Phoenix Blog


March 19, 2023

Collagraphy was totally new to me when I signed up for Sally Hirst’s Complete Creative Collagraphy course last year. Suddenly a new world opened up for me.  I loved making the plates, then inking and printing them. Sally has done a vast amount of research on tools and supplies which is invaluable to a beginner … Continue reading A SNAPSHOT OF SALLY HIRST’S COMPLETE CREATIVE COLLAGRAPHY COURSE

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What Lies Beneath: Women, Politics, Textiles

February 7, 2023

Murray Edwards College (formerly New Hall) in Cambridge houses an unparalleled collection of art by women artists, which can be visited free of charge and without the need to pre-book: Visit the Collection From February 17 to August 28, 2022, they were also host to the exhibition “What Lies Beneath: Women, Politics and Textiles” by … Continue reading What Lies Beneath: Women, Politics, Textiles

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January 3, 2023

The Woven Child exhibition, shown at the Hayward Gallery in London in Spring 2022, was a great opportunity to view some of the work Louise Bourgeois created in the last decades of her life. The artworks on display incorporated her own clothing and textiles (such as bed linen, handkerchiefs, tapestries and needlepoints) from all stages … Continue reading THE WOVEN CHILD – LOUISE BOURGEOIS

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INDIGO … the true blue

November 2, 2022

Our June meeting this year fell on the weekend of  the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations, so we decided to do something different and  some of us gathered to experiment with  an indigo dye vat and share a picnic. In these days where everybody (except me!) has a pair of blue jeans the colour is very familiar … Continue reading INDIGO … the true blue

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October 1, 2022

Jo Coombes gives below an exceptional synopsis of the Festival of Quilts exhibition, held earlier this year. The Festival of Quilts, launched 19 years ago in partnership with the Quilters’ Guild, recently had its four-day annual show, attracting both national and international visitors. Quilts in a variety of categories from traditional to ‘art’, pictorial, miniature, … Continue reading FESTIVAL OF QUILTS

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September 1, 2022

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature Victoria and Albert Museum London until 8 January 2023 This fascinating exhibition documents the life of the artist, author, natural historian, farmer and environmentalist who was Beatrix Potter. Most of us will have grown up with and loved the characters in her books and it is a privilege to … Continue reading BEATRIX POTTER: DRAWN TO NATURE

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August 3, 2022

Tetrapak Drypoint Printing Here at Phoenix, our members are always looking to expand their knowledge of techniques and methods.  The potential of a new technique often gives freshness to our work, and the variety of skills and expertise within the group provides for a range of enjoyable in-house workshops.  When Rosaline Darby showed us her … Continue reading TETRAPAK DRYPOINT PRINTING

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July 2, 2022

Text to Textiles by Maria Walker The sharing of skills is an important part of the Phoenix ethos, so our members often give demonstrations or workshops at our monthly meetings. Phoenix member Maria Walker uses stitched text on fabric in her narrative based work, so she offered to demonstrate some of the techniques she uses … Continue reading TEXT TO TEXTILES

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June 2, 2022

ALTHEA McNISH: COLOUR IS MINE William Morris Gallery, Walthamstow 2 April – 11 September 2022 Phoenix member Rosaline Darby recently visited this exhibition, and this is what she says about it: The William Morris Gallery is always a rewarding place to visit, with its permanent displays about the company Morris & Co and the … Continue reading ALTHEA McNISH: COLOUR IS MINE

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May 1, 2022

TECHNIQUES FROM KAREN STAMPER’S “FREE UP YOUR SKETCHBOOK AND GROW” COURSE Sketchbooks by Joan Bingley, Lynne Butt, Jo Coombes and Linda Walsh For many textile artists, sketchbooks are an integral part of their creative practice.  For others, it is an unrewarding and difficult challenge. Concertina sketchbooks, however, are a fantastic way to explore themes by … Continue reading CONCERTINA SKETCHBOOKS

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