Dr Mischief PhD cross-stitch sampler

I designed and stitched this sampler during my thesis writing breaks. The pattern of writing for 40 minutes, stitching for 8 minutes, making a fresh cup of coffee or peppermint tea, then starting again went on for months (and months and months and months). On the days where I felt zero thesis-progress was made, IContinue reading “Dr Mischief PhD cross-stitch sampler”

Two Fine Art graduates receive extra ABF Fellowship funding

Emily Hett and Grace Stones were awarded the ABF Fellowships in 2019. The extra six months of funding will enable a return to the University, when it is safe to do so, and continue the studio work that has been interrupted by COVID-19. The Artists’ Benevolent Fund (ABF) Fellowships are worth £10,000 and each Fellow also receives aContinue reading “Two Fine Art graduates receive extra ABF Fellowship funding”

Fine Art graduates encouraged to apply for ABF’s Step Change Fellowship Programme

Applications are now open to 2019 and 2020 graduates of Loughborough’s BA Fine Art degree for two £10,000 Fellowships. A one-year artistic development programme hosted at the University.

One hearty envelope

I knew this piece of paper was en-route. I didn’t anticipate this… Freckled Mischief presents: The Wizard of Oz: “An innovative and original approach with which to engage people in research topics.” Judges panel comment, Engage competition 2016, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. To find out more about the Engage competition, and the phenomenal projectsContinue reading “One hearty envelope”

I didn’t know if I could, so I did #Kofi #crossstitch

Of all the ludicrous thesis side projects I’ve undertaken, this is possibly one of the most joyful. Originally conceived as a present for Dr Valentine, an inspirational and beautiful friend – I didn’t admit I had begun this project until I finished sewing the whiskers. When Mitzy first took Kofi-the-cat on, she was a tyrannicalContinue reading “I didn’t know if I could, so I did #Kofi #crossstitch”

Introducing my clown (I think)

Up until May 2015 the following statement was true. I trained in fine art and I usually know how an image, or project will turn out. I may not be able to (or want to) visualise every detail in advance, but I do usually have a ballpark idea. If the aesthetics are up in theContinue reading “Introducing my clown (I think)”

The Art of #Swearing (#sass, #snark, cross-stitch)

Stitching Snark: The Art of Swearing Slowly Commissions welcome Are you fed up of saccharine bon mots, and bland homilies like Live Laugh Love? If, like me, you don’t want to be pacified by Keep Calm and Carry On and would actually prefer to state the (fucking) obvious. Indeed, if you tell me to Keep Calm, IContinue reading “The Art of #Swearing (#sass, #snark, cross-stitch)”

Sarcastic cross-stitch

This began as a conversation with Rachel, an old friend, confidante, and fellow mischief-maker. She was speaking about someone specific, who was making her life more awkward than necessary. Context here is everything.  The edited conversation went something like this… Me: Ooooh, I could make that for you. [Pause] in cross-stitch. Rach: [Looks blank, andContinue reading “Sarcastic cross-stitch”