Gathered Memories

"textile installation at Theatre Royal, Winchester"

Textile installation at the Theatre Royal, Winchester

Gathered Memories is a textile installation of tea dyed silk and gold thread illustrating the concept of memories, showing how these twist and turn through life.  Inspired by an original idea by Elizabeth Saunders and commissioned by the Theatre Royal Winchester, this larger and more ambitious work brought together five artists and is the culmination of three months’ work.

Elizabeth was joined by Jeryl Church, Lisa Earley, Consuelo Simpson, Ann Smith and talented young students from Peter Symonds College to complete the piece.  The team met every Wednesday and worked on the installation in the atrium of the Theatre Royal, Winchester  where it now hangs.

While many artists routinely collaborate in their working lives (musicians, actors, dancers), this is less common in the visual arts.  The artists working on the Gathered Memories installation all enjoyed the collaborative and social aspects of the project.  The opportunity to share the development of the piece with fellow artists, from tea dyeing the fabrics on a wet and windy winter’s day

"tea dyeing fabric"

Ann Louise Smith and Consuelo Simpson getting the colour just right!

through the stitching phase and the trepidation of the assembly and installation was a rare and much appreciated pleasure.

The participating artists have all produced work on the theme of memory for this exhibition and this work is also on show in the Theatre Royal, Winchester.  The exhibition runs until 31 May 2013.

Lynette Long

Hampshire based artist Lynette Long has an interest in depicting the human form. She has a large family which she uses to draw inspiration from. Working intuitively without a preconceived idea of the end result, Lynette lets the medium she is working with help to evolve the piece – this keeps her work fresh and original.

"free machine embroidery"

“Not Far Now” is currently on display in the neuf exhibition at Hanger Farm

Hanger Farm Artist’s Reception

Great party at our Artist’s Reception evening yesterday at Hanger Farm.  A lovely venue, full of character, with extremely helpful technicians who made the hanging process almost pain free, and our evening guests were very complimentary about the exhibition.  It is on until 27 April so please do go along if you are in the area.  A taster of what you will see can be found below.

"neuf exhibition at Hanger Farm"

One of the gorgeous walls of the Hanger Farm barn

Hanger Farm Exhibition 3rd to 27th April

Following on from a cold and snowy four days at the Birmingham NEC last weekend, the group are now busy getting their work together for our Hanger Farm exhibition which starts next week.  As a taster of what to expect, here is a piece of work from Nicky Blake taken at the  recent ICHF show.

Captivated by the outstanding beauty of the Solent coastline and ancient woodlands of the New Forest, Nicky is constantly thrilled and challenged to create Art that reflects her passion for our natural world.

Since completing the Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles in 2012, Nicky is now studying for a Diploma in Stained Glass and Fusing Glass Techniques at the Creative Glass Guild in Bristol.

"embroidered birds and leaves"

Embroidered panel by Nicky Blake

ICHF show at the NEC 21st to 24th March

Day 2 of the ICHF is now over but with two more days left to go, there is plenty of time left for you to come and visit us at Stand N18.  Here is a taster of what to expect.

"neuf exhibition at the ICHF NEC 2013"

One corner of our exhibition on the Eastleigh College stand. There is plenty more to see so do come and visit us.

Hanger Farm exhibition

We are very excited to be exhibiting at Hanger Farm during April.  This arts centre is based in Totton in Southampton within a unique Grade II listed 18th century converted barn and is Totton College’s performing arts facility and professional community arts venue.

"details of neuf exhibition at Hanger Farm"

Looking forward to seeing you there!

“Moving into the light” with Elizabeth Randall

“To encapsulate the idea of moving on from the graduate show, the underlying concept of this series of work is growth and the generation of new ideas. The machine embroidery is based on personal designs created with graphics software and translated into unique pieces in digital stitch, often with added hand embroidery and embellishment.”   Elizabeth Randall

"machine embroidery"

Machine embroidery with hand embellishment

Celia Darbyshire is “Moving On”



“After I graduated, I knew I wanted to move away from the mixed media work I did for my degree show, and back to my first love, hand stitch. I played around with several ideas, but I had no clear sense of direction, and nothing really spoke to me. After 4 years of City and Guilds and 3 years of the degree, when I was working to deadlines, making pieces and using techniques more or less prescribed by the course, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

I came across an on-line course, ‘An Embroiderer’s Ledger’ by Karen Ruane, and without really knowing what I was letting myself in for, I signed up for it. It was an eye opener.

Karen showed us how to move from an image which inspired us to our own individual work, through  drawing, painting, stitch and collage. In the process, which is great fun, you produce a ledger which is a thing of beauty in its own right, and an endless source of inspiration.

By this stage I was beginning to think about ‘Moving On’, our display at the NEC. I had been taking photos of traffic with the idea of using them in some way, but using Karen’s techniques on a manipulated photo of cars produced a motif of repeated arrowheads. This image had a definite sense of direction, but arrows can go in all directions, just like my ideas. I decided to make a book which reflected the journey from my mixed media work, through chaos, to some sort of resolution.  I chose a piece of clashing hand-dyed fabric for the backing and set to work, using colours found in the fabric.

Part way through, I was playing around with a photo of the mixed media page, ran it through an iPad app called Decim8 – and the arrows popped up again from nowhere. It was obviously meant to be!”

"woven arrows"

Celia Darbyshire’s “Moving On”

Sue Fish is Stitching Streets

Since completing her Foundation Degree, Sue Fish has been exploring street maps for inspiration  ~  particularly medieval street patterns within walled towns such as Chichester in Sussex, and Mdina in Malta.  She enlarges the street map  and develops the pattern with free machine embroidery.

Sue is still attending Eastleigh College for Contemporary Textile workshops and Red Hot Press in Southampton for printing sessions.

"embroidered map of chichester"

free machine embroidery

Eastleigh College Awards Evening

Neuf are proud to announce that at the Eastleigh College Annual Awards Ceremony yesterday they were awarded THE STUDENT TEAM OF THE YEAR for demonstrating excellent team working and spirit and contributed to the promotion of the College and the values it holds.  Further congratulations go to Katrina Hansford for winning the FdA student of the Year.  Well done everyone!

"embroidery on paper"

Embroidery on paper