pink cabbage gallery

Exhibition Update



We opened our Z Twist exhibition at the Pink Cabbage Gallery in Stroud on Saturday 31st May. It was a great relief to finally see the work in situ’ and the long wall I used, created exactly the right effect. It was amazing to see how each of us had used a dominant grey  and even though our work was very different, the greys created a strong connection between us, which really seemed to pull the whole exhibition together.




Opening day

Opening day


'Revolutions 1 & 2'

‘Revolutions 1 & 2’



The following is from my information panel at the exhibition:

” Z Twist has meant a Stroud residency for Lucy, an area and town previously unknown to her and therefore an exciting opportunity for a new voyage of discovery. She quickly ascertained Stroud’s rich woollen heritage and began experimenting with methods of felting starting with locally sourced fleeces. Her industry partner WSP, who manufacture high quality billiard table and tennis ball cloth, have been a key influence in her work for Z Twist. Through guided visits to their mills at Cam and Stroud and supplying the materials for the project, Lucy says “their support has been brilliant”. As a way of expressing her merging ideas she has created an experimental group of objects related to a theme based around the idea of cogs, wheels, war and industry. The theme has been developed through making observations, collecting information about the woollen industry in Stroud and Somerset, and investigation into the processes and methods of felting. The forms she has created are characteristically organic and careful use has been of the strong colours from her industry partner.”

'Archive 1 &2'

‘Archive 1 &2’




ZTwist Exhibition Now Open


Our exhibition at the Pink Cabbage Gallery, Stroud is now open.

Here’s a glimpse of the final work I have on show and snippets from my statement to give you all the full round up……

After viewing many historic textile collections early in the Z Twist residency, Debbie’s attention was drawn to traditional samplers and their verses. By removing these verses from their traditional framework and presenting them in a contemporary way, these historic words can be perceived in a new light. A select few feature in her horse hair embroideries for their witty nuances regarding time……..







Staple mended ceramics is an art of inventive repair at its best. This porcelain collection is inspired by the aesthetics of this traditional repair technique, combining horsehair, metal and ceramic to achieve unusual marks and beautiful imperfections. Still work in progress yet they can also be referred to as samplers. Traditionally, young girls completed embroidery and darning samplers to learn the basics of forming letters, needlework and mending textiles. Debbie may not have created samplers in the traditional sense yet she have created them for the same reason; to teach herself new skills










If you can’t make the exhibition in Stroud, the full show will be travelling to Taunton in July.

You can find us in the Genesis Centre at Somerset College from the 11th-18th July

If this all tickles your fancy, why not attend The Make, Create, Cultivate Symposium on the 12th & 13th July…



(photos by Zac Mead)


Visible Mending

Since returning from Ghent I have been spending a lot of time in the Ceramic Dept doing lots more experiments with Slip & Dip. As you have seen in my previous posts, my research for this project centres around mending. So I taken it upon myself to create visible mends in porcelain, which is proving not such an easy task, due to my limited knowledge of the material.

My experimentations involves horsehair fabric, wire and porcelain slip. Below are some examples of the flat  porcelain pieces showing various stitching, mending and darning techniques. I love how the wire oxidises; the contrast against the white porcelain is beautiful.

Flat Slip & Dip Porcelain Sampling with wire

Flat Slip & Dip Porcelain Sampling with wire

Some other sampling included imprinting the porcelain with the fabric. I poured slip directly on the fabric to achieve this result

Horsehair fabric imprint

Horsehair fabric imprint

These samples got me thinking about taking this into 3D. If can imprint the clay in flat pieces, could I not make a stitched fabric mould  to form a 3d shape.

Stitched horsehair fabric moulds

Stitched horsehair fabric moulds

My hope was the fabric would burn away in the kiln, leaving an imprint of the fabric on the outside and the wire stitch marks in place. You can see the results, below right….unfortunately they cracked. Why?? I’m not quite sure, maybe they were too thin…maybe the clay stuck to the mould so when it shrank it cracked.  I was however impressed with my flat works and and the stitch marks so this is something I will continue to play with.

visible mending in porcelain

visible mending in porcelain

I had a meeting with Anna at John Boyd last week. During which I showed her my progress so far which she seemed impressed by but her one criticism was that I was not showing the horsehair to it’s full potential. Totally understandable as I am just burning it away; I could in fact be using any fabric to make the work. Straight away my head was in problem solving mode….what other materials could I use where a kiln is not required? How could I use the horsehair differently? My solution…..Concrete!

Concrete & horsehair bowl

Concrete & horsehair bowl

Aswell as inlaying the concrete with horsehair,  I have also been looking at ways to creating visible mending  and stitching in bowls, see below

Visible Stitching in Bowls

Visible Stitching in Bowls

I would like to find a way to stitch and inlay; more experimenting is necessary.

With not much time left on the residency, I have started to think about our final show at the Pink Cabbage Gallery in Stroud from the 31th May-13th June, more details here. I have  been doing a lot of experimenting, and it’s time to start thinking about a final piece. How can I bring all these experiments together? What route am I going to take? Investigation time is up…it’s time to produce.