I became fascinated with Spurn Head – a narrow spit of land located at the mouth of the River Humber – some years ago after a workshop with textile artist, Alice Fox, who had a residency there. She had produced a couple of books about it, and showed me examples of her rusting work.

I didn’t know it then, but I was to become hooked.


On this page I’ll collect all the work (which appears on other pages) that I’ve done around this incredible, evocative, soul scratching piece of land.

Spurn, Flotsam – was inspired by the fate of the brig Emma which foundered in 1893 on the Binks (sandbanks) with the loss of all hands.  This piece takes the form of a stitch hanging with suspended “floating” fragments (shown below). 71 x 120 x 27 cms.
Spurn collage, 121 x 108 cms, mixed media

The deeper I researched the more I became captured by the dramatic effect of natural forces on the vulnerable Humberside coastline at Spurn Head. The power of the elements has overcome sea defences causing erosion, coastal movement, and displacing the once thriving community from this unstable, impermanent headland. This book is my response; it has been shortlisted for the 252nd Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London (postponed from Summer to Autumn, hopefully).

Spurn; a textile book, mixed media and stitch. Full description is here

Whilst researching this work I became deeply affected by the story of the loss of the Brig Emma just off Spurn in a gale in November 1893, and was able to access the research done by his great granddaughter, Meg Hartford. I made this small book to keep everything together.

I am working on a piece for the Textiles2020 exhibition (postponed from July to December). Rather than carry my large sketchbook around with me, I made this small notebook (I’m also a bookmaker) and filled it with ideas. There are a couple of pages still free at the back for me to continue to add samples. It works perfectly.

People Along the Sand: a piano hinge book, printed on Japanese washi paper; cartridge spine with map of Spurn Head and names of some of the people featured in the book. It shows the some of the people who once lived on Spurn, and tells a little of their lives.

Tall flag book
Spurn: large collage with stitch, mixed media, image transfer, acrylic
Spurn Groynes III; watercolour on paper
Spurn Groynes IV; watercolour on paper
Spurn Groynes V; watercolour on paper
The old lighthouse tower at Spurn; oil on canvas
Spurn I ; two colour etching with aquatint, sugar lift and spit bite; EV 2/20
Spurn lighthouse; three colour woodcut; 1/5
Spurn Groynes II; lithograph; 2/14. Two days to create this! Also printed on fabric.