Exhibition now on

By the banks of the river Lea is now up and running at the House Mill Gallery. The river has been occupying my brain for over 8 months now and it is a relief to have the project finished and the work on show.

It will be here until the 11th May. Come and have look.



back to the river


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I grew up in a family that delights in a good place name, my grandfather was always tickled (amongst many otherĀ things) by the village of Ugley in Essex (and in particular the Ugley WI). I’ve collected a few of my favourites along the River Lea.

Waulads Bank, Capability Green, Luton Hoo, Cold Harbour, Batford, The Osiers, Mackerye End, The Folly, Ayot Montfichet, Flint Bridge, Kit’s Stockings, Grotto Wood, Cowshed Corner, Manifold Ditch, Slipways, Rye Meads, Glen Faba, Dobb’s Weir, Spitalbrook, Holyfield Marsh, Thistley Marsh, Horse Mill Stream, Freezy Water, Gun Powder Park, Brimsdown, Eton Manor, Old Ford, Pudding Mill Lane, Mill Meads, Limehouse.

invitation to an exhibition


Have been sending mass emails today inviting everyone I can think of to my show which opens on Thursday 1st May – come and join us for a glass of wine.

official invite below…

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By the banks of the River Lea

2nd May – 11th May

private view 1st May 6pm – 8.30pm

11am – 4pm every day
(closed Monday May 5th and Tuesday May 6th)

The House Mill Gallery
Three Mill Lane
London E3 3DU

(nearest tube Bromley-by-Bow)

An exhibition of woven textiles

Over the Autumn of 2013 weaver Ali Holloway walked the length of the River Lea from its source in Bedfordshire to where it eventually joins the River Thames at Limehouse. Documenting her experience with photographs, drawings and a blog she has used the medium of woven cloth to recall the colours, textures, moods and rhythm of the walk.

A journey lends itself to the process of weaving, in this mechanical act the progress of a thread can be followed as it traverses the warp on the loom, back and forth, under and over, slowly revealing a bigger picture.

This river walk is a discovery of forgotten corners and an attempt to find mystery in the terrain of the familiar.