To commemorate the Battle of Gallipoli, a battle of huge significance for the people of Hawick, in collaboration with Hawick Museum, I was asked to make two hangings with each of two groups of students at Hawick High School.
I was selected to take part in Saltaire Festival as part of the Open Gardens Sculpture Trail. For an Alice in Wonderland -themed Garden I created the White Rabbit woven in white willow and clothed with a felt waistcoat made from the fleece of our Shetland Sheep.
What a privilege - I had my own marquee at the Glendale Show and spent the day demonstrating, working on my Willow Foal. He proved very popular!
It was a great experience to hold my first felt workshop here, at the studio at Biteabout. The space is just fantastic!
My article about Cuthbert's cloak has been published!
Cuthbert's relics will now go on exhibition in September 2017, so the cloak and other commissioned artworks will be exhibited soon after this.
My biggest felt commission to date was completed at the end of last year. The felt cloak was designed to be worn for story telling and reflects the life and legacy of an important local figure. It is richly decorated with imagery from the wildlife of Lindisfarne, images from the Lindisfarne Gospels and also from the silks that were placed in the coffin after his death.
Before it was delivered I was able to have some photographs taken of me wearing it at and above Cuthbert's Cave.
It will be exhibited alongside Cuthbert's treasures when they are exhibited later this year in the newly developed areas of Durham Cathedral.