Urban Sublime

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                                                         Mountains    by Jeff                                         Canyons by Jeff

I am starting to research ‘Urban sublime’ and found this post titled An Urban Sublime on the Blog There Was Always Doubt. The author / artist refers to himself as Jeff. It ties in with my studio practise due to the use of the New York buildings and reference to mountains.  I have been looking at the layering of New York City and I am about to move into research in the Scottish Highlands and Edinburgh, reflecting on how I acquired my fascination with maps and my inability to navigate using a compass.  Click here  to be taken to Jeff’s blog



Image by Jeff

Journey 5 & 6

I explored my journey home from university by leaving a trail of paper on route and documented my progress on film. Journey 6 is the completed edited video, please watch this before Journey 5.

Journey 6 from Alison Stewart on Vimeo.

It describes the cognitive journey to and from University and is a personal perception of a well-worn track of a now intuitive passage. This investigation came about from reading The Psychogeography of Urban Architecture. For more information please view my previous post called Lose Yourself In Melbourne posted 29/10/13.

journey 5 from Alison Stewart on Vimeo.

Credits: I employed the help of fellow student Sophia Alexander-James who filmed my walk. She was amazing. Sophia, even faced with personal injury and public reaction, conducted the film shoot with true professionalism. I also received help in editing: Lana, IT technician from The University of Chichester and my daughter Islay.

Thank you to Sophia, Lana and Islay.


Textile Bursary Group at: The Knit & Stitch Show, Harrogate 2013

The Knit & Stitch Show is on from 21st – 24th November at The Conference Centre in Harrogate. As part of the Textile Bursary Group we are all previous bursary winners of The Textile Society. We have formed a group and are being supported by the society to hold and exhibition each year. The Knit & Stitch Show is our first adventure out with the society.

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Wow we were given an amazing space to hold our exhibition. This was due to our founder member Gwyneth Depport who is an amazing negotiator. As a group we are indebted to Gwyneth for her tireless efforts.


I am exhibiting 5 of my Newsfabric series. I was present at the show on the Thursday and was amazed at the quantity of people passing through our stand.

The show was full of excited visitors. The works were able to come alive for the viewers if the artist / makers were present to talk about their work.

I could not stay for the whole weekend due to family commitments.




$(KGrHqRHJEsFDMRcvUtSBQ1RwydbPg~~60_12I was approached by artist and author Julia Triston. She is in the process of writing her second book with Rachel Lombard. Julia is considering including images of my work in their next book Contemporary Applique. Very exciting as you never know where these things will lead.

How To Be Creative in Textile Art is Triston and Lombard’s 1st book and is published by Batsford Books.


The Knit & Stitch Show, Harrogate.

I am all packet and ready for the Knit And Stitch Show in Harrogate. I have got a space with the Textile Bursary Group (The Textile Society’s Bursary winners.) I am on stand B694 and will be present on Thursday only, however my work will be there until Sunday night. Everyone in the group are really excited to show their work to the general public. Hope to see you there…

Vertigo by Alfrid Hitchcock (Wandering Scene)

This particular scene in Vertigo I have been studying, thinking about psychogeography. Wondering was  present in the Hitchcock thriller. This scene the two main characters Scotty and Madeline discuses their wondering and debate if they were to go together whither that would be classed as wondering or ‘going somewhere’. The scene ends with them driving of together to explore.

Hitchcock, A. (1958) Vertigo Hollywood: Paramount Studios

“Where are you going?” (Scotty)

“I don’t know.” (Madeline)

“Shopping?” (Scotty)

“No.” (Madeline)

Well anywhere in particular?” (Scotty)

“No I just thought I would wonder.” (Madeline)

“That is what I was going to do.” (Scotty)

“Oh yes I forgot it’s your occupation, isn’t it.” (Madeline)

“Well don’t you think it’s a waist for two of us…” (Scotty)

“to wonder separately.” (Madeline)

“Oh but one is a wonderer. Two together are always going somewhere.” (Madeline)

“No I don’t think that is necessarily true.” (Scotty)


Lose Yourself In Melbourne

I read the book ‘The Psychogeography of Urban Architecture. The author Prescott-Steed (2013) core research was the above advert called  Lose yourself in Melbourne  where a woman is seen to be pushing a unravelling ball of wool around the city streets of the Australian City. His research is an in-depth analytical account of psycogeography. He advocates that a distinct feature of the woman’s movements in ‘the city is the extent to which she bears the character of the flaneur (the individual who wanders without purpose).’ (p35)

journey 5 from Alison Stewart on Vimeo.

I decided to try producing my own film in line with my ‘Journey Videos