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CraftSpace @ Creative Careers Festival, mac

In January I was working with Craft Space at mac in Birmingham  for the Creative Careers Festival, and what an insightful few days it was.

Craftspace invite participants to create with rising textile star, Debbie Smyth exploring 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.”

I worked with hundreds of  teenagers within the space of a few days to create a threadiffiti wall. Here of some snaps of the few days…..

I learned a lot over those couple of days and came to the conclusion….teenagers ain’t that bad….you just gotta point ’em in the right direction

Cowarth Park

This is a very exciting commission I completed last year and was very different to a lot of things I had previously done. I worked with Interior designers at Fox Linton to produce 5 floor to ceiling panels depicting bulrushes for Cowarth Park Spa foyer.
Here are some photos

And thats that…….visit the Cowarth Park website to see more and also keep an eye out for the May Hotels by Design supplement in House & Garden magazine where there will be a wee write up on the commission

Very much overdue……

So I’ve been a bit slack with my posting but the plan is to get right back up to date asap so I keep all you lovely people  in the loop with what I’m up to….
My last post came just after Origin last year, which proved to be a very worthwhile experience and I will be applying again this year. The shows new venue and setup suited me very well- running in line with LDF brought in a new type of clientèle, and opened my work, along the the other exhibitors, work up to a much wider and varied audience

Here’s a little pic of  my stand at Origin 2010 and below I’m doing a bit of threading at the show

And a few pics of some of the commission I gained from Origin

and another

So thats a little about Origin 2010…….my minds on the go now thinking of new ideas for Origin 2011 if I get in that is…..bigger and better hopefully!!!


summer #1

project/ten, cardiff’s only roaming gallery, will be settling for three weekends in june, taking residence in a warehouse on northcote lane, cardiff.

opening hours: every friday 8 – 11pm and saturday 1 – 11pm from june 11 – 26; entrance through milgi, 213 city road and from northcote lane, cardiff.

this, the gallery’s second pop-up exhibition, will be a continually changing exhibition in respect that sold work is replaced and walls refreshed throughout. summer #1 will also introduce the collective’s latest additions – new artist from west wales, ben lloyd; matt needle, a graphic designer boasting an impressive list of clients that include nike, reiss clothing and tiger beer; and carwyn evans, who recently graduated with a masters from the royal college of art, london.

as well as exhibiting new work from the growing collective each weekend will feature a large-scale site specific installation which promises to make this exhibition bigger, better and bolder and will build on the foundation laid by the first pop-up.

all are welcome to the official launch at the milgi warehouse on friday june 11 from 8-11pm where debbie smyth’s( thats me!!!) outstanding and intricate nail and thread work will be produced on-site in a ‘live pinning.’

all work is for sale with prices ranging from £15 – £4500 and can be viewed at our new look website www.project-ten.co.uk

By Hand / On Foot

Heres a little info about my most recent show at The White Space Gallery, Somerset College, Taunton which runs from the 30th Oct to 27th Nov;

If you are in the area, it’s worth a lil’look……
For the exhibition By Hand / On Foot, I really wanted to take advantage of this interactive space by working on-site in the exhibition space for a week, interacting with passerbys, most of whom were lecturers and students whilst installing Ship to Shore, a 4m x 4m shipwreck sketch.
Also whilst in Taunton for the week, I did a wee bit of lecturing….which I rather enjoyed. Felt great being back in College.Very inspiring.
Best of luck to all the 3rd years I spoke with at the College and also a big thank you to Kirsty who helped me out one morning threading, it was great working with you and looking forward to seeing your stand at New Designers next year
heres a little snap shot tour of the gallery from setup through to completion
Day 2…..day 1 was spent preping the walls
Day 3- progressing slowly, to much chatting
Day 4- still hammering

Day 5- Completed Ship with a 3D net….

pylons connecting across the room

The Pylon Diptych again working well in 3D space. I added the wires to create a flow around the space

The final view, on Monday morning. The work on the left is by photographer Zac Mead who is the other half of By Hand / On Foot. His work includes stunning urbanscapes and moving deadpan portraiture, click here for more info Thank you Zac for all your help and it was great working with you!

Also a big thank you to Imelda, Neil and all the other staff at the college who were all so helpful and lovely during the installation.

The show runs until the 27th of November. After that Ship to Shore will be no more; it’s only temporary so catch if you can !!