Posted on Leave a comment

Cut From the Same Cloth – Julie and Alice Fayle at The Sayle Gallery


The Sayle Gallery
1 – 3 Harris Promenade

10 am – 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday 
1.30 pm – 4.30pm Sunday


In this joint exhibition, the work of both artists demonstrates an exploration of a non-traditional, imaginative and ethereal use of cloth. The work of mother and daughter displays similarities through the extraordinary qualities of fragility it captures, however, both artists employ very different techniques and subject matter. Perhaps one would expect some similarities between artists of such a close familial relationship but the individual differences of personality displayed through the work is maybe more interesting.

After studying art at the Isle of Man College, Alice went on to graduate in printed fashion design BA at Ravensbourne University. She then worked for several years in the fashion industry in London, designing fabrics for a range of high-end brands. Julie also studied at Isle of Man College before the Julia Caprara Hons BA in Embroidered Textiles at Middlesex University. She has also exhibited in Redchurch Street Gallery, the Mall Galleries and the Knitting and Stitching Show.

Alice takes her inspiration for fabric design from nature, often directly through the use of illustration or photography. The resulting images are then developed using computer software and are finally screen-printed or digitally printed onto cloth. The cloth is then worked-into using different processes to create the desired finish and product. Her recent work is more illustrative and is beginning to be produced on a wider range of compositions.

Julie’s work accelerates the ageing process of cloth to create a sense of history, mystery and beauty. It highlights the passing of time and hints at untold stories which may be held within the fibers. Fragments of worn cloth hold memories and have an emotional presence. Delicate, ethereal surfaces on Julie’s sculptural forms, suggest connections to garments of the past and to specific times and use the special closeness of hand-stitching.

Alice and Julie will be running two workshops at the Sayle Gallery over the weekend of the Isle of Man Art Festival, 29th – 30th April. On Saturday there will be a wearable art workshop for children and families and on Sunday a fashion/clothes design workshop for young people. Cost 5 pounds per person. Further details and booking available from the Sayle Gallery on 674557.

‘Cut from the Same Cloth’ is presented with support from the Isle of Man Arts Council.







Posted on Leave a comment

Isle of Man Art News – 9 January 2017


The News is kindly Supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.


This week I was both delighted and somewhat daunted to be asked to be one of the judges of the Hodgson Loom open art competition. I was determined to do a good job so I went along with some criteria with which to determine my choices – and was very glad indeed that I did as I think I would have been completely overwhelmed otherwise. There are 102 entries across several categories and it took me some hours to complete the task. I had a chat to Julia Smyth, curator at the Gallery, after judging and you can hear the recording here on Soundcloud.

It’s a lovely exhibition and I do encourage you to go and see it as there are some lovely pieces of work. The prize giving ceremony is on 28th January and the show will stay up for another week after that to give people a chance to see who the winners are.


After his hugely successful exhibition at the Manx Museum, Roger Dean is off to Singapore to exhibit a few of his pieces at the Singapore Contemporary Art show which is on from January 19th to the 22nd. If you’re not planning on going to Singapore yourself in the next 10 days or so, you can still see some of Roger’s work at The Sayle Gallery where there are a few of his pieces including some limited edition prints, his books and some sets of mini art prints which include the Artist’s statement on the back of each which is rather nice. If you’re interested in buying any of Roger’s original work you can contact me: or The Sayle Gallery for more information.

The Sayle Gallery is currently undertaking some refurb work so there isn’t an exhibition on presently in the main gallery. It will re-open later this month with an exhibition by artists Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa.


Juan Moore has recently updated his website and the landing page has this great video on it of some of his animation work. I’m embedding it for you here but do go and have a look at the website too because it looks great; it feels lighter and brighter and is visually very pleasing indeed:  Nice one Juan.

Juan will be teaching a couple of drawing classes during February at the Manx Museum and House of Manannan (see below or check the Calendar for details). Tickets are £10 available from the Manx Museum Gallery Shop and the House of Manannan respectively.




