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With less than a month to my open studio, there is still a mountain of work for me to complete to get my studio ready for the public. As you may know, I’m moving my studio space from the snug in the house to a converted barn across the way, which is super exciting!

My new studio space has plenty of light with eight windows and plenty of room for my plethora of sewing equipment, threads, fabric and art materials. Its just a case of organising the space so it works for me and moving it all. Which I have started, but anyone who has ever moved house will know you always have more than you remember! I am starting to wonder how I fitted it all into the old studio space. At the moment I am split between the two spaces which is less than convenient, but I’ve got big plans to make my new studio amazing to share with you. If you like you can follow my progress on Facebook and Instagram. 

So when can you see my studio and what can you expect?

'Drawn To The Valley's Open Studio' starts on Sa...


Its been a pretty busy time for me preparing for a multitude of forthcoming exhibitions and creating commissions. With this in mind, I thought it would be a good time for me to share with you the events and exhibitions I will be participating in, in the second half of this year. I am always looking for new opportunities so if any pop up along the way I will keep you informed. If in doubt check the news and events page on my website: https://www.nsltextileart.co.uk/news-and-events

Starting from the first, I am taking part in a Wildlife Exhibition at Dartmoor Zoological Park which started on the 23rd of this month and will finish on the 30th of August. I am exhibiting four original pieces and a selection of limited edition prints. Work includes 'Pounce!, The Moorland Drop, The Last Acorn and Four Little Owls'. Check out the zoo's website for opening times. 
(For those who don't agree with zoos, I am glad to say this is a conservation zoo, they do a huge amount of research and goo...


This months art is inspired by the rivers of Bodmin Moor. I spend a great deal of time on or by the river, living only a stones throw away from the River Lynher. Its wildlife often frequents my garden, whether that be Herons flying overhead or Water Rails using the garden as a stop off point in its migration. I find there is nothing more calming than the gentle sound of water cascading down ripping falls, the air being filled with the damp taste of fresh water and ears full of the soothing chorus of birds echoing down from the trees above. I can only hope to capture some of these aspects within my art and bring the aura of the river and its joyous characters into your home.

A great number of Cornwall's rivers are founded on Bodmin Moor, it is the birthplace to the River Camel, Fowey, Lynher, Inny and Ottery. They are essential to the ecosystem of the moors wetlands/ marshes and are the life support of its diverse wildlife. Many parts of the river are isolated, untouched and unr...


There is a wealth of history, myths and legends surrounding Bodmin Moor, when combined with its wildness, hostility and harsh weather. It can easily be characterised as a haunting, moody and mysterious landscape of an ancient character.

Bodmin Moor has been occupied since prehistoric times, in the Bronze Age the climate was warmer and soils more fertile. Hundreds of thatched stone round houses stood on the lower slopes of Rough Tor, the remains of these settlements and their ancient fields can still be seen today. As can ancient remains of ritual, ceremonial and burial sites, at the henge at Castilly. Not forgetting the high grounds with is megalithic tombs, cairns, standing stones and monuments over 4,000 years old.

There is no doubt that the moor is full of history, it is this history that has turned into myths and legends like that of King Arthur and our relatively modern Beast of Bodmin Moor. The moor is said to be haunted by the ghosts of lost souls and that of John Tregeag...


“The little black bird was singing, as a gentle wind ruffled his feathers, he shook his little black wings after he sung his beautiful song, then took flight into the open sky, the blue sky swallowed him whole, we look up and see he’s gone, nothing stays for long.” A. Bentley

There can’t be a person in the world that hasn’t imaged themselves as a bird gliding high in the sky, as the wind blows over them as they survey the patchwork of the countryside below. With modern advances we can come close to knowing what this might be like, looking down from a plane window or from hand gliding. This can be exhilarating but nothing can come close to the real flight of a bird, as nature intended.

These thoughts cross my mind when standing at the very top of a tor on Bodmin Moor, almost high enough to see the world through the eyes of a bird. As often as not, a bird would torment me with its majestic flight, a Kestrel will hover overhead or a buzzard would circle round using the thermals bef...


It will be of no surprise to you that I am completely in love with Bodmin Moor, living only 10 minutes away, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't look out onto its sheer beauty or feel its changeable weather!!! Given a chance, I would be there in a heartbeat, even on the most dismal of days the moor has a moody, enticing atmosphere that draws you back time after time.

Bodmin Moor is the largest area of outstanding natural beauty in Cornwall at nearly 200 square kilometres. The land itself lies at the comparatively low height of 200 metres, rising to 400 at Rough Tor and 420 metres at Brown Willy (the highest point). It is one of the warmest and wettest uplands in Britain making its landscape both varied and unique. For the most, the moorland is a large expanse of grassland and heather grazed by sheep, cattle and ponies. The level of grazing means the grass moorland maintains a purple moor, while the heather is restricted to limited areas. The different types of moorland...


In the name of progress, we remove trees and vegetation, change how we use land, and keep increasing paved areas. All these not only affect the soil ecology, but also the water balance. Increased urbanization also requires more water to feed the city's population and industry, often requiring deeper and deeper wells to be drilled or water to be moved from even more distant locations. Such problems have escalated over recent years with unprecedented population growth and urbanisation since 1920, resulting in increased human impacts not only on individual species but also on whole ecosystems.

A prime example of the lose and notable decrease of population is insect species, which have a major effect on natures ecosystem. Studies have found that the flying insect's population has plunged by 75% in 25 years in UK rivers alone. Mayflies are a good example as they are very sensitive to pollution and are a good indicator of the quality of our rivers and lakes. The populations of mayfli...


I remember as a child every Autumn as a family we would take a long walk to our favourite chestnut tree in the New Forest to harvest its nuts ready for Christmas. (As some of you know the New Forest is my original stomping ground before I moved to Cornwall to follow a career in art.) It was on one of these faithful walks when my mum pointed out a Red Squirrel high in the branches munching its way through one of the nuts. From that day on I was always looking for their distinct red bushy tails and long pointed ears, they quickly became one of my favourite creatures. Though sadly as I grew the red squirrel became harder and harder to find until they almost disappeared entirely. It has long been thought that there are no longer Red Squirrels in the New Forest but there are still a few breeding pairs deep in the forest, spotted now and again.

It truly saddens my heart to see such beautiful animals drawn to near extinction in the UK due to human intervention introducing the Grey S...


The finished piece 'Twist and Turn' is now available on my website at www.nsltextileart.co.uk/twistandturn where you can also check out more photos and information.


Just added the finishing touches of bubbles and whiskers.


This was unfortunately as far as I got at the gallery, having finished both Otters, but still with plenty more to do.


I slowly but surely worked my way around the Otter...


At this point, I started to embroider the second Otter nipping the first Otter. I just couldn't help myself painting in a few sneaky bubbles as well!


At my artist corner at the Ebenezer Gallery during my solo exhibition, I was able to do some demonstrating of a new Otter piece. I've skipped through the stages of designing and painting and have gone straight to the embroidery of one of the Otters for you to see.


The woodland floor has been carpeted with a sea of bluebells, setting the woodland alight with the glow of purple as the evening begins to set in. A young badger has ventured out of its sett to explore the surrounding woodland, to the Badgers inconvenience it has an itchy spot behind it ear. It sits amongst the bluebells squishing them in the process and has a good itch, ah 'That's The Spot'!
To see more detail of this piece follow the link https://www.nsltextileart.co.uk/thatsthespot

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