Studio Sanctuary

My studio is located five steps across the courtyard from the barn where we live, with views across open countryside, the North Downs and Leith Hill.  It's a long, thin space (12x3m) with 3 worktables and a wet area at one end.  This shot shows 'In the Fullness of Time 4' in the process of being hand stitched.  Being in the studio is a joy; I'm surrounded by images and items that give me pleasure. It's quiet (unless I'm playing music) and I can lose myself in the work.  The cat often joins me, curling up in his felt nest to sleep - which is better than having him walk over the piece I'm stitching, or flopping down on it to be stroked!

Through the slit windows, the view across the field changes constantly according to the time of year, the time of day and the light; a never-ending source of contemplation and inspiration.  In the summer the wildflower meadow is in full bloom and as the flowers die back, birds come to feast; noisy groups of Goldfinches love the Common Knapweed.  In winter, flocks of Redwings arrive for a well-earned rest from their migration, and forage the field for seeds.  Sometimes the North Downs disappear behind low clouds, as if a veil has been pulled over them. The 'long view' is something I love, but can be a distraction as it's easy to become lost in contemplation; nothing is static, just like my hands.

Hepworth Whitworth Another Place

Claire Higgott, Susie, Claudia and Daline had a fabulous 3 day trip North to visit the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield that won the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award where the Kettles Yard collection was on temporary display alongside Barbara Hepworth's work, then we drove over the stunning Peak District Moors to visit the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester and see the beautiful new extension that was shortlisted for the architectural Stirling Prize.   The following day we spent watching Anthony Gormley's figures emerge from the ebbing tide at his 'Another Place' installation on an almost empty Crosby beach with a backdrop windmills out at sea, the Liverpool docks and the Welsh Mountains in the distance.  A trip with plenty of inspiration and all in fabulous sunshine!


Thread connections ….

If you are reading this you have arrived at ViewSeven’s shiny new website. We hope you like it though it goes without saying that websites are never finished and this one will evolve over time as we tinker with it.

Who are we? We are seven artist makers connected by threads. Over the years we have variously been each other’s student, tutor, mentor or colleague but always friends and since 2013 we have also been an exhibiting group called ViewSeven.

Our specific interests vary widely but the common thread – pun absolutely intended - has been, and continues to be, all things textile. We hope you will explore the new gallery pages which offer a taster of our individual work with links to our personal websites and some sneaky peaks at our studios which are as varied as our work.

Our blog will develop wider themes and explore many of the threads that draw us together like a visit to an exhibition or retreat but also individual stories and sketchbooks.