Monday, 29 August 2016

'The Pearl' Commission

'The Pearl' is a short novel by John Steinbeck. 
This work, created from the novel, was commissioned by a husband to his wife to mark 
their 30th 'Pearl' Wedding Anniversary. 


Friday, 26 August 2016

Plum Lines Commission - Commemorating the Women of WW1

I've recently been commissioned by the National Trust to commemorate the work of women in World War 1.
: Jam-making
: Pershore Plums
My brief is to create an art installation at a National Trust property in the West Midlands, based on the poems of local people, which reflect upon the roles of female relatives during WW1. 
My research took me to Pershore in Worcestershire, in search of its famous Pershore Plums.
I timed my visit perfectly (by chance), as now is the time when the Pershore Plums are ripe on the tree. If I had left it a day or two longer, the fruit would have expired.  
My journey to Worcester took me to Clive's Fruit Farm, to pick the purple Pershore variety, and to Worcester Country Park to pick yellow variety of Pershore plums from a wild orchard. 

Plum Orchards in Worcestershire

 Purple Pershore Plum

Yellow Pershore Plum
 The recipe
An old Kilner Jar from early 1900's 
Perhsore Plum Jam
Drying out the stones 
I'm collecting all of the stones from the plums for my installation. With the fruit, I made plum jam.
I've never made jam before, but I followed the simple recipe (above), similarly to how women would have made jam at the start of the 20th Century. 

24 hrs later, the jam has set
(Chief Taster) Miki has given the jam the thumbs up!

The exhibition will open 19th November at Croome Court in Worcestershire.
For more details, visit

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Places available for my next workshop at Charleston House

My V&A workshop has now sold out, but places are still available for my next workshop at Charleston House in Lewes in November

Book your place here

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Charming Tudor House in Hastings

I've posted about this house in Hastings before. 

It was the inspiration for the house in my piece 'Once upon a Time' (below)

I've taken photographs of the outside of the house and posted them on here previously, but today, as part of 'Hastings Old Town Carnival Week', we got to see the candle-lit interior, as it was open to the public for one day only.
This Tudor house on three levels was originally built in the 16th Century, and was recently renovated by Alistair Hendy, (who also owns a a quirky home-ware shop in Hastings)
 'AJ Hendry'
and who was conscious to restore the traditional Tudor interior, while furnishing the rooms with more modern objects to create a cosy, livable space. 

the rustic kitchen

outside lavatory (below)

I love these old tiles!

back door leads to the kitchen

the upstairs bathroom (with lead lined bath)

there's even an en-suite bathroom in the master bedroom!