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Finale Night:  Thursday 8th December 5-7pm Place your bids by 6pm!

I have been invited to produce some work for the MMU 5.8 x 4.1 Exhibition to help raise funds for the year 3 Embroidery students.  This exhibition has a twist… with artists being asked to anonymously produce a piece of work the size of a postcard.

Bids start at £10 and bidding closes at 6pm this Thursday 8th December 2011.

National and Internationally renowned artists Alice Kettle, Rachel Kelly and Anne Wilson are amongst those who have work up for the exhibition – can you spot their work?

Website: fivepointeightbyfourpointone

On the website you can see all 169 works and place bids.  Or you can visit the Exhibition during the week or on Thursday to find out if you’re the winning bidder!


5.8 x 4.1 Exhibition – Holden Gallery Cafe

Grosvenor Building,  Cavendish Street.  Manchester M15 6BH

Opening Times: Monday – Friday 10am-4.30pm

Finale Night:  Thursday 8th December 5-7pm Place your bids by 6pm!

Hope to see you there

List of Contributors:

Abi Goodman Dot Jo Andrews Naniie Bim
Aferdita Kulla Elaine Willis Jo Budd Naori Priestly
Agron Blakçori Emily Pitts Joan Baxter Natalie Davies
Ajshe Blakçori Emma Louise Minshall Jodie Edwards Ness Donnelly
Alex Russell Faye Metcalf Jodie Heaton Nicola Bayley
Ali Neilly Fazli Blakçori Jordan Hargreaves Noor Kimit
Alice Cole Fiona Josie Hunter Norman Gibson
Alice Colson Fiona Curran Jules Lewis Peg Salaun-Smith
Alison Tribe Freddie Robins Kandy Diamond Penny Leaver Green
Alljan Moehamad Freyia Lillian Porteous Karen Nicol Richard Colson
Amy Tidmarsh Gill Hamill Kati Simpson Roanna Wells
Andy Smith Gill Sharp Katie Robin Stevenson
Angela Knipe Grace DuPrez Katie Lawes Roree Windus
Anglea Stead Hava Nevezi Katy Stoor Rosie James
Anne Jones Hayley Godrey Kazuhito Takadoi Ruth Evans
Anne Wilson Heather MacDonald Kiran Lee Sarah Burgess
Annie Harrison Heather Tribe Lani Irving Sarah Morpeth
Anthony Zinonos Helen Mather Laura Faithfull Sarah Walton
Arja Suddens Isabel Dibden Wright Laura Jane Atkinson Seleena Laverne Daye
Aya Kakeda J Kenworthy Lauren Steeper Silver Shauna
Ayasha Wood J Spedding Lora Avedian Sophie Corfan
B.L.C J Straw Lucy Burbeck Stephanie Estall Knight
Becca Fielding Jackie Lumjetë Havolli Stephen Raw
Benjamin Fletcher Jackie Lynn Setterington Stuart Rees
Besnik Kulla Jane Bonney Maggie Howell Sue Prestbury
Bridget Schilizzi Jane McKeating Mandi Tom Vousden
Burhan Blakçori Janet Haigh Mandy Tolley Vicky Mellor
Caren Garfen Jennie Morris Maria Walker Zarife Kulla
Carol Newman Jenny Mark Beecroft Zoe Utley
Caroline Kirton Jenny Mark Matcham
Chloe Hamill Jenny Bordoli Mary Clark
Claire Lane Jenny Stevenson Matthew Harris
Conall O’Brien Jenny Wightwick Melanie Miller
Courtney Maddison Jessica Killen Michael Brennand Wood
Dione Swift Jim Medway Michele Priswell


Why use text in art?

by Emily Pitts on November 28, 2011

in Love & Lust, Other Things, Provocative, Text Art

I am frequently asked about why I use words in my artworks.

I love language – its construction, its foibles and the complex layers of meaning that can lie within a single phrase or sentence.  In 2000 I did an art foundation course and it was then that I started making work with text – using images with juxtaposed words – investigating the engendering of objects through single words – how meaning, and what people see, change according to words.   At the time it was also a way of creating a more democratic art – outside of the gallery, being able to have a voice within art, but unconstrained by rigid societal norms of the gallery space.  This still holds true to some degree – working with text liberates me, as an artist.  I feel that I can define my own parameters and develop my own conventions.

