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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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April 3, 2022

SKETCHUARY CHALLENGE Have you ever struggled to get your creativity going again after Christmas? Do you suffer from post-exhibition malaise? In January our members were feeling a bit lacking in inspiration. As a group we had been extremely busy in October and November staging two exhibitions in quick succession and were now feeling listless after … Continue reading SKETCHUARY CHALLENGE

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March 8, 2022

The Broderers Exhibition: The Art of Embroidery Bankside Gallery, 22 -27 February 2022 The Worshipful Company of Broderers is one of the City of London livery companies. It is over 450 years old and historically was responsible for maintaining the standard of embroidery in London. Although none of us in Phoenix submitted work for this … Continue reading EXHIBITION REVIEW – THE BRODERERS EXHIBITION

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February 10, 2022

Here at Phoenix, we know Debbie Lyddon well because she used to be a member of our group, and so it was a delight to welcome her back as a tutor for this fun, stimulating and intellectually challenging workshop using collage to focus on design and composition. Debbie’s engaging personality, well-planned structure for the day … Continue reading COLLAGE WORKSHOP WITH DEBBIE LYDDON

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