Ebb’n’Flow

Bridging the generations has always been vital for bobbin lace; it can take decades to build up expertise and develop new ideas, but these must be passed down if these developments are to be sustained and expanded.

So it is deeply exciting that www.textilesupport.net is offering two student scholarships for workshops during Ebb’n’Flow, my solo show scheduled for September 15 – October 28, 2018, at Walford Mill Crafts and the Priest’s House Museum, Wimborne, Dorset.

My own part of this is an examination in bobbin lace of the climate-sensitive ecology of the fragile landscape close to my home. In linen lace panels, hangings and wearable pieces, I have used texture, colour and pattern to develop the natural inspiration drawn from a daily observation of Stanpit Marsh in Christchurch Harbour.

Arts Council funding has also allowed me to write an accompanying publication detailing the way each piece recalls the losses wrought there by different aspects of Climate Change – as well as looking at how we can help reverse it.

However, bobbin techniques can also enhance other media such as gold and silver filament, horsehair, silk paper and 3D imagery, which will be shown by guest artists drawn from the UK and around the world: Ann Allison, Hanne Behrens, Anne Dyer, Pierre Fouché, Sue McLaggan, Sylvia Piddington, Lauran Sundin and Denise Watts.

A number of us will also present workshops, leading off with Pierre Fouché’s first visit to the UK, to teach and exhibit with us, followed by Lauran Sundin. Both of these will be supported by scholarships, but all five workshops will also offer two places with £50 discounts for students. Bookings open on March 12, and if students do not take up the places reserved for them, they will be offered to adults from a waiting list from May 15.


Find out more about the Ebb’n’Flow exhibition here