After I'd completed my City & Guilds Creative Design course, I became a member of The Small Group, based in Harrogate. I was a member for 20 years - from 1991 to 2011.
During this time we exhibited our work throughout the north of England:
I am now a member of three different exhibiting groups and find regular meetings with members of each both stimulating and nurturing
Look at my
Past Exhibitions and
pages for more details
I have been a member of the Embroiderers' Guild since 1995
when I became a founder member and first chairman of the Durham City branch.
I was Chairman of the North East Region of the Guild for 5 years from 2013 until 2018 after several years as Vice Chairman.
Independent Stitch Groups
With the withdrawal of the Guild's support for branches a number of Independent Stitch Groups were formed and I am pleased to be a member of both
Take A Stitch 2 Durham, and
Wearside Creative Stitchers as well as being on the committee of the Association of Northern Stitch Groups
In 2001 I became a founder member of the FUSION group of textile artists based around County Durham. This was always a larger group - over 12 members - and has featured an away weekend in the autumn of each year to indulge in developing design techniques with highly respected tutors. The rest of the year involves regular get togethers for support, mentoring and constructive criticism.
FUSION has exhibited at the Hancock Museum (as it was then) in Newcastle, the DLI in Durham,
Hartlepool Art Gallery,
Farfield Mill in Sedbergh,
Gallery 45 in Felton, Northumberland Gateshead Library
Bailiffgate Museum & Gallery in Alnwick
and the Knitting & Stitching Show at
Ally Pally and Harrogate
In 2010 after my work had become more 'mixed media' I joined Interface Arts, and have been privileged to exhibit with a group of artists which includes painters, photographers, printers, ceramicists, felt-makers, and j makers of jewellry and fused glass items.
The group has taken over empty shops, as well as exhibiting in
the Cafe on the Green,
the Nine Altars coffee shop, Spennymoor Town Hall, and the Oriental Museum in Durham
In 2017 we exhibited under the title 'First Class' at 'Locomotion', the Railway Museum in Shildon and 'Elements' in 2021.