I have been to The Willow Gallery in Oswestry today to hang some of my recently completed embroideries. I always have some of my work in the gallery and try to change the display every month. Currently showing 2 new pieces Ebb and Flow a study of the sea in Madeira and Rushing By inspired by a walk in the woods in North Devon last year. I hope you can get there to see them.
Rushing By a Machine Embroidery by Alison Holt – £595
Aurifil Mako 28wt threads
I am busy making stitch samples, testing threads and fabrics of different weights for the collaboration with Steven Tai. A selection of cottons have arrived from Aurifil, they are beautiful threads to work with, I am enjoying all the experimenting.
I have recently been asked by fashion designer Steven Tai to collaborate with him on the signature piece for his AW 13 collection. Steven, a graduate from Central St Martins has worked with Stella McCartney and earlier this year was invited by Mercedes Benz and ELLE Germany to present a SS 13 collection at Berlin Fashion Week
The embroidered image we are working on together will be featured in the next Hyeres festival in April 2013. This is an exciting departure for me and a creative challenge, its really interesting to discuss threads, fabrics and stitch samples with someone as creative as Steven. I will post the final embroidery when we have completed it
Talking about the Cliff Top Walk embroidery
I was fortunate to be invited to share the NW Embroiderers Guild Christmas Lunch near Abergele on Saturday. It was a super day, I was made to feel very welcome by such a friendly group of enthusiastic ladies. We all had a lovely time and very few fell asleep when I gave my slide talk after a lunch. After a large lunch, a glass or 2 of wine if someone puts the lights out its the most natural thing to want a little nap!
I am currently planning a month in Australia, starting in Tasmainia, exhibiting and teaching in November 2013. I am very pleased to say I have just been asked to run a 2 day course in Sydney which is a new location to add to my itinerary.
for more information click here…. Australian Trip
I have recently been invited to exhibition in Quilt Expo en Beaujolais which is held in Villefranche sur Saône near Lyon in France. It is a 4 day event held from April 18th to 21st 2013
So how amazing that today Search Press would send me my book Machine Embroidered Flowers, Woodlands and Landscapes: The Art of Alison Holt translated into French. Did they know something I didnt know……!
I have been invited to be the “Behind the Scenes” Author on www.makeandcraft.com
This is a feature that changes each month and my interview will be live for the month of January 2013.
Take a look, its an interesting website featuring a wide range of artists and craftmen. Make & Craft magazine is an inspiring environment featuring contemporary tutorials and projects using a wide variety of supplies and techniques, as well as, reviving traditional crafts worth cherishing
Putting the finishing touches to the display case
Busy afternoon putting a collection of my work on display in Oswestry Library. I have lower priced pieces here aimed unashamedly at the Christmas market !
Sharing the space with me is Myk Briggs with his amazing photographs of sunsets. I hope you can get along to take a look. The work will be there until November 31st ( The Library is closed on Thursday and Sunday )
I have just been to the Wrekin Embroiderers Guild to give a slide talk on the development of my work, 30 Years of Machine Embroidery and a one day workshop – Flowers and Foliage
Thanks to everyone for a great welcome and your enthusiasm on the day course
If you want to see the results look here
I was interviewed and filmed last week for Shropshire County Channel TV for their programme Shropart
We had a productive morning and I can’t wait to see the finished film
Many thanks to Geoff for an enjoyable time
I am planning a trip to Australia in November 2013. I have been invited to exhibit at Australia’s premier arts and crafts event, the Tasmanian Craft Fair, Deloraine, Tasmania as the feature International Artist
Tasmainian Craft Fair
I am also planning to teach a range of courses during November,
in a variety of locations
I have 3 definite locations where I will be teaching, Adelaide, Deloraine,Tasmania and Brisbane. I will post more details as they are confirmed but meanwhile…..
more info here
This is my first trip to Australia
and I am looking forward to the experience