'The 'desire paths' that occur in Jenny Steele's work are not only her own, but also those of travellers that crossed the sea. Connecting and dividing Steele's work in the UK and the USA is the North Atlantic Ocean. Sea motifs and references to ocean liners contribute to the texture of seaside moderne design and act like co-ordinates in an international constellation. Her project has the potential to expand to new geographical territories and further into a post-colonial past.' ****
For the Transatantic Seaside Moderne book, Linda Pittwood, wrote a thoughtful essay on my work, Traversing the Radials of Cultures Webs, which is now available to read on my website - link to the page in bio.
Pictured: Not so Nautical a Divide, digital print on pvc banners on metal balustrade, 81cm x 56 metres, Morecambe promenade.
I'm looking back through images of the fascinating textile printing blocks I viewed at Armley Mills Industrial Museum in Leeds this summer for a piece of writing I'm working on. The majority of their very extensive collection in the archive is from @steadmcalpin in Carlisle, still a very large sucessful company. This hand cut wood block is from a set of four which make up one pattern, circa 1917.
We're well into December and I'm feeling festive! 🌲 From now until Friday midnight, I'm offering free postage on all items ordered, just use code STAMPS4FREE at the checkout and also, 10% off all prints and scarves, just enter the code STEELEBALLS at the summary checkout. I still have 4 copies of my Transatlantic Seaside Moderne book left - don't miss out if you wanted one! Link to shop in bio 👆👆
This wee non festive treat arrived in the post this weekend. I had forgotten I had contacted its author/maker @ruth.beale about it - thanks so much for sending it through. Resourcefulness is a quality I greatly admire in people, the ability to think around situations, to work with what you have or your current means, rather than wishing you had more or your reality was different, or being constricted by 'the norm'. The beautifully designed publication by Beale 'Is a tool for embracing commoning as an alternative worldview, developing a sense of freedom and resilience, and learning practical skills for reclaiming and repurposing everyday resources.' @weareprimary
I love it when you come across an artists work who you find interesting for the first time. Pictured is one of Italian Giorgio Griffa's painting onto textiles, I know... I am probably late to the party. I like that he displays his work with the folded creases in them.
I was delighted to be commissioned by @theroyalstandard_ to make an edition of scarves responding to their current location in Cains Brewery complex, which is an interesting mixture of Victorian, post industrial and industrial. I made an edition of 9 slim scarves, 8cm x 150cm, to be worn around the neck loose or wrapped cravate style or in a bow. My drawings are digitally printed onto Crepe de Chine and hand washable. They will be available at their annual fundraiser event this Friday evening 6pm onwards.
My grandfather was the lighthouse keeper on Little Cumbrae Island in the 1950- 60's. My mother, uncle and grandmother lived on the tiny island with him, and my mother had to travel to school on the boat, some of the time staying on the mainland Monday-Friday. I can't imagine living in such a remote location. The lighthouse was built by Thomas Smith in 1793, and has been unused since 1997. The island was bought privately in 2009, and is now a yoga and meditation centre.
So excited to watch the Turner Prize tonight to see who the overall winner selected is. Good luck @lubainapics Hope it is a wonderful night. 🙌🍀 9.30pm on @bbcnews channel. Pictured is Navigation Charts exhibition @spikeisland in Jan 2017
"The sea air and bathing together were nearly infallible … Nobody could catch a cold by the sea, nobody wanted appetite, nobody wanted spirits, nobody wanted strength. They were healing, relaxing, fortifying and bracing, seemingly just as was wanted, sometimes one, sometimes the other. If the sea breeze failed, the sea bath was the certain corrective; and where bathing disagreed, the sea breeze alone was evidently designed by nature for the cure." Jane Austen, Sandition, 1817 (her last unfinished novel). ****
If you missed This Building for Hope exhibition at The Midland, you can read about my work and research for the show in a short essay I wrote now available on my website (link in bio) - 'Seaside Resilience/Revival'. The essay is also included in the Transatlantic Seaside Moderne Book launched at the symposium held to coincide with this show (only a few copies left, but available on my online shop).
Pictured: Not so Nautical a Divide, digital print on PVC banners, 81cm x 56cm, October 2017
Had a lovely afternoon today @carbootymcr on #smallbusinesssaturday meeting & sharing my editions and prints with new faces! Thanks to everyone who bought work, I'm always so grateful, and to Charlie and Liz for arranging the lovely festive event. If you missed it but are still interested in an item- I have prints and textiles in my online shop link in bio.
Great visit to the Cains Brewery complex this afternoon for some research. The complex @theroyalstandard_ studios are located within is very impressive indeed. Great working conditions in winter- a log burner in the centre of the warehouse ! 👌🔥