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By Heidi Meier, Feb 26 2019 01:12PM


On 16 February 2019, I visited the Art Textiles: Made in Britain ‘Wild’ exhibition at the Minories in Colchester. It runs until 2 March 2019 so if you have time, do stop by.


This is the first time I’ve written up anything to do with local exhibitions and if you are interested, I’ll add some more from time to time!


The theme of the exhibition was ‘Wild’ and whilst ‘Wild’ is the third exhibition from the group Art Textiles: Made in Britain it is the first one they have exhibited at the Minories and indeed in this part of Essex I believe.


The group Art Textiles: Made in Britain was set up in 2012, with a mission to promote British art textiles and to ensure their future; to introduce them to new audiences and to continually stretch the boundaries with new, vibrant work.


Eleven of their members and two guest artists have work on display. There’s plenty of information to read on how each artist has interpreted and worked with the ‘Wild’ theme to produce this collection of varied work. There are many disciplines with the group, represented by painters, embroiderers, collage artists, mixed media artists and quiltmakers.


Here are some of my favourite pieces:




Jessica Grady - produced a body of 'wild to look at' work on 3d sculptural concepts using corals and underwater landscape as some of her inspiration. Gorgeous vibrant work and my ten year old daughter's favourite in the exhibition (which as any parent knows is a pretty tough accolade to earn).


Above work is by Sandra Meech: sketchbook paintings transferred onto cloth with machine stitch; gorgeous colours.



Jenny Rolfe's Ivy Leaves is created using dyed fabrics and free machine quilting, using thread and wire for the tendrils. I love anything to do with ivy, it has to be one of the most under rated plants in the world, but that's another story...




Work by Louise Baldwin initially interpreted the wild theme as being the act of creating wild marks, which then evolved and developed on from other sources of inspiration to the finished artworks on display. Hard to capture the metallic threads by photos so go see them in the real world!


  My personal favourites by Cas Holmes, wild spaces in an increasingly urbanised environment.
My personal favourites by Cas Holmes, wild spaces in an increasingly urbanised environment.



And the Ugly Bugs Ball by Pauline Barnes, hard not to raise a smile at these little critters.


That's just a flavour of what was there, there were many other pieces on display and most work is for sale.


It was interesting for me to see this varied collection, as 2019 is the year I want to broaden my own artistic horizons and incorporate some new techniques within my free motion embroidered artwork.


I really like how this area of Colchester is developing. The town as a whole is starting to undergo a bit of a transformation and whilst progress may be slower than many would prefer, by getting out and supporting events like this, it can only serve to encourage further investment (in both financial and also cultural ways).


So here’s my recommendation for a fab day out:


• Minories exhibition (opens at 10am)

• Shopping opportunity in the gift shop (you can buy some of my cards and my textile keyrings from there… just saying)

• Brief coffee and cake stop at the Minories Garden cafe (nice choice of Tiptree jams, preserves and alcoholic beverages... )

• Short two minute walk to FirstSite to view the current exhibitions; if you have children or grandchildren with you, there are also many interactive activities on (though do check in advance as to what exactly is available at the time you intend to visit)

• Shopping opportunity at First Site gift shop – some fabulous art books in stock there

• Brief coffee and cake stop (or lunch pit stop depending on time) at First Site

• Walk off some of that cake/ lunch in the beautiful grounds of Castle Park, just across the road from the Minories)

• Visit the castle museum too, which recently won a Visit England accolade for the quality of its visitor experience)

• Round off your day with a film at the Curzon, a new intimate cinema which has some seriously comfortable seating!


And most importantly enjoy your day and remember to encourage your friends to visit too! I’m sure you’ll return home enthusiastically armed with new arty inspiration and book your next workshop or start that next project straight away!


For Heidi's workshops - visit www.textiletreasures.co.uk/workshops

For Heidi's online shop - www.folksy.com/shops/heidimeier














By Heidi Meier, Dec 3 2018 01:49PM

The last show of the 2018 season has just taken place so if you'd like to buy any original artworks, giclee prints, greetings cards or gifts, simply head over to my online shop at Folksy.


I only do a small number of shows each year, and in 2019 I will be aiming to secure a spot at the Essex Craft and Design Shows for their May Bank Holiday Show, the RHS Flower Show and the Christmas Gift Fair, all at RHS Hyde Hall in Essex. Other than this, I'll only be at Clare Priory during July.