The way that I work with text and how I develop and create work, revolves around an idea, – perhaps a profound truth or question that is generated by an action or activity or place that I find myself in.  Sometimes the text comes first – the words swim around my head and I re-work them, think about what it is that the words mean and convey, or what they could convey depending on how they are presented.  In this instance, where I have the words, I will search through a whole arsenal of materials and visual representations, sometimes for weeks.  Sometimes I don’t know how to make what I have in my head, so it stews and I have to be patient and wait for the opportunity to present itself to me to finish the idea.

In contrast at other times I can see a material and a light pings on in my head and I think ‘I can say something with that, I can use it and develop some words to say what I mean’ – the two go together: the material and the words.  At other times again, I have a thought and to describe the thought visually I work hard to bring some words to it – more often than not I have to pare down and keep minimising – too many words saying nothing.  Again, the material and the words go together – they sit hand in hand and evolve.

There is a definite bombardment of our visual landscape with text; words instructing us to ‘do this’ and ‘do that’, telling us who we are and what we should be doing – very much instructional.  I think that’s why I prefer pared-down phrases and short sentences – really simple to look at, but belying a complexity under the surface – the saying is that a picture paints a thousand words, but sometimes, a sentence can pose a thousand questions – it just depends what the words are and what they’re make of – they’re a three dimensional thing to me.  Even works like the ‘flat’ laser-cut perspex installations, which I made for the Chorlton Arts Festival earlier this year, have a three dimensional quality that was really important when I was developing the idea and making them – those edges are intrinsic – the colour produced at the edges of the perspex are integral to the reading of the text and the layers of meaning within the installation.

I suppose that the text is so familiar to us that, for me, it’s too good a tool not to use to challenge and re-frame whatever it is that you want to discuss as an artist.

In terms of materials, I like to investigate and make materials look different to how I have seen them before – that’s a challenge in itself – to me and to people looking at it.  I am very regularly asked specifically how I make things and I think in that there is a deeper discussion about pushing boundaries personally.  I run art classes and as we talk about materials and the students see work in the studio it dawns that experimentation is the way to explore, develop and become more enlightened – I think that about life beyond art.

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A few months ago I was contacted to complete an artwork commission to celebrate the wedding anniversary of a couple.  The piece focused on the time and place that the couple met and gave me the opportunity to create a unique marker of not only their wedding anniversary but also their way of meeting.

The anniversary was their second, which is traditionally marked by Cotton.  Taking this material and using the place they met as a guide, I undertook research about the place, the event and the weather, which culminated in the piece you can see below.  The piece is a summation of the weather, the place and the explosion of excitement that ensued from the meeting.  I used significant colours from the wedding to symbolise the importance of this meeting to their anniversary.

Here’s what Phil, the commissioner of the artwork, had to say:

“I contacted Emily ahead of my anniversary in order to get her to create something made from cotton. With very little direction Emily created a wonderful picture on canvass that really summed up the day my wife and I met! To say I was showered in brownie points was an understatement. Excellent work!”

If you would like an individual artwork for someone special, please feel free to contact me for an informal chat: Contact Page.


Neon Artwork Workshop

by Emily Pitts on March 14, 2011

in Latest For Sale, News, Other Things

Last week I attended a 3 day workshop hosted by MMU and ran by Richard Wheater and Julia Bickerstaff.  The workshop produced some wonderful works in neon and has inspired me to purchase a torch to create more neon artworks.  Images below show the develoopment of works through the workshop.  More images to follow of ‘An Honest Box’, the work which I designed and helped create during the workshop.

To find out more about these amazing Neon Workshops go to:  www.neonworkshops.com

Richard’s own work is currently on show and for sale at Manchester Craft and Design Centre until 30th April, so get down there and feel the Neon love.


Craft Fair – 11th December: Nip & Tipple

by Emily Pitts on November 8, 2010

in Other Things

Hello Christmas Shoppers!!  With Christmas coming, I am running a glorious Christmas Craft Fair at the Nip and Tipple in Whalley Range/ Chorlton.  On display will be a range of crafts from some of the best Crafts people in Manchester, washed down with a cup of coffee or even a mug of warming gluhwein!

What’s on sale at the Fair?

  • Hand-made Cards
  • Brooches & Jewellery
  • Hairbands, Accessories & Tiaras
  • Personalised clothing
  • Cushions
  • Pottery
  • Christmas Decorations
  • Children’s Gifts – Baking sets, Pictures, Boys & Girls clothing
  • Monsters!!
  • Crocheted & Knitted goods

Here are some images to whet your whistle…more to follow soon:

I’ve seen the wares of all exhibitors with my own brown eyes and I can vouch for the high quality of all exhibitors – it’s going to be a lovely Fair with something for all wallets – Prices range from £1 to £150.

Where is the Craft Fair?

