My Visible Mending Exhibition has arrived by post at Bridport Arts Centre in Dorset and is displayed in the foyer as part of the ‘Mending Revealed Show’

Three of the amazing exhibiting artists , Jacy, Louise and Jenni, took part in my artist sharing project ‘From Lincolnshire and Back’ – Jacy Wall, Louise Baker and Jenni Dutton

See more of Jacy’s work here and

Louise’s work here

Jenni’s work here



photo credit Jacy Wall


Contributing artists’ work has been packaged up and is on the way to Chris Reader in Stoke on Trent.  Chris has recently taken over a space in the town called Majestic Studios which will host the exhibition


Pinterest board updated with exhibition photos (scroll down for more info)


The exhibition is on it’s way back from Canterbury and will then be posted on to Bridport Arts Centre to be exhibited from 1-19 March 2016


The Visible Mending Exhibition is on it’s travels again; it’s been posted off to UCA Canterbury to be part of a student’s research project, see Jodie’s blog for updates


photo credit Jodie Searle

The VME has then been invited to be part of the Nature of Mending show Mending Revealed at Bridport Arts Centre in March 2016 by curator Jacy Wall

In 2014 the VME completed a UK tour travelling from Lincolnshire to as far as Co. Sligo and the Isle of Lewis and many towns in between…’s a link to it’s stop off in Surrey

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Visibly Mended Greenhouse!….

I’m tempted by the opportunity to darn and mend with colour and texture to highlight damage rather than try to camouflage the scar (see more on my Visible Mending Exhibition tour below).   My newly erected second hand greenhouse has seen life a little – a few panes of glass are missing and some aren’t quite complete.  What a ideal opportunity to darn the gaps!

My friend Gillian Wing at Strawberry Glass was happy to oblige for this first pane and what a beauty it is, just love the way it distorts what’s seen through it and the reflection thrown onto the paving.

There are several damaged panes left to darn to complete my colour filled hot house.

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glass 3 glass 1



An exhibition at Moulton Windmill from 4-18 December showing completed work from an artist sharing project. Contributing artists from Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cheshire, Nottinghamshire, Staffordshire, Edinburgh, Somerset, Derbyshire, Northumberland, Yorkshire, Isle of Lewis.

Please support the artists by viewing their work. Windmill is open THURS-SUN 10-4 and has free parking and onsite cafe

Please share with your networks, thank you.

FLAB flyer 2


Following the success of my Visible Mending Project, I wanted to continue connecting with the artists who got involved in the project and the idea of an accessible gallery of work by post that could be exhibited anywhere; but also extend the range of art form, artist and audience member.

So, From Lincolnshire and back will develop from a small group of Lincolnshire artists who will create unfinished work which will be posted off to a willing artist recipient elsewhere to finish. The recipient artist will also send off unfinished work of their own to the Lincolnshire artist. So backwards and forwards it goes with other artists brought into the pairing as they emerge……but always From Lincolnshire and back.

When the project has reached a natural end, the work will be exhibited in Lincolnshire and then toured to each participating artist to host an exhibition in their own town.

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Each artist is also creating a ‘snippet’ of their art practice by filling a line of pockets with miniature workpocketFollow the project on Facebook here

and Pinterest here


My allotment shed and summer studio was recently broken into; I had to patch it up a bit and replace the broken windows with old chicken wire that I had in my stock of  ’materials I will need at some point’.   So it was repaired, but the scars were visible.   It had been darned!

So an obvious theme for the project was visible mending and as it toured around, there would be an exhibition of the ever increasing work at various venues.

The idea was to alter a postcard in some way….tear a small hole, scratch the surface etc and then repair it with your chosen darning method.   And as it’s a postcard, why not write a message; it’s good to get mail, to make new contacts and to create work to share.

A map accompanied the postcards on their postal journey being added to at each place it landed.

vis mend map

As with most creative initiatives, this one has gone on it’s own journey and touched many people along the way. It’s been exhibited in rurally isolated venues – diverse in size and location – town centres and arts venues.  It’s been taken to individual homes, enjoyed in groups, written about and blogged.  It’s regenerated empty spaces and inspired new work to begin. But most of all, it’s brought people together, as an audience and as makers adding to the exhibition and stimulating forgotten memories.

So far the exhibition has toured by post to:

Lincolnshire: an empty shop, an artist studio venue, the National Centre for Craft and Design, a community allotment and ‘drop in’ workshop space

Northampton: a community allotment ‘The Green Patch’ and community group session

Northumberland: for work with older people and those suffering isolation

Surrey: the Jo Aylwin Textile Studio in Farnham

Ireland: an allotment polytunnel in County Sligo

Scotland: a reused boathouse in Stornoway, Isle of Harris and an old chapel in Ness Isle of Harris

Lincolnshire: exhibited during a training day for Arts and Dementia

The Visible Mending exhibition will be available from Jan 2015 if you would like it posted to your venue.  Please email

Visitor comments from the Visible Mending Exhibition at The Boathouse, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis:

‘Very impressed with the exhibition. Will try out some of the ideas for ourselves. Thanks for a fascinating display’.
John and Muriel, Isle of Lewis
‘A lovely idea bringing people together and healing souls’.
Lisbeth Dunne, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
‘Such a variety of ideas – wonderful’.
Muriel and Richard Blowers, Isle of Lewis
‘Delightful! Especially the ‘double rainbows!’
Pam Sinclair, Isle of Lewis
‘Original and fascinating – makes one want to start stitching’.
Frances Macleod, Maryhill, Isle of Lewis
‘Lovely! Great work’.
Ruth MacDougall, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis
‘Love the themes going on here and the hidden stitches!’
Marge Matheson, Upper Shader, Isle of Lewis
‘I really enjoyed darning my postcard of Callanish by candlelight at the wee chapel here in Ness! A stitch in time really does work as a meditative contemplation by slowing the thought process down, a stitch at a time – stitchery magic in the moment!’
Sofi-Ona Hamer, artist, Isle of Lewis