I'm delighted to announce that my latest piece, 'Medusae Miscellanea', was selected from over 1000 entries to join the Coventry Open 2023 exhibition held at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum in Coventry.
The Coventry Open celebrates the quality and diversity of art being produced in Coventry and the wider West Midlands region - and the work is truly diverse, from mixed media sculpture and video to oil painting, drawing and photography. And now, traditional counted thread embroidery!
It's the first time I've entered a fine art exhibition so this is a fantastic demonstration of how a very functional piece of embroidery, made using traditional techniques, is a work of art in its own right.
Medusae Miscellanea is on show at the Herbert until 21 May 2023 so do go along to see her - entrance is free and the cafe does very tasty food. You can also satisfy your inner child: Dippy the Diplodocus is currently on loan to the Herbert from the Natural History Museum in London, and who doesn't love a dinosaur?
P.S. Medusa now has a starring role in Warwickshire World, our regional newspaper!
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Thank you so much for your lovely comment – I’m delighted you enjoyed my SFSNAD presentation. I had a lovely time chatting to you all about my own personal form of insanity!
And thank you too for sharing the story of your own sampler designs – they sound wonderful and a real labour of love. I remember the days of mapping out designs with graph paper, my first designs had all hand-drawn charts and they took forever to draft…I became very adept at using white-out…
Hello Bethany. I have just finished watching your wonderful presentation on zoom with the San Francisco needlework video. I thoroughly enjoyed it and you are so talented. I was thrilled to have the opportunity because I have designed samplers for my children. I’m a total amateur and this was my one and only zoom experience and couldn’t believe I was able to work it out. I’m 80 and totally non technical. I designed my sampler by taping graph paper together and drawing the motifs and borders on graph paper and taping them on the master huge sheet. I used my husband’s pool table as my desk. My first one was the first time using linen ( hated Aida back then in 1990). I discovered The Scarlett Letter and bought a yard. Novice me, I thought I had to make the sampler that large! It was a wedding sampler and I included the story of my son’s and daughter-in-law’s life. There are several needlework shows here in Virginia and I entered it. It took top honors to my surprise. I had no idea it was that remarkable. Well, to make a long story short, they divorced and the sampler lived in my attic for years until my adult granddaughter has it since they are her parents. I designed another for my daughter, same story! Their daughter has it. I’m now working on designing one for another son and daughter-in-law. They have been married for thirty-three years. Do you think it’s safe? Thank you for having such a refreshing story and I hope I haven’t bored you to tears. Now I plan to devour your web site.
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