A blast from the past...

Let me take you back to summer 2010… I had just finished my degree and been selected to exhibit at New Designers.  After an emotional time waving goodbye to my course and house mates, who I had spent the past 3 years with, I pulled together my last few pennies and headed to London for the New Designers exhibition. For those who are not familiar, New Designers is a three-day event at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London which showcases the work of graduates from all around the country. During this event I was approached by a couple who were interested in buying some of my work. As a new graduate you can imagine the excitement this brings – somebody wants to invest in you!!! Chivvied on by my course mates I dubiously walked over to talk to the couple. We chatted for a while and they ended up purchasing some of my work. This is a moment I don't think I will ever forget - my first sale. 

Fast forward four and a half years to January 2015, I was contacted by this same lady. The message read: 'Still love the two yellow fabric and concrete blocks we bought from you....they are proudly hung in our house.' It is always great to get positive feedback from clients, it gives you a real sense of pride; but this was that extra bit special. It reminded me of the journey I have been on since selling that first piece all those years ago; how the work has evolved and my practice continues to flourish.

I created a second piece for the couple that now hangs alongside the original in their home.

Happy clients, happy artist!  

Early work in situ in couples home

Latest commission piece 

Interlace launches!

"Interlace is a collaborative partnership between textile artists Bethany Walker & Ruth Singer. Interlace creates colourful and surprising installations formed of concrete bowls set with delicate textiles."

 

5 installations, 150 hand-crafted bowls and an endless amount of beautifully embroidered petals - Interlace launched at Bilston Craft Gallery last month.

This collaborative project started just over a year ago and has been a great experience from beginning to end. When we installed the work we took a step back to admire and felt a real sense of pride. 

There has been a great response to this collection of work from visitors and people following the journey online – so don’t miss out! The exhibition closes next Saturday (18th April) so there’s still a week to see it if you haven’t already, but HURRY! 

For more information:

www.interlacetextile.com

www.facebook.com/InterlaceCollaboration  

                          Spectrum (detail)

                          Spectrum (detail)

                             Big Ochre

                             Big Ochre

         Myself and Ruth at our launch event

         Myself and Ruth at our launch event

                     Spectrum 

                     Spectrum 

                 Mixed Ring

                 Mixed Ring

Goodbye 2014 and HELL0 2015!!!

I am kicking off 2015 with my first ever blog post. I have wanted to start a blog for some time but found the prospect rather daunting; but hey it’s a new year and a new courageous me, time to bite the bullet and do things that are out of my comfort zones.


The end of a year provides the opportunity to reflect on the 12 months that have past - the highs, the lows, our successes and things that didn't go as we had planned. In doing so it allows us to forge new aspirations and set new goals for the forthcoming year.

Last year was a combination of highs and lows – a bad show at the beginning of the year knocked my confidence and it took some time to build it back. During this 'down' time I doubted what and where I was going with my practice and questioned ‘is it really worth it?’ It was then that somebody reminded me that 'Business success is all about not giving up.' So, I have waved goodbye to 2014 and am more focused than ever for 2015 – bring it on! This year I am launching new collections, showcasing a collaborative project, and aiming towards that big public art commission - all really exciting things!  


I’m not normally one for New Year’s resolutions but one thing I plan to do this year is celebrate my successes no matter how BIG or small.  I am massively guilty of dwelling on the negatives rather than celebrating the successes, but that is all set to change! I have brought myself a nice little scrapbook and plan to put all the things which have been successful this year; photographs, newspaper/magazine clippings, lovely comments people have made about my work, personal achievements. At the end of 2015 I can look back over it and be proud of all I have achieved.

Lastly, I would like to thank everybody who has supported my creative practice over the last year, whether it is a ‘like’ or a retweet; a comment or conversation; purchasing a piece of my work or offering a word of encouragement. It is all greatly appreciated and has helped me grow as an artist.


I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a happy new year, may it be filled with sunshine, laughter and blessings. I hope 2015 is a fantastic year for you and that you exceed all your expectations.

Ready & raring to go! 2015;  bring it on! 

Ready & raring to go! 2015;  bring it on! 

Collection of work created in 2014

Collection of work created in 2014

New samples for 2015 

New samples for 2015