!!

I will be exhibiting with New British Artists again this year at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park from the 21-24 October. Come along to stand H10

I am working with project/ten again this autumn on a site specific, Cardiff inspired piece at the Wales Millennium Centre which will be unveiled on the 29th November. September saw the launch of the project/ten residency at the ffresh lounge in the centre. Pop along to see a variety of new work by the collective on show.
Also the project/ten autumn #1 show is fast approaching approaching. Housed in unit 22-24 morgan arcade from october 1-16, it promises to be the collectives most exciting show yet.

An exhibition at the National Botanical Gardens of Wales demonstrating 10 years of textiles and 10 years of growth by staff and graduates of the textiles department at West Wales School of the Arts. Show runs from 10th September to the 30th November

Urban Scenes/
Exhibition at Galanthus Gallery, Hereford runs from the 16-31 October, showcasing architectural inspired work by artists Carolyn Blake ,Dawn Dupree, Debbie Smyth, Malcolm Dobson, Steve Leaning, Stacey Bentley, Sangeun Kim ,Kirsty Summerling . Show launch night is Friday 17 Sept from 6.30-8.30pm

Also Threadbare continues until the 30th October so catch it before I pull all the pins out. See previous blogs for more info.


So far THREADBARE has been a great success, It runs until the 30th October so plenty of time to go see it at Manchester Craft and Design Centre.
Heres some photos from the opening too
Interactive threading, Pimms, chats, and lots of lovely people…….thanks for coming along everyone
lots of people getting involved
here’s some doctors hands…..really interesting watching him threading….very percise
And finally a pic of me posing……Thank you to everyone at the craft centre for all you help….Kate, Dena. Lippy aka Jane, Steph, Clint and everybody who works there……your all stars!! Looking forward to seeing you all soon.
Masterclasses are on the 4th September and 9th October, please contact Manchester Craft and Design Centre for further info

Last day installaing Threadbare

Its been a very busy, hot, sticky week down here at the Manchester Craft and Design Centre installing THREADBARE, lots of people dropping in for a chat or just to observe and I’ve also had plenty of interviews. Click here to see video interview with Jenny from Indie Quarter (keep an eye out for the annoying fly…typical….luckily they editted out the swatting…ha ha)
Also heres a link to a lovely article by Manchester Confidental, and another by Susie Stubbs, editor of Craetive Tourist
Not much time as I have to get back to putting the finishing touchs to the installation.
Threadbare opening is tomorrow Saturady 3rd from 2-4pm. Live music with Jo Rose, complimentary refreshments….pimms…ummm and also there will be a chance to get involved with some threading.
So come on down for a fun action packed afternoon!!

Heres a couple of installation pics……

Quick THREADBARE update……

Threadbare is up and running and I have to say the first day has been a success.
Interview this morning with Andy Brydon was slightly nerve wracking but dont think I got too flustered….. and he has done a lovely write up about THREADBARE…..heres the link and if you fancy a listen to the interview, here you go
Pinning-wise……on track to be finished by Friday……woop woop
So far so good…..
More interviews tomorrow and hopefully I’ll have a few pics……so watch this space