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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!!!


Come see me at London Design Festival
Read on for more details….

An innovative Textiles, Fashion and Interiors exhibition featuring Ten of the best UK-based designers, artists and recent graduates. Held at the exclusive Westbourne Studios, London from the 21st of September to the 25th 10am to 6pm, come and view these ten leading designers and artists amongst the amazing exhibition space of Westbourne Studios.
Concetta Gallo / Berit Greinke / Arantza Vilas / Pippa Caley / Marie Molterer / Laura Thomas / Ella Robinson / Kitty Joseph / Chloe Scadding / Debbie Smyth
Ysh London will also be exhibiting street fashion photographs from contributors based in London, Paris, Berlin, New York, Tokyo and Shanghai, and www.yshlondon.com will be online at the exhibition for visitors to try out.
Exhibitors are hosting a pop-up shop containing amazing take-me-home treats; after shopping at our pop-up shop, feel free to relax in the member’s only plush Westbourne Studio’s bar afterwards!
Free admittance- Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London, W10 5JJTube; Westbourne Park – Hammersmith and city lineBus; 28, 31 and 328
And here’s a little glimspe of some of the new work I will have on show…

Private View – Monday 21st 6-9pm…hopefully see you there….!

Material Evidence @ The Brindley, Runcorn 21 Feb-11 April

“The exhibition Material Evidence brings together four artists-Clare Lane, Laura McCafferty and recent graduates Debbie Smyth and Caroline Kirton- whose work reflects the importance of making and materials in contemporary art. They represent a new wave of artists and makers with a fresh take on the boundaries between art and craft. By exploring a range of processes, each artist reveals an affinity for working with the physicality of the textile medium in a fresh and exciting way.” – Jo Hall, Exhibition curator.
Commonplace industrial structures, architectural forms and bridges have always been a big source of inspiration for me and the Runcorn Widnes Bridge was no exception. Its dramatic scale, the repetitive nature of its structure and its intricacy all simultaneously intrigued me. However it wasn’t until I began to explore the bridge from all angles and view points that it’s captivating and bewildering perspective had me in awe. This matrix of steel rods seemed to funnel and disperse with the arch of the bridge giving it an air of illusiveness. By combining it’s complexity with my simple materials I feel I have captured its eye tricking nature.

One of my initial sketches for the Jubilee Bridge installation (above)

A lovely shot of me installing the Jubilee Bridge, 19/02/09 (above)

And a couple of shots of the final installation (above)

Running on from my pylon series, the bridge was an interesting addition to my pin and thread landscape. However unlike my pylons which I saw as floating linear structures, this bridge had a location; surroundings full of stories. It is the inclusion of these stories, which fundamentally is the less recognized beauty of Runcorn, which brings my piece to life.

The exhibition has had some good press coverage which include
Liverpool Daily Post, AN Magazine and The Runcorn and Widnes Weekly News

There will be a discussion at 1pm on 14th March about the work, with all four artists and the exhibition curator Jo Hall. Admission is free.

The exhibition is Supported by Arts Council England.

Some of my smaller work will also be on show, see below

And finally a general overview of the gallery, see below,

Just a little glimpse of whats on offer, all you have to do now is go and see it.

I’m in Tangible……

Tangible- High Touch Visuals is a new book out which explores the blurred borders of graphic design, illustration, art, interior design, architecture and craftsmanship. Following in the footsteps of Hidden Track (2005) and Tactile (2007), Tangible presents further developments from the work of young designers and artists who are experimenting with this multidisciplinary approach and creating outstanding original “tangible” designs.

The cover (above) and my page (right)

For more information about the book visit

The Designers Review of Books &


Gestalten.tv also has a video interview with Julien Vallée who created the cover and chapter plates for the book.

Or even better if you would like to purchase this lovely book visit Amazon

I may be a tad biassed but it trully is an inspirational book. It’s predessor Tactile proved to be an indispensable tool during the research for my final year project. I advise anyone who loves to rebel against the digitally dominant age we live in and get there hands stuck into the make and do side of a project, that this is the book for you.


My first post, how exciting!!

As I don’t have my website set up yet, I thought a good interim solution was to get myself a blog. So here I am….
Firstly, I think it’s best to start with a little introduction, so you all can get a little bit more familiar with me and what it is I do……..

I am a textile artist with a workshop in Cheltenham Spa. I create contemporary artworks which employ a variety of skills and techniques to transform unusual and unorthodox materials and objects into playful yet sophisticated pieces. This diverse style developed through training at West Wales School of the Arts, where I gained a first class honours degree in Contemporary Textiles.

Following the completion of my degree, I began to establish my own practice; the past year has been very busy, which has seen my work grow and progress. I have already exhibited at New Designers 2008, Tent London 2008 and other galleries across the UK.

The overall focus of my portfolio centres on the transformation of two dimensional lines and planes into three dimensional shapes and space. The dynamic energy of the drawn line is pushed in my pin and thread work. Creating a network of lines by stretching strands of thread between accurately measured and plotted pins gives an new lease of life to the a simple illustration. Anchored to the panels whilst simultaneously is floating in space, an element of deception is created which invites the inquisitiveness of the viewer.

As a multi-disciplinary thinker, my newly created forms can then take on a life of their own, as happy decorating 21st century interiors as featuring in fashion shoots; unique gifts at one scale, gallery installations at another.

Check out some pics at flickr
Also see Cool Hunting, Matandme and fforwm for some more info, pics etc

Your comments and emails are very welcome as I’d love to hear from you
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy getting to know me cos there’s more to come….