May 2, 2018 Kate 2Comment

Such a lovely evening last Thursday, for the preview of Craggs & Fells at Heart Gallery. Sunshine was promised, but never materialised. Which makes it all the more amazing that this lovely and determined lady pitched up at lunchtime to bag her place at the front of the queue. The Heart Gallery Dream Team were ready with the warm welcome and the Prosecco…. Ready for action Mandy and Bart? Others seemed to be a little camera shy on Thursday! Cold outside. Warm and colourful inside. I have to introduce you to my own dream team: My Studio Fairy Nancyann (who…

April 24, 2018 Kate

So, this is what we’re hanging tomorrow, ready for Thursday’s preview at Heart Gallery: I hope you like them… All my pictures are done on watercolour paper in a combination of inks, acrylics, gouache, watercolours, gold thread, 23 carat gold leaf, coloured pencil and sometimes some pastel too, for good measure.  Really I like to use beautiful colours, in whatever pot, tube, bottle or stick they happen to come in!   Break in the Clouds Framed Size:106 x 87cm  –  £ SOLD The Piece Hall Framed Size:106 x 87cm  –  £ SOLD Late Summer Framed Size:87 x 106cm  –  £…

April 16, 2018 Kate 10Comment

It really is – only a week to go. Last night I had my first anxiety dream. Heart Gallery had put my work in the basement, 3 floors below, and the lights weren’t working. I’d forgotten to get changed. Someone gave me a baby to carry that was screaming and in need of a change. I had one a few years ago where, upon going to to the framers to collect my work, found that he’d mounted them all on black sugar-paper, like in GCSE Art… Anyway – lighting, basement steps and screaming babies allowing, Craggs & Fells is a…

February 28, 2018 Kate

I’ve made something new! I like little things. I also love handmade books and origami; so this is all sorts of things I love… These images were inspired by a camping trip in Brittany last year. I spent a lot of time looking up through the branches of trees and did some little watercolours on the beach with Hattie. I began with 4, but kept on adding them as they were such fun to do. Each folding book is made up of 8 giclée printed panels on heavy watercolour paper. The front cover has a gilded block signature, and a…

February 26, 2018 Kate 9Comment

A couple of Saturdays ago I started the weekend in a very black mood. A combination of another wet, cold weekend, without light in the valley, and probably some squabbling children. I took myself out of the house and found this little ‘Observers Book of Birds Eggs’ in an antiques shop. Those little range of books are so lovely; i remember them from when I was small. It gave me a little idea. The nest is one I found in the courtyard last year; blown down from the ivy on the old mill chimney. It’s full of turquoise fibres and…

January 16, 2018 Kate 3Comment

The last week of the Christmas holiday was grim and grey, but the forecast for the last weekend looked suddenly bright and cold. We all bundled in the car to the East coast in search of some Whitby air to blow the Christmas cobwebs away. I always think that the last minute trips are the best kind. No expectation. No plans. Everything is a bonus. I love winter light on the sea. That spectacular cloud is a hail storm heading in our direction… After a night in the youth hostel (where the kids were thrilled because they ALL got a…

December 6, 2017 Kate 8Comment

At this time of year the studio is busy with orders from customers and galleries. Which is lovely! I love to be busy. But yesterday I skived… My last exhibition in my home town of Hebden Bridge was in Spring of 2015, and my next one will open at Heart Gallery on April 26th 2018. It’s called ‘Craggs & Fells’ and is all to be beautiful, local pieces… In a busy house where everyone likes to talk at once, I sometimes run just to be still. Through the bogs and Bracken, in the sunshine and the snow, I’ll play out…

October 4, 2017 Kate 3Comment

I love notebooks. I’ve always loved them, and my girls have inherited my obsession. If we go to the wonderful bookshop at Saltaire, Hattie will circle the stand with the beautiful notebooks, picking each one up, and putting it down before spending several weeks pocket money on something tiny and exquisite that’s too precious to write in! This weekend I went to Edinburgh to begin to learn how to make my own. Rachel Hazell does the most amazing courses, taking people on adventures to Iona or Paris to create bookish works of art. My course was just about learning structures….

June 18, 2017 Kate 2Comment

Fairly safe in the knowledge that my Dad doesn’t ‘do’ social media, and therefore is unlikely to ever see this, I though I’d tell you a bit about my Dad. He’s not a playing football, rough and tumble kind of Dad. He never was. He had a book lined study, one where we were expected to knock on the door before we entered. To be in trouble with Dad was to really be in trouble, though he rarely raised his voice. His disapproval was quite enough. Dad was teacher where I went to school and friends were all a little…

May 16, 2017 Kate 1Comment

Surprisingly calm actually. The last paintings are done and now with the framer. I’m delivering the work to the gallery tomorrow, and the exhibition opens on Saturday morning at 10am. I’m stitching prints today. The children are all in school, and my lovely Mum is in the kitchen making soup. I’m sure things aren’t usually this calm with only four days to go. This is the Kilburn White Horse. I finished it at the weekend: The Kilburn White Horse I love White horses. My Granny lived near the Westbury White Horse in Wiltshire and I remember clambering across – even…