Hope to see you at one of them in due course!


Photo is of the War Horse sculpture in the grounds of RHS Hyde Hall. A fabulous setting for a fabulous sculpture. Squint and you can just see it on the horizon!






By Heidi Meier, Oct 17 2018 08:15AM

If you love to buy people hand crafted cards, then a visit to Folksy, the online website that is home to thousands of small art and craft businesses in the UK, will soon get you hooked. There really is something for all tastes and occasions.


Most people offer personalisation - you just need to contact the shop owner and ask them.




I specialise in hand crafted cards that are made from combinations of textiles and cardstock, with other embellishments. For those once in a lifetime occasions, I hope my cards give the recipient something that you cannot get form the traditional high street card retailers. They may cost more - although craxzily that's not always the case - (prices range from £2.25 up to £12.95) but when the card can be framed after the Big Day, and becomes a lasting heirloom keepsake, then they are remarkable value for money!


My favourites are my wedding range (although many are just as suitable for a milestone birthday or an anniversary):





Folksy is a great place to shop for something which is truly original, and by shopping there it supports a multitude of artists and crafters up and down the country. My shop address is here - if you register on the site and favourite my shop, you get to see all my new designs too!


There are all sorts of styles to choose from, so to give you a flavour, here are some cards from people I regularly chat with online:


Brenda hand paints her cards and there are a variety of styles in her shop to chose from - this is one of my favourites currently. Click on her name to visit her shop.



Carol has many lovely cards to choose from but it's her parchment cards which I love the best. Click on her name to visit her shop.




Tina is a painter and her cards are beautiful. Very delicate and perfect for framing - how can you find anything like this is your local shop?! Click her name to visit her shop.




And if you love textiles, but there's nothing in my shop which grabs your atention, there are many more people, such as Hannah who creates these beautiful mini masterpieces. Click on her name to visit her shop.





So all in all, Folksy will have the perfect hand crafted card for you! Enjoy browsing and let me know how you get on!!
















By Heidi Meier, Mar 31 2018 03:00AM

From 31 March to 10 June 2018, I will be exhibiting my textile artworks at the Naze Tower, Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze.



I have a sole exhibition on the 5th floor, and you can see around 25-30 of my textile artworks close at hand! These include: The Fox and the Spectacular Moon, Bullfinch and Cherry Blossom and Beach Hut.


The Fox and the Spectacular Moon
The Fox and the Spectacular Moon

Bullfinch with Cherry Blossom


Beach Huts


In fact, if you like the Beach Hut artwork, you can also have a go at making your own textile Beach Hut, at the workshop on 18 May, which promises to be great fun! Book direct at the venue (Naze Centre).


Other artists include David Marshall (paintings), who also has a sole show, and Dave Clarke (photographs), Jane Watson (collage and paintings), Lynette Singers (paintings and prints), Fiona Harman (sculpture), Miranda Boxhall (paintings), The Skiving Scholar (jewellery and photographs) and Louise Pettersson (ceramics, jewellery and Leather masks).


The exhibition runs until 10 June 2018.




By Heidi Meier, Nov 17 2017 11:59AM

I thought you might be interested in a glimpse at my workroom, given it's just been decorated and is now at the very tidiest it will EVER be!!



It's decorated in Farrow & Ball's 'Wimborne White' (Wimborne in Dorset is coincidentally where some of my closest family live!!).


There are still too many boxes around for my liking but once I have disposed of some of my older artworks, I will be paring down the number of boxes and ultimately the idea is to have most of my stores and stocks in cupboards or hidden under the big table.


I do my sewing on a desk, which is actually a Studybed, which folds out to become a double bed when needed.



There's plenty of work room and I am going to resist the temptation to put 'stuff' on there, and keep it to just sewing machine, cotton reels and current project...


I also have a large table where some of my fabric scraps are kept in clear drawers, alongside other stashes such as embelishments, inks, and so on.




I've left a nice clear space on the worktable so that I can cut larger pieces of fabric, or set out projects such as keyring making or card-making. Like most creative people, I tend to work on a number of projects concurrently, which can sometimes lead to a challenging use of space!!


I also have a chest of drawers and a small cupboard, where I store packaging, fabrics, pens, books, sketches, paperwork, tools, trimmings and more fabric!



At some point I will get a hanging rail system, so that I can display some current original artworks on the walls and add a bit of colour. But for now, I can't wait to start on my next project!




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