Goodbye 2013- Recap of the Year

Happy New Year everyone! I don’t know about you, but my 2013 was quite the rollercoaster ride! It’s important to stop, take stock and appreciate your achievements every once in a while so I do hope you’ll indulge my little recap. For me, 2013 was a year that began and ended with exhibitions, I undertook exciting commissions, created regular projects for Crafty Magazine and celebrated Derry the City of Culture in the form of a fabric collection and quilt.

At the start of 2013 these babies were still on show in  Milton Keynes as part of Mr X Stitch’s Hemmed in exhibition:

Rebel Yell Mug shot embroidery by Bridgeen Gillespie

And my new portraits of my female music heroes were exhibited for International Women’s day – Eden Place arts center.

Stitched Album cover portraits  by Bridgeen Gillespiei

I featured on the cover of the UK’s hottest new craft magazine Crafty, and became a regular contributor (featuring in half the issues published so far ! (I think my favourite project might be these dream catchers in back Issue 3.)

Crafty Magazine Cover art and favourite project

My most exciting private commission was for Australian singer Gotye (yes- the ‘Someone that I used to know‘ guy!)

beast and the brave-Bronte Hoop art for Gotye

That’s not all , there were a number of exciting and varied new commissions that followed: including private portraits, a book cover for a novel, a logo for a local Arts charity and illustrations for this handbag sewing pattern .

My biggest project of the year was an exciting Fabric Collection & Quilt celebrating my home town Derry-Londonderry the UK city of Culture 2013-

City of Culture Quilt at Verbal Arts centre

The quilt went on show in the Waterside Theatre, The Derry Visitors and Convention Bureau, and here it is pictured in the Verbal Arts centre.

Crewel Hope- Deanery Basement MAK9 DOTW 2013

More exhibitions followed throughout the year, I participated in Emerge+See, and No Jury No Prize at the London St Gallery, the Anna Cheyne Award exhibition in Lisburn. I exhibited my musician portraits and gave a stitched  card workshop at Forfey Music Festival.  I created Site specific work for MAK9 Draw on the Walls (pictured above) in October, in November I had a table at Thought Bubble Comic con, and in December I showed work simultaneously in Orbital Comics London, The Ghost Gallery Seattle (USA) , and the final show ‘Beyond… What’s possible?’  in the London St Gallery, Derry.

It really has been quite a year, I think 2014 has a tough act to follow! Here’s hoping 2014 is filled with hope and opportunity, peacefulness and prosperity for all of us. I hope you will join me on as I discover what comes next!

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