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If you’d like to find out more about the research I’ve been involved in, follow this link to watch our recent presentation at the National Archives conference:

Seasons greeting to you all!

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Alice and I had a fun weekend together!

Happy holidays!


Yesterday I spent the second of two Saturdays running art workshops for families in Rochdale. The first weekend we made Victorian thaumatropes (basic animation comprised of 2 drawings on either side of a spinning disc) while battling the wind in an open-sided gazebo. The second weekend we made artists’ books in the warmth of Touchstones Museum, while the rain lashed down in torrents outside.

Intrepid families braved the weather to get involved and made some really fantastic work.Thaumatrope picture combinations included a fish and a net, a bee and a flower, a swimmer and the sea and a fish and a unicorn! Topics for books ranged from secret codes to life cycles, diaries and The Great War. Thanks to everyone who took part.

‘Absence and Presence’ is a printmaking response to the bombing of the bookseller’s quarter, Al Mutanabbi Street, in Baghdad on the 5th March 2007. To view the work of many artists (including mine) watch this video of a recent exhibition launch and poetry reading at Exeter Library.

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This week I delivered a paper to members of The British Quilt Study Group at their annual seminar in Manchester. I was delighted to be asked and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Reflecting on the development of my creative practice has been a really thought-provoking experience, allowing me to contextualise previous decisions and influences, as well as considering the road ahead. The full paper will be published in the next BQSG journal or you can download a word version by clicking here.