Wednesday, 9 September 2015

'STRUCTURE' (Exhibition by Contemporary Textile Group 'Eleven')

Coming next year an exhibition curated by myself and Bella Leonnard at Neo:gallery Bolton exhibiting work by the Contemporary Textile Group 'ELEVEN".    MORE news coming soon.

Friday, 31 July 2015

New Work for Southport Flower Show Allotment Exhibition

'Bird's Nest'  Machine Stitched Bird's Nest Construction by Susan Syddall

It is ages since I last posted anything…   Been busy creating but will try to post more regularly.

The last few months I have been working on a couple of projects for exhibitions one of which is for an exhibition in conjunction with four other artists and a photography.  We are each approaching the subject of allotments in our own different ways.  

I have been visiting local allotments, taking photographs, speaking to allotment holders and will be holding workshops on site with my fellow collaborator Jennifer Whittle from Breightmet Longarm Quilting Studio.  We are proposing to create an art quilt for the main exhibition which will be held next year.

I became inspired by a birds nest found in an old greenhouse and have become obsessed by creating them on paper with machine stitch.

'Birds Nest'  Machine Stitched detail by Susan Syddall

'Birds Nest' Machine Stitched structure by Susan Syddall

'Birds Nest' Machine Stitched detail by Susan Syddall

We will be exhibiting some of our work at the Southport Flower Show who have an area promoting Allotments.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Neoartists Gallery: 27 - work in progress

New Neo:27 Gallery

Exciting news for 2015 for Neoartists.  We are moving to a larger space for the Gallery.  This is a photograph from yesterday when we were working on getting it ready to paint.  The space is large and exciting.  

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Designer Crafts at the Mall 2015 - The Twenty Five Exhibit

I am excited to be exhibiting again at The Mall Galleries London.

It is the 25th anniversary of the Society of Designer Craftsmen exhibiting at The Mall and they have asked for pieces of work 25cm x 25cm to commerate the occasion.   I have produced a solar print which I have stitched into.

Thursday, 13 November 2014


"Lifeline" Solar plate etching with copper and stitch

This is a print I created by solar plate etching made from a photograph my son took.  I was quite moved by these photographs he was at school at the time and took them on his mobile phone (see below).   I was intrigued with the idea of the lifeline in the hand and the faded dried rose.   I added copper and machine stitch to the image.

Hand and Rose Photograph

In the second image he has drawn lines and tattoos which were quite thought provoking to me giving an image of scaring and lifeline.  

Tattooed Hand

I may do more work with these images.  It makes me think that tattoos show a  partial insight into a persons life history just as wear and tear and old age does.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

William's Wish Book Illustration

This summer along with the workshops,  and print work I have been illustrating a children's book "Willliam's Wish".   It has been incredibly hard work but I have thoroughly enjoyed it.  The characters were originally puppets created by children using socks so the machine stitch interpretations worked well with the theme.  It is not quite finished but I thought you might like a sneak review.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Machine Stitch on Paper

Recently I met Bridie the owner of a new wool shop in Horwich, called Fine Yarns, we got chatting and I am doing a workshop there on Machine Stitch on Paper.

The workshop will be held Fine Yars, 99 Lee Lane, Horwich on Saturday 19th July, 2014 12 p.m - 3 p.m.  The cost is fifteen pounds and includes refreshments and materials.  An easy going workshop suitable for beginnings, you will learn how to free-machine stitch on paper and use brush watercolour paint to produce lovely designs.

To book a place please call in to Fine Yarns or ring 07866 328645.