Another website that will hopefully be live very soon is that of Adam Berry. Adam has designed a new set of stamps, to be released on 19th Janaury, which are Art Deco style and depict the Island’s towns and villages. The collection – ‘The Hearts of Ellan Vannin – Manx Towns and Villages’ features two special Europa stamps. I can’t wait for these to come out – they tick all my boxes – I love Adam’s work and Art Deco and it’s showing the world what great Artists we have here. 

I have a couple of Pinterest boards dedicated to Art Deco so if you like the style too you’re very welcome to have a look. One is Art Deco Images and the other is more general Art Deco furniture, lamps, decor and that kind of thing. I haven’t saved anything to them for a while but looking at them afresh I might well resume that wee hobby. Another favourite board of mine is the Staircases and Ballustrades one – I think that’s a bit of a fetish judging by how much I’ve pinned to that one….!


I’ve put together another short survey on SurveyMonkey about the exhibitions that were held on the Island last year. It’s just 8 questions long and will take around 5 minutes to complete. I plan to do a specific blog post on the results of this survey and the one I did a few weeks ago so if you could please take a few minutes to do this I’d be very grateful (and interested to see the results). If you didn’t do the first one that is still open so you can still respond to that if you would like to HERE.


Alice Fayle has launched her first Manx Colouring book! It features twelve of her hand-drawn illustrations of the Isle of Man and you can inbox her to order for £5. They’ll soon to be available to buy online too.


Jimmy Duggan finished his latest commission at 3am the other morning – I’ll bet his eyes didn’t look quite so bright at that time of day! Jimmy will be having a solo exhibition at The Isle Gallery this spring which will be one to pop in the diary (but don’t worry – I’ll keep you posted).



 B43D posted up that there is a SECOND graphic novel due to be released soon, ‘A Cruel Wonderland’. Wow – hot on the heels of ‘A World Apart’ these guys don’t hang around!


Dates for your Diary


On now to the beginning of February – Hodgson Loom Open Art Competition show 

9 January – 24 February – Bob Hitchin’s Digi-rama at the Erin Arts Centre

20 January – 19 February – Ruth Blindell and Laura Espinosa at The Sayle Gallery

4 February – Manx Landscapes and Seascapes at The Isle Gallery (Group Show)

9 February – Noa Bakehouse at 6pm – IOM Arts Council Pitch for Funding

21 February – Draw Folks, Fairies & Themselves with Juan Moore at the Manx Museum (ages 8 -16 years)

23 February – Draw Victorious Vikings in Valhalla with Juan Moore at the House of Manannan (ages 8 -16 years) 


Here’s this week’s round up of images from Social Media. Enjoy.



Please share these updates with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists. To get in touch please


Jane x

Keep up-to-date by ‘Liking’ the Facebook Page or by ‘Following’ me on Linkedin or Twitter@manxart or Instagram @manxartdirectory or Pinterest

Posted on

Isle of Man Art News – 7 November 2016


The News is kindly Supported by the Isle of Man Arts Council.


I can hardly  believe where this year has gone – it’s November already and only 7 weeks ’til Christmas! I can say that now we’ve got Halloween out of the way. I used to have a bit of a mental block about it and couldn’t start thinking about Christmas until after Halloween, but in recent years I’ve started my shopping early and I’ve found it makes a huge difference. One trick I use is to write a list of everyone I need to buy for with space next to their names. I keep it in my purse and whenever I buy a gift I write it on the list. I must have saved hundreds of pounds over the years by doing this as I used to forget what I’d bought and end up buying twice as much as I needed! I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s done that. This year I’m making a real effort to buy as much as possible locally to help support all our local Artists and creatives. Anyway, that’s my ‘top tip’ for this week folks! Here’s what’s been going on and what’s coming up…..


minilogoHuge congratulations to Phil Kneen this week. His WordPress blog post ’16 Years’, in which he captured images of The Jungle at Calais in his usual honest and gritty style, was selected in the recommended list by WordPress – an awesome achievement. Phil said it had already been getting a lot of interest and he’s now had two offers of  publication from international magazines. This is one of the pictures from the post – and my favourite – but you can see the rest of them and read what Phil has to say about it HERE.  

