My ‘Bumbies’ are a whimsical view of the world and a way of documenting observations of people, dogs and my surroundings; things that interest me and make me smile!

I have always worked in textiles and have developed a range of work from Woven Landscape Tapestry to Silk Felt Collage, however it has always been my drawing and the more quirky aspects of my work, that I have enjoyed the most!

My Bumbies began with the dogs! I was trying to sketch my new Cairn Terrier puppies and capture their sense of fun and mischievousness in the drawings. I couldn’t quite do it, until I picked up some wire and then suddenly they came to life! The figures followed, as the dogs somehow seemed too lonely on their own. Sometimes the Bumbies start life as a sketch or a moment in time ; sometimes a piece of vintage fabric inspires a character!

In 1973 I was given a small telescope to help me see Kohoutek’s Comet. I have been fascinated by the night sky ever since. Comets, meteor showers, stars, the Aurora Borealis and especially full moons, inspire and delight me! A number of my Bumbie ‘Scenes’ include moons and are often named after full moons in different cultural traditions. ‘Snow Moon’ is named after the November Full Moon in the English Medieval tradition, ‘Rose Moon’, the June Full Moon in the Colonial  American tradition. I have chosen to use a crescent moon rather than a full moon, purely for aesthetic reasons!!

Bumbies? Our old Cairn Terrier cross was nicknamed ‘The Bumbie’ so this work is a kind of memorial to her and a name that seemed to capture the essence of my dogs and figures!

Judith Israel


Judith Israel –  Curriculum Vitae
Further and Higher Education
1981 – 1982 Stafford College of Art. Foundation course in Art and Design.
1982 – 1985 Manchester Polytechnic, B.A. (Hons.) Constructed Textiles.
1986 Highland Craftpoint, Inverness, ‘Stepping Stone’. A short course for Art and Design Graduates wishing to run their own business.
1991 Leicester Polytechnic, �������Artists in Education’. Training Artists to work in education. Funded by the Arts Council, Leicester Poly. and Solihull L.E.A.
Sept. 2001 – June 2002 U.C.E. Birmingham P.G.C.E. Art and Design
Solo Exhibitions
May 1992 Ridware Arts Centre, Hamstall Ridware.
September 1989 The Arts Centre, Lichfield.
April / May 1988 The Arts Centre, Lichfield.
Group Exhibitions (selected)
November 1994 Lichfield Textile Workshop Exhibition, Lichfield.
August 1994 Staffordshire Textile Group, The Brewhouse, Burton on Trent.
April 1994 Staffordshire Textile Group, Telford Town Park, Telford
January 1994 C.E.A.T.A. (Creative Embroiderers and Textile Artists), Brighton Artists Gallery, Brighton Marina.
November 1992 Staffordshire Textile Group, Stafford Art Gallery.
August 1992 Andrew Kirkham & Judith Israel, Ancient High House, Stafford.
Residencies and workshops
July 2005 ����������� July 2012 Annual Fuse Festival Art Tent, Lichfield Fuse.
April 1996 Holly Grove School, Chasetown.
May 1994 Wylde Green Primary School, West Midlands.
September 1991 Christchurch School, Lichfield.
April 1991 Park Hall Comprehensive School, Castle Bromwich.
January 1991 Park Hall Comprehensive School, Castle Bromwich.
September 1990 Christchurch School, Lichfield.
Currently employed as a teacher of Art and Design at Cheslyn Hay Sport and Community High School.