Working in the Studio

Work on the large Canvey Island map started in May. I have been working in the studio since then stitching the piece mostly by hand.

The marshlands around the edges of the island create beautiful lacey patterns. I am now working on the seed stitched area of Chapman Sands which is a slow task.

7th May - View Point

6th May - People and Places

23rd & 30th April - Mapping Canvey - Now and in the future

29th April - Icons from the coast

Fairhaven Hospice, Chalkwell
Workshop with day palliative care patients

28th April - The Salt Marshes

Lubbins Park School
Workshop with Reception and Year 1 pupils exploring the salt marsh plants that live on Canvey Island.

28th April - Storytelling

Chapman Lighthouse

Lubbins Park Junior School
Storytelling workshop with Year 2& 3 Pupils

The Flood

"She woke up in the night and lay in bed wondering why she had woken. Looked around and saw reflection on the floor, of a light or the moon, don't know what. Was really puzzled - had the mirror fallen on the floor somehow? Just could not think what it was, so put her legs over the side of the bed, to get out and look. Straight into cold water, just inches below her bedclothes. A shock! ... I was very intrigued to think she had been rowed down the garden path instead of walking down it!

Taken from an account by Audrey Lewis of her grandmother's experience of the 1953 flood.

24th April - Memory Maps

Northwick Park Junior School
Workshop with Year 5 pupils

15th April - Postcards from the Coast

Fairhaven Hospice, Chalkwell
Workshop with day palliative care patients

8th April 2009

6th April 2009 - The Rendezvous Club

The Rendezvous Club meets once a month to explore Canvey Island

Issued by the Met Office at 5.05am on Sunday 5th April

Humber, Thames, Dover Wight, Portland.

Variable 3 becoming Southeast 4. Mainly fair. Fog patches for a time in Wight and Portland. Moderate or good occasionally very poor in Wight and Portland.

The Sheldon Tapstries

Inner landscapes

'Each one of us should make a surveyor's map of his lost fields and meadows. In this way we cover the universe with drawings we have lived. These drawings need not be exact. But they need to be written according to the shapes of our inner landscapes.'
Gaston Bachelard

from The Wild Places by Robert Macfarlane

2nd April 2009

The studio

Issued by the Met Office on 2nd April

Humber, Thames, Dover Wight
Northeast becoming variable 3 or 4 occasionally 5 at first. Slight fog banks, mainly Humber and Thames. Moderate occasionally very poor.

1st April 2009

The Lake