Phil Kneen – The Jungle, Calais


minilogoColleen Corlett is always busy – if you haven’t been to see her show yet at The Sayle Gallery do pop along; there are some lovely pieces of work across a range of mediums – it’s quite amazing just how talented she is. No matter what she turns her hand to she seems to excel at it. Colleen posted up some pictures on Facebook this week of a commission she has recently completed for Malew Church. I thought it was really interesting to see the process so I thought I’d share the pictures with you here. I’ve tagged the photos with the same words that Colleen used in her post so that you can see the process.


minilogoSuzy Holland who regularly writes for Gallery Magazine has done a great write up on the new Noa Bakehouse exhibition ‘The Alchemists’, a photographic collection of work which is the result of a collaboration between Sarah Hendy and Jessie Raso. I had intended to go to the Preview last week but circumstances dictated otherwise so I’ve not had a chance to go and see it yet. Fortunately as I work in Douglas most days it’s a good excuse to go for lunch. I just need to find someone to drag along with me. Suzy’s article is on pages 44 and 45 of this month’s issue. It sounds really interesting so I’m really looking forward to seeing it – and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like a bit of gold and glitter? 🙂


minilogoComing up at The Hodgson Loom Gallery next, after the hugely successful ‘Elemental’ exhibition which closed on Saturday, is ‘Creature Cornucopia’ previewing Friday 11th November. It will be ‘a stunning zoological feast, featuring new watercolours, pastels and drawings from the immensely talented pet portraitist and animal artist, Meriel Burden; alongside a characterful collection of fauna, both exotic and those more familiar to our northern climes by expert ceramicist Erica Kermode’. I’ll give you an update on that next week but as always, I do recommend  you go to the Preview if you can. They are always such lovely, convivial events.


minilogoThere’s still time to get some free Christmas cards! I’m giving away 4 packs (6 cards in each) of Nicola Dixon’s fun seal and oyster catcher Christmas cards.

To enter, all you need to do is go to the Directory’s Facebook Page, ‘like’ the page, ‘like’ the post and put any word relating to Christmas (eg ‘tree’, ‘lights’, ‘Rudolf’ etc.) in the comments section, and of course you can also share the post with your friends to help spread the word about the Directory. The winner will be drawn at random on Saturday 12th November (so you’ve still got time to write and send them)! Good luck.

Also on the Directory, if you are an Artist, crafter, author or local ‘maker’ of any sort, you can list on the Directory’s ‘buy local for Christmas’ page. The more listings there are the more useful it will be, and I will be advertising the page through Facebook right the way up to Christmas. It’s creeping up so the sooner you list the more benefit you will get from it. For a small fee you can get lots of exposure for your Etsy Shop, website, Facebook page or even any event that you have coming up! Find out more HERE.


minilogoDates for your Diary


On now – Autumnal Show – Sheena Graham-George at Studio 42

On now through to 19 November – Manx Museum – ‘Islands and Bridges’ The Art of Roger Dean

On now to 20 November – Colleen Corlett “Answering the Need to Create” at the Sayle Gallery

On now – 20 November – The Alchemists Photography Exhibition at Noa Bakehouse

On now – 27 November – The Isle Gallery : Myths and Morphons 

On now through November – IOM Arts Council Loan Collection at the Erin Arts Centre

2 November – Hand Printed Christmas Card and Gift Tag Workshop 10am – 3pm

11 November – Creature Cornucopia Preview at the Hodgson Loom Gallery

10, 17 & 24 November 2016 at The Isle Gallery – Hand Printed Fabric & Surface Pattern Design – 7pm – 9.30pm

12 & 19 November at The Sayle Gallery – Ceramic Giftware Workshops – Adult and Family sessions


minilogoHere’s this week’s round-up of pictures sourced from Social Media. Enjoy!




Please Share these updates with your friends and colleagues on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin to help raise awareness of our very talented local Artists. To get in touch please

Have a great week!


Keep up-to-date by ‘Liking’ the Facebook Page or by ‘Following’ me on Linkedin or Twitter@manxart or Instagram @manxartdirectory or Pinterest