It's been a busy few months for me, both in terms of making, my career and my personal life - so I haven't had much time to update socials. Firstly, I got married, which is super lovely and very time consuming! I also left my job at The Hepworth after nearly 4 years to go and work with the management team at Site Gallery in Sheffield. Working close to home is so nice after the years of commuting and it's really exciting to have a bit more responsibility and standing within a gallery setting. This is my first time in a management position and I'm hoping it will open up quite a few new avenues for me over the next few years. The last show I worked at THW (which is still on) was the stunning Sheila Hicks - if you do have a chance to go see it I'd really recommend. It's a bright, vibrant, textural exploration of colour and fabric. It is immensely tactile, so I had to be very self restrained over the past few months... I can't seem to get any images to load right now, but there are lots online (and if I remember I'll try again later).
Another exciting thing has been that I'm currently working with The University of Sheffield English department on a big commission, based around the works of the 1500s author, Thomas Nashe. I'm illustrating the personifications of the sins as he describes them in his work Pierce Penniless. It's a really dense text and definitely a challenging brief but I'm getting into it now and feeling excited to see how they'll develop. The deadline is the end of August so I'll be working very hard to get them all completed and unlikely to do many other projects....
Except of course, the pigeons! The crochet pigeons have gone down an absolute storm and I'm so thrilled to be in such high demand. These days, if I have a spare second I'm immediately making a new pigeon head or stuffing a wing. I recently took a few new colour ways to the Birds Yard shop I sell at, so we'll have to see if they prove equally popular.