Author Archives: Sam

Collage therapy

I have been creating a collage most days over the past few weeks following on from a difficult time for my family. While recently waiting for important news that would make a big difference to our lives, I made a decision to be creative every day that I possibly could for the foreseeable future. It is a way of forcing myself to be ‘in the moment’ rather than dwelling on worries or anticipating what may be and it is for me a great way of developing new ideas and possibilities in my work.

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A sketch a day…


I have bought myself a new sketchbook from a very talented local bookbinder Heather Dewick. My plan is to do a 30 minute drawing or painting in it everyday until it is full. Then I shall have to buy another sketchbook from Heather and continue until the end of the year!

Last minute rush!

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As always it seems I am racing about trying to get things ready in time for Saturday and the start of for Open Up Sheffield. I have a wall of prints in various stages of completion. Lampshades and covered sketchbooks are nearly ready and my studio is semi-tidy. It always comes together in the end!

I will be donating 10% of any sales from Open Up to the Nepal Earthquake Appeal.


Over winter, work on our allotment

IMG_4301 I took this picture for the brief few minutes that the sun shone last Sunday. Before long it was hailing and we packed up pretty quickly, glad of the progress we had made adding more mulch to the path. ‘Little and often’ has become our motto. The photos below show the work we have done over the winter months from early November ’til now. It really is starting to feel as if we are winning and a few more brief(ish) stints should mean that most of the plot is under control before the weeds try to return with the warmer weather.

Emily Sutton Workshop at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

After several weeks of workshops and printing for fairs it was lovely to be on the receiving end of tuition last Saturday. I had a really pleasant day on Emily Sutton’s workshop at YSP, firstly mono-printing leaves onto calico and then carefully stuffing and embroidering an Emily Sutton Song Thrush in it’s nest. The setting for the workshop was absolutely beautiful being in the Hayloft Studio which is away from the main part of YSP in the parkland amongst the trees. It was a sunny Autumn day and it brought back fond memories being there, as I studied for my MA in Arts Education in this very setting almost ten years ago.

I have been a big fan of Emily Sutton’s work for several years and I was really excited to be on her workshop. Emily comes across as chatty, confident and sincere and it was really interesting to meet her. I felt a little shy when I asked her if she would sign her book ‘Clara Button’ which belongs to my daughter (who is also a big fan) but she was delighted to do it and has written a message complete with a hat drawing in the most beautiful handwriting ever. I have yet to go and see the exhibition but as soon as I get the chance I will be there!

Here are some photos of the Song Thrush in progress.

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I think the bird in it’s nest will look beautiful as a table decoration at Christmas. I still have some leaves to cut out and embroider which will be a fun thing to do in front of the fire on these cold winter evenings.

‘Creative Whirling Dervish’

I was described as a ‘Creative Whirling Dervish’ by a friend on Facebook, hence the title. It does seem to describe me rather well at the moment! Below are a few photos from the last two weeks and I haven’t included any from the whistle stop tour of Scotland over half term. Basically it’s been all go! Major digging work is on going at the allotment (photos are ‘before’ photos, I forgot to take after photos but  I will endeavour to remember this weekend). There have been two workshops, a bit of fancy dress costume making and lots of printing in between.

Anyway, I’ll be at the following Fairs over the next few weeks;

Sheffield Print Fair Saturday November 15th

Kelham Island Victorian Christmas Market Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th November

St Marys Makers Fair Saturday December 6th.

I’m really looking forward to all of them! I also have another Christmas Card printing workshop on Tuesday December 9th and there are still some spaces available for this.

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Behind the scenes

I’ve been very busy doing lots of photographing and writing about my work recently. I’ve also had greetings cards, mugs, etc to design and order. What I really want to do is get back into my studio to begin PRINTING! Anyway, all in good time. In the mean time here are some photos of some items soon to be for sale on line, at fairs and in various shops.tree-cards hillsborough-terraces hillsboroughcards