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For me, art isn’t just for the wall or the mantelpiece. Each of my works has a tale to tell, a question to ask or a pleasure to share. Some of the tales celebrate aspects of life that have brought me happiness; others are darker and demand change.

A Stitch in Time?

As I was darning and embellishing this birch bark, I kept noticing more and more holes.  The more I stitched, the more I found.  Which made me think about the plight of our planet. Every scientific study is finding more problems caused by humanity from the warming of oceans, to species extinction to plastic pollution. …

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Flood Warning

Barra, Arwen, Evert, Christoph, Francis, Bella, Aden; these are just some of the storms that have caused millions of pounds worth of damage to property, severe disruption to businesses, destruction of wildlife habitat not to mention loss of life in the last three years.

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Desirable Curiosity?

The majority of female statues that I see are in formal gardens and they’re semi-naked.  All long hair, alabaster bosoms and pert bottoms.

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Ash Arboretum

Ash dieback is here and forecast to kill 80% of our trees by slowly blocking its water systems until it dies.

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Burnt at the Stake

I don’t want to be part of a culture that is frozen in the past. I want to be part of a developing world, in which we can all thrive. Clinging to outdated ideas, or the status quo will only hinder all our progress

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Hothouse Flower

A hothouse flower isn’t hardy enough to grow under natural conditions. It has to be pampered and nurtured in a protected environment. Fine if you’re a flower, but do you really want a high maintenance princess as a partner?

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Gallery of lost treasures

Why do people pick up lost objects and arrange them on nearby railings, trees or benches? Is it a futile effort, or random act of kindness?

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Becoming the Invisible Woman

I had hoped the notion that I would don tweed skirts and a shapeless jumper on hitting 50 were a thing of the past, but no, according to this company this was my aspirational future.

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Taken for granted

What was once regarded as a high art form practiced by both men and women since ancient times was demoted to a “feminine craft” that was at best a characteristic of an attractive and thrifty wife. 

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Pretty Useless

Why is fragility so valued in women? Is it simply that helpless dependence makes men feel stronger and more powerful, reinforcing their role as leaders and providers in society?

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Hidden Connections

In normal times we push our way onto the tubes and buses, compete for jobs and school places without even talking to our neighbours or fellow travellers.

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Golden Bough

In ancient times Aeneas hung the golden bough over an arched door and went through to the Elysian Fields, the abode of those who led just and useful lives.  Perhaps that’s where all key workers will end up.

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Burnt at the Stake

I don’t want to be part of a culture that is frozen in the past. I want to be part of a developing world, in which we can all thrive. Clinging to outdated ideas, or the status quo will only hinder all our progress

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Ugly Duckling

A phoenix from the ashes of despair. An ugly duckling that became a swan. What is initially unappealing and unpromising has the potential to become beautiful and admirable in maturity. There is hope for us all.

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Mirror Mirror

Why is it that women have such a difficult time accepting aging? Sure, in ancient times our life opportunities could be determined by looks and child bearing capabilities; but those times are long gone and yet society still seems unable to value women over the age of 40.

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She Persisted

Research shows that women who want to succeed are told that they need to consciously monitor themselves to balance assertion with enough caring/nurturing behaviours so they don’t upset the way in which others are used to seeing the world working. How much longer do we need to hide our strength behind a soft outer shell to be accepted and recognised for what we can contribute?

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Mountain Stream

I’ve always loved water. I have childhood memories of outdoor unheated pools and my long suffering father forced to accompany me to keep me safe. Recollections of rushing into the Irish Sea every day on holiday and emerging blue, shivering and covered in goose bumps to then hide behind a windbreak and chafe heat back into my limbs.

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So much more to give

What are we doing in reading Rapunzel to our sons and daughters? A girl who was so conditioned to focus on her looks that she fails to realise that she could use her own hair to abseil down the tower and escape to freedom. So much for realistic life expectations and good role models.

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Asking for it?

Stay on the path and don’t talk to strangers is the advice from little Red Riding Hood’s mother as she sends her off on another elder care errand, a little basket of cakes dangling from her arm.

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