A TRIO of Blewbury artists will be exhibiting together for the first time as part of Oxford Artweeks.

Yvette Phillips' rich pieces made from fabric and free-motion machine embroidery will sit alongside Eleanor Wong's beautiful drawings and Charlotte Houlihan's life studies.

From Saturday until Sunday, May 14 their work will be exhibited at The Clubhouse in the village.

Mrs Phillips said: "We are very excited to be exhibiting for the first time this year.

"I've had a passion for fabrics and sewing from a young age, having been taught by my mother and grandmother.

"After specialising in print making for my art degree, I found myself working in the music industry in a creative product and production management role, taking a year out during that time to study interior design.

"After moving from London back to my home village of Blewbury, and the birth of my two children, I came full circle back to what I love - making beautiful things from beautiful fabrics."

In 2011, Mrs Phillips started Dawn Chorus Vintage, a business which creates soft furnishings from vintage fabric and developed into a passion for creating textile collages.

She added: "The first fabric collage I made was of my daughter Margot.

"I wanted to commission a piece of art to capture her at a very young age, but couldn't find anything that felt right, so set about creating one myself out of pieces of vintage fabric, using my sewing machine to "draw" in detail and definition.

"I've since been producing pieces on a commission basis."

Mrs Houlihan has drawn and painted for as long as she can remember and said she was delighted to be involved in the exhibition.

The mum-of-two said: "I work spontaneously from the model using the paints to find the figure and uncover their expression in a loose and reflective way.

"I paint with oils, often on paper and more recently on canvas too and most of my paintings are created in an hour sitting.

"I enjoy working quickly and rarely return to a piece once the initial pose is over.

"I think the decisions I make quickly are often more honest, and I enjoy the happy accidents that occur along the way."

Mrs Wong is the final artist to be in the exhibition and her oil and acrylic paintings explore the connection between mother and child.

She added: "Each piece is inspired by ideas drawn from the imagination of my children.

"I'm trying to capture the purity of their thought and world view."

The exhibition is open from 10am to 6pm and on Thursdays 12noon to 8pm.

For more information visit: artweeks.org