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Workshops

Workshops

My one and two day Printmaking and Machine Embroidery workshops are proving popular. Last weekend's participants produced some great work, and got to eat a lot of cake too! Find out more at https://www.craftcourses.com/categories?query=ruth+blackford&search=yes...

NEW WORK

NEW WORK

The lovely people at the lovely Wych Elm pub in North Kingston asked me to create a visual map for them, showing the pub in relation to local landmarks. Here's the finished piece. See more maps here

CELEBRANT STORIES

CELEBRANT STORIES

For the last year, having undergone training with the Fellowship of Independent Celebrants, I have been working as a celebrant creating and delivering ceremonies for momentous occasions in people's lives, such as weddings, vow renewals and funerals. I love the work -...

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOPS

I've been enjoying teaching some Printmaking and Machine Embroidery workshops in my garden studio in the last few months. As you can see below, participants have produced some great work. If you'd like information on the courses, please visit:...

ONE BIG POST

ONE BIG POST

It's been a busy few months, so busy I've not had time to keep this blog updated. So here's ONE BIG POST summarizing what I've been up to.....keep scrolling down to view it all. I was commissioned to create the book covers for Canbury Press's 2 new titles - Brainology...

KINGSTON CHARACTERS EXHIBITION is nearly here

KINGSTON CHARACTERS EXHIBITION is nearly here

I've had a productive but fun-filled year creating stitched portraits for commissions and for the forthcoming Kingston Characters exhibition at The Rose Theatre in Kingston.  The exhibition consists of around 40 portraits of some of Kingston's colourful characters. ...

KAOS – KINGSTON ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS IS HERE AGAIN

KAOS – KINGSTON ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS IS HERE AGAIN

This year Kingston will be seeing over 100 artists, designers and makers open up their studios to the general public on the weekends of 10th/11th and 17th/18th June.  Come along to see a range of original art and design work including drawing, painting, printmaking,...

STITCHED PORTRAITS

STITCHED PORTRAITS

I've been using textile techniques to create a set of portraits of friends and local characters.  They range in size, from A2 (42 x 59cm) to A1 (59 x 84cm) and use applique, free machining and hand embroidery.

CANBURY ARMS WORK IN SITU

CANBURY ARMS WORK IN SITU

Work based on life at The Canbury Arms gastropub finally goes up in their garden room.  The Canbury Arms, Canbury Park Road, Kingston, KT2 6LQ                              ...

THE CANBURY ARMS ILLUSTRATIONS

THE CANBURY ARMS ILLUSTRATIONS

I've been busy creating a set of images that capture life at The Canbury Arms gastropub in Kingston.  The illustrations are printed at A1 scale (60 x 84cm) and will be displayed at the pub on Canbury Park Road, KT2 6LQ, in July for 3 months.  Thanks go to all the...

FEELING NOSTALGIC

FEELING NOSTALGIC

I've been enjoying experimenting with combinations of old photos of me and my family with my mother's textile designs of the 1950's in the backgrounds.

KINGSTON ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS 2015

KINGSTON ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS 2015

On 6th/7th and 13th/14th June, me and a bunch of other artists and designers will be opening our studios to the public for this year's Kingston Artists Open Studios.  I'll be showing a range of collograph and digital prints, and some textiles stuff too. All welcome....

A-Z ILLUSTRATIONS

A-Z ILLUSTRATIONS

I've been working on a set of children's A - Z illustrations that I hope to get published.  Here's a sample. View the complete alphabet here

GOING POTTY

GOING POTTY

I've spent the last month going a bit potty, that is, being inspired by my friend's collection of one-off ceramics.  A newly acquired printing press in the studio has led to a range of collagraph prints on both paper and fabric... View more pots here

KINGSTON STONES

KINGSTON STONES

A combination of two of my favourite places in Kingston - stones found by the River Thames and fabrics found in the John Lewis fabric department!

NEW WORK FOR KINGSTON OPEN STUDIOS 2014

NEW WORK FOR KINGSTON OPEN STUDIOS 2014

There's nothing like a deadline to get the work banged out so what with the Kingston Open Studios event starting this weekend, at 11am on Saturday 7th June, I've spent the last few days working on some new illustrations.  The set is called 'Childsplay' and is based on...