Wednesday, 16 August 2017

                        and Linda has been seeing stars!
                      while Liz is thinking about traces of making and changing

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

The bee

The bee now has wings made of stainless steel!

Sunday, 13 August 2017

The bees

It has taken me five hours to do one bee and it still hasn't any wings, ha!

Monday, 24 July 2017

               Good meeting yesterday. Steph showed us some of her hand knitted samples

and some of the knitted and wrapped pieces she will show at the exhibition in Bath

Monday, 10 July 2017

The bees by Carla Mines

The South London Entomological and Natural History Society 1915-16 reported a deeply rooted superstition that if a death occurred in the family, the bees had to be told or they would all die during the coming year. I found a poem by Rudyard Kipling called, 'The Bee-Boy Song' which carried on this superstition.
 I have been looking at bees making nests in the wild, some on the ground, others in the trees. With the country leaving the EU the laws surrounding  the use of horrid pesticides on agricultural land are in jeopardy. We need to protect the bees.
  I decided that I would like to make a piece of work called, 'Tell the Bees'. This pictures shows the beginnings of the piece. I have made labels showing bees . In the poem, Rudyard  quotes, 'Marriage, birth or  buryin, news across the seas, all your sad and merry in, you must tell the bees.' So on the reverse of the labels I have put my news. 

Then I gave labels to my friends and colleagues and asked if they would like to add some news and these are some of them.
If you would like to contribute, make or reuse an old label  8 x4 cmx. decorated as you like and send them to Stephanie Wooster, University of the West of  England, Clanage Road, Bower Ashton, Bristol BS3  8 JJ. You can also contribute within our exhibition, 'Underpinning' @ 44AD, 4 Abbey Street, Bath BA1 1NN, From 5th 10th September. 11am -5pm. It will be lovely to meet you.

Monday, 3 July 2017

weekend workshop

We've just had a lovely weekend workshop run by Steph in Liz's studio overlooking a colourful garden. It was quite challenging as on the Saturday morning we had to collaborate in pairs, without speaking at all, and create a piece relating to the head and movement, that both people could wear! There were some very funny moments! I started by thinking about the moving parts on a head and looked at ways to create opening paper eyes, a wrinkling nose and an opening mouth out of one of the papers Steph had brought.

On the Sunday Linda was ill so we couldn't work in pairs any more. Instead individually we responded to what had been made by others on the previous day. The different sorts of hats appealed to me so I made some samples using fabrics that Carolyn had brought - a pleated silk ruffle to trim a hat, an overlaying of dyed scrim on another fabric to reference straw hats and plaited cotton that was wound & stitched round and round as some straw hats are. Ideas being taken from an NT book on hats & bonnets from the Snowshill collection.

more images of the workshop from Linda

Monday, 12 June 2017

what's in the box

An excitement this morning with the delivery of the new fliers for our exhibition at 44AD in September

Chained and Unchained

Continuing my exploration of hand stitch which began with small experiments with chain stitch, this piece mounted also acknowledges the drawing of  Cy Twombley and the painting of Howard Hodgkin.

Experimenting with chain stitch led on to a freer approach which I termed "unchained". The death of Hodgkin earlier this year suggested this piece using the frame that the whole group decided to use.

"Boom" uses this free approach to stitch and its reverse makes a nod to the freedom found in quilts from the Gees Bend area of America


Still working and experimenting, watch this space!

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

mixing materials

With the degree shows in full swing my work has been moving slowly but I have enjoyed the chance to contemplate movements.
Working with the sandblasted ceramics, adding threads and crochet I have been struck by the textures and varying natures of the materials, truly letting the materials speak to me. The next step I'd like to take is to translate this into knitting.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

bloom book

I spent time with Sarah Morpeth, papercutter, and have made a 'bloom'book.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Altered postcards

Another batch of postcards that have been altered ready to pass on to the others to re-alter. Using our own themes of work. I use this exercise ,the dark art of procrastination, as a warm up to the real work for the gallery in 44AD Bath, haha!

Sunday, 7 May 2017

a visit to Bath

Five of our group having a cuppa before visiting 44AD. It was great to see the space as a group to start considering what work might go where.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017


17 April 17 - Corinne Renow-Clarke

For a number of years I have made sketchbooks to take away on holidays and trips. Each book takes about a day to make as there are lots of pages to cut and paint before stitching the pages together. I try and work in them every day when I’m away maybe noting colours in the landscape, traffic details on roads, people, quirky windows, doors and chimneys etc when we’re actually travelling. On our days out I love to go to museums and stately homes where I can revel in drawing the wealth of patterns and details to be found or to draw landscapes, seascapes and cityscapes. Drawing is fundamental to my work; I need to draw every day.

My intention is to make some sketchbooks based on Bath. The Victoria Art Gallery, the Holburne Museum, the American Museum, the Fashion Museum and the Roman Baths are just a few places to visit and draw. Then there are the many wonderful architectural buildings and landscapes to record in and around Bath. These sketchbooks will be on display at our Underpinning exhibition at 44AD near the Abbey in September along with any work inspired by my travels.


Friday, 31 March 2017


Working on some elements for pieces for "Underpinning".

Monday, 27 March 2017


I bought this old hand held roller printer at the antiques market. Still have to renovate the inking roller. Trying it out with an ordinary ink pad. Would like to use it in my hand made books.

Monday, 20 March 2017


Carolyn is thinking about Bath in Bloom and is making flowers. This tiny one sits in a thimble.

Saturday, 28 January 2017


Linda Babb  March 17
A couple of images of my recent work which will feature in my exhibition at Hobbs House Bakery Cafe from April 10th to May 20th. Further details in the Select Festival brochure which has just come out.

Stephanie Wooster, March 17
The sandblasting and stitching are developing in tandem to each other, I have also been taken by the effect of the sandblasting on the bubble wrap used to protect the inside of a vase, the delicate lace effect can be seen at the bottom the second picture, I have started to stitch this onto tissue-paper. To complete the mixture of processes I am knitting a variety of textures with a selection of yarns, I am enjoying this mixture and the fun of not knowing where it will end.

Stephanie Wooster March 2017

January is always a time of reflection for me. Reviewing the year gone and looking towards the work to come. I have been considering the importance of textures, touch and materials in my work. I really enjoyed collaborating with the amazing ceramicist Sara Parsons and was keen to continue. Here are the photos of work so far.
collaborative work of Stephanie Wooster and Sara Parsons

electrical tape and mark-making with liquid latex getting a plate ready for the sandblaster

after the sandblaster, glaze and clay

bone china plate, sandblasted to the point of destruction. Next step....
Stephanie Wooster. February 2017.

All beginning work for 'Underpinning' our September exhibition in Bath,
Corinne working in her sketchbook.

Liz is thinking about stitch as the 'underpinning' of her practice

Tuesday, 24 January 2017