Thursday, 21 March 2013


I have just taken delivery of a set of etched steel labels.
I am looking forward to working on these with enamel
                                   to extend my lost Relatives project.
I have most of my shapes etched out at Etched Components in Birmingham, I am very pleased with the results.

Tuesday, 19 March 2013


These enamels are A5 in size.
Still working on the Lost Relatives.
Although this lovely image is of my maternal grandmother and grandfather, so not exactly lost, but what a fabulous holiday snap.

Monday, 18 March 2013


I am working on a set of labels based on The Lost Relatives theme.
But I find myself experimenting more and more with the juxtaposition of text and imagery.
These people, above and below I found tucked away in my fathers photograph album. An album I have known all my life, but I have not come across these relatives until now.
Who are these little girls?
Who is this woman...some relation, but that information is now lost.
The enamels may look quickly put together,
but I spend a great deal of time planning in my sketch books.
This is my teenage mother, who is now in her 90s...but don't worry, she is not lost.

Saturday, 9 March 2013


Yesterday I dropped off a selection of collagraph work to the gallery Forge 2 for an exhibition opening on 30th March.
Debbie McCullough and Chris Wiggins have a gem of a gallery in Culworth, situated a few miles from Banbury on the way to Northampton. In their collection are many well known artist makers and is well worth checking out. for more details.
I will be at the gallery demonstrating collagraph on 25th May.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013


I have been made a New Graduate member of the British Society of Enamel. As part of this award I have received a materials bursary and been featured in their online magazine.
Go to to read the article. Thankyou to Pat Johnson for all her hard work putting the article together and the BSOE for the bursary.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013


I have been experimenting with enamel again while exploring the theme of Lost Relatives.
The label shape gives me a sense of freedom, I feel like I am making samples not pictures.
If one goes wrong I have not wasted a huge amount of time or materials, so I take more risks.
These pieces are all on enamel grade steel using a combination of wet and sifted enamels, digital and screen printed transfers, with bits and bobs sewn on.