Letterpress Fun with Make Ready Studios!

A wonderful day was had earlier this month at Make Ready Studios in Hastings, which is run by designer and letterpress expert Andrew Scrase. It was wonderful to touch the type and to get hands on and inky with it for a change. He has a great selection of wooden type too, which made progress reasonably steady and certainly produced some satisfying results. Pictures of prints to follow once they are dry…

Thank you to Kateland Clarke for taking the photos.


Exhibition at Hove Museum and Art Gallery

I’m delighted to have work in a new exhibition opening at the Hove Museum and Art Gallery near Brighton tonight, along with fellow members of the Fabula Collective. Our work collectively explores visual story telling in many forms. It’s on until 9th May 2017, more information here

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My contribution includes a collection of 7 poems dolls, pictured below, which extend my exploration of female fairy tale characters and visual investigation of dusters.





Life in 30 minutes

I’m delighted to be speaking at the Life in 30 Minutes mini-conference at UCA Epsom tomorrow, and really looking forward to hearing from the other speakers too. Thank you to Sue Perks for inviting me. More on this event afterwards…

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The event also coincides with my Women & Domesticity duster project currently on display at Sussex Coast College in Hastings. In addition to two exam boards it’s proving to be a busy week!




Pechakucha talk at the De La Warr Pavilion now live

I’m delighted to announce that the talk I gave at the De La Warr Pavilion in March on International Women’s Day  is now online and live on the official Pechakucha website! (It cuts off the last sentence unfortunately, where I made the point that the dusters had become more than a cloth kept under the sink – they had become a voice.)


The opportunity to run a workshop, talk and exhibit at the De La Warr Pavilion was fantastic. The feedback has been so encouraging , the collection has grown in response and is already leading onto other exciting things for this project. More info is available on the blog: https://domesticdusters.wordpress.com, but here are a few highlights in pictures:


Star Book Workshop – Phoenix Gallery

It’s been a very busy few weeks, but last weekend I spent a lovely Saturday morning with Sussex Book Arts Collective running a workshop making Star Books. This is a structure I love to make myself, and one which I’ve had included in an exhibition. My version was made from postcards, flyers, maps etc that I collected during a student trip to Amsterdam. (What better way to use the stash I’d collected!) Following a couple of great eBay wins I had a collection of playing cards and old postcards, which were put to great use along with a selection of coloured card and items brought in by participants.

Here are a selection of the wonderful books from the day:

Dorry Smallman:

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Upcoming Workshop and Talk at the De La Warr Pavilion

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve been invited to present my Women & Domesticity project https://domesticdusters.wordpress.com/ during an evening of PechaKucha talks for International Women’s Day on 8th of March at the famous De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. The dusters will be hanging in their usual Pop-Up exhibition style during this event. Tickets are available here: http://www.dlwp.com/event/pechakucha-20×20-night

Prior to this I’m running a workshop to be held on Saturday 6th February so that we can add more dusters to the growing collection. More details here: http://www.dlwp.com/event/women-and-domesticity-stitching-salon 

It’s free to attend this drop in session, I’ll be on hand to help with inspiration, sewing techniques and generally getting people started with stitching a duster. If you’ve already made one, or have one in progress then join us too for some company and a chat.

It would be great to see you at both or either events.