Nip and Tipple

197 Upper Chorlton Road,

Manchester, M16 0BH

The fair is being held in the relaxed atmosphere of the Nip & Tipple Bar, on Upper Chorlton Rd.  It’s a great place to come and relax with a cup of coffee/ glass of gluhwein, some cake and good company.  If you’re too tired or too busy for the bustle of the Manchester Markets, come down to the Nip and Tipple and enjoy a more relaxed affair:


If you need any more information, please call me on 07870 360213 or email hello@emilypitts.com



by Emily Pitts on October 27, 2010

in Latest For Sale, News, Offers, Other Things

Gorgeous Gift Boxes are here!!!!

For £34.50 you can order a unique artwork as a gift for a loved one, friend or colleague.  These are the perfect small gift for someone who seems to have everything.  They fit perfectly into any contemporary home.  The gallery below offer the current selection of works, so you can go ahead, choose online and pay by credit or debit card through Paypal’s secure payment system.  If you want to see the artworks in person, pop into the studio and you can carry it away with you – all wrapped beautifully and ready to give.

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MEN Article

by Emily Pitts on October 21, 2010

in News, Other Things

Check out the centre pages of today’s Manchester Evening News to see more about the business and how it came about.  The article can be found here if you can’t get to the paper:  MEN Article 21.10.10

Thanks for the great write-up MEN!!

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This new idea – A beautiful artwork wrapped and encased in a luxury box, all ready for giving – will be here very soon.  I’m just adding the finishing touches to designs, but here’s an idea of how it might look…

Watch this space.


The August Bank holiday saw the culmination of Manchester Pride’s celebration of LGBT life – ‘the Big Weekend’.  During the preceding week Manchester City Art Gallery hosted the Pride Art Trail – a whistle-stop tour of a series of selected artworks chosen and interpreted by members of Manchester’s LGBT community specifically for Pride, accompanied by a guide leaflet for gallery visitors.

Having arrived slightly late to the event I skipped through the galleries with the help of alert and accommodating staff who quickly located the group for me to join.  Throughout the hour-long session people in the galleries floated fluidly into and out of the group, lending the event a relaxed and enquiring atmosphere.

The journey through the ages, expertly facilitated by Meg Parnell, Curator of Lifelong Learning at the Manchester Art Gallery, brought up key themes of public perception, legislative developments and the move away from repression to openness for LGBT people, amongst many other topics

The chosen artworks were interpreted in a highly personal way by individuals, which really highlighted the validity of private and intimate readings and acted as encouragement for us to engage in a personal way with art.

Evident from the readings of the artworks were the remarkable changes that have occurred during the last sixty years in particular, changing the face of LGBT life in Manchester forever.  The miscellany of readings explored at the event created a hugely lively and fun experience and, rather than arousing discord, culminated in the broad judgment that art develops multiple layers of interpretation – a palimpsest of LGBT history, which whilst not erasing the previous reading, gathers more meaning through time.  Essentially, however, the event posed more questions than it answered leaving an appetite for more.

Attended by some 25 people, a handful of which were women and the remainder men, the size of the event fostered an atmosphere that valued personal contributions.  What resonated from the start to the end was the absence of a female discourse.  Whether this is due to the lack of pertinent women’s work being held by the gallery or the choices of a male dominated LGBT group, is unclear.  With this set aside, however, the event was highly informative in respect of presenting an incredibly personal evolution of life experiences for GBT men in Manchester.

In counterpoint to the male dominated content of this event, I sought and found respite in  The Curated Place’s ‘The modern Lesbian’, exhibition at 52 Princess Street, supported by local businesses The Sweet Tooth Cupcakery and The Nip and Tipple amongst others.  The exhibition unwrapped some of the multiple identities of women within the LGBT community in Manchester through the graphical visual representation of the paintings, alongside a text description.  The images offer the beginnings of a challenge to conventional stereotypes about LGBT women, who are a series of individual minorities within the overarching LGBT grouping, which is so often overshadowed by male interests.  It was a great concept – to chart individuals and make a personal response from a uniquely female standpoint.

Ultimately however, the presence of the two exhibitions could not have been further apart, with the women’s event taking place in a low profile venue much further from the city centre with discrete footfall and far fewer opportunities for mainstream viewings from the public, indicative of the marginalisation of women in general and expressly lesbian and bisexual women in context of the male dominated gay culture of canal street.  Perhaps a development from this could see interventions at the fantastic People’s History Museum and the City Art Gallery during next year’s Pride to bring LGBT women’s art critique and practise in line with men’s.