Voodoo Doll Girl

My Work

My First Quilt – Festival of Quilts 2017

As I type this I have no feeling in the tip of my left middle finger. I have decided to dub it ‘quilter’s finger’. It is the result of furiously stitching to finish my first quilt. As you may have already read (here), after years of visiting the Festival of Quilts at the Birmingham NEC with my aunts and pledging to have our projects finished for next year, this year I have finally gotten it together to enter. That does not, however, mean that my quilt is finished …  ...

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Book Review: Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit

Do you sometimes struggle to get into a creative groove? Twyla Tharp’s thoughtful and considered approach to her own practice is presented here in a way that makes it accessible and valuable for any creative endeavours. Here’s my review of The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life. [This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click through and buy the product I will receive a small amount in return at no extra expense to yourself. All opinions, however,  ...

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Congratulations, Stoke-on-Trent – Shortlisted for City of Culture 2021!

Stoke-on-Trent has been shortlisted for City of Culture, 2021! It was with nervous anticipation that I sat waiting for the 10pm special show on BBC Radio Stoke to start on Friday night. Usually at this time the station would be streaming shows from the wider area as their own local programming had finished for the evening. But this was no ordinary day. And Stoke-on-Trent was waiting for a very special announcement. Why the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport) had decided  ...

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The Shire Hall Gallery Closure, Or Why We All Need To Support the Arts

So this weekend saw the closure of an iconic, for me at least, Stafford arts venue, The Shire Hall Gallery. It is a tragedy that the Shire Hall is to close, but before we waste our energy appropriating blame externally perhaps we have to ask ourselves what we personally did to prevent this. I don’t mean this is an accusatory tone, as this is something that with not much soul-searching I can admit to having a deep well of guilt about. For the last six years I have been all-consumed by my  ...

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