After successfully completing City & Guilds Creative Embroidery, Bernice continued to work with textiles until Art Journaling and Mixed Media called. She particularly enjoys making books and has taught online workshops making altered books and handmade themed books.

Her return to textile art came through making a fabric and mixed media book and she is now developing work that combines her mixed media and creative embroidery skills.

In seeking to find her own voice Bernice spent a year working with a limited colour palette and mostly on the theme of Venice. Now working on a Master Practitioner course, Bernice has been encouraged to work in brighter colours.

A challenge which she is enjoying.

Bernice's work for Revealed

Piece by Piece 1
A technique based mixed media piece using felt to reveal layers beneath.
Wool, metal, acrylic paint.

Piece by Piece 2
A second technique based mixed media piece using felt to reveal layers beneath.
Wool, metal, acrylic paint.

My Mother Said
Mixed media distressed vest made with paper, fabrics, stitch and beads.

On the first layer I wrote about my mother disapproving of even a bra strap showing, unlike now when almost anything goes!

Layers of paper, ribbon, fabric and mixed media items were hand and machine stitched.

The Road Not Taken
Layers of hand dyed linen, cotton, silk, nuno felt, scrim & Tyvek on Lutradur. Plus hand dyed threads to add interest & texture.

Hidden Support
A personal journey about my breaking my fingers in 2018.
The base of the piece is made from the two muslin slings I was given. I kept a photo diary of my treatment and recovery and most of these photos were printed out on cotton fabric. The top layer is made from the hospital appointment letters. The tags show the dates of the appointments up to December 31st.
The piece was machine stitched.

Bernice's work for Destinations
Bought rust dyed fabric, hand stitched and handwritten.

Venice Hanging
A mix of hand printed and bought fabrics. Cotton and linen.

Hand printed fabric and other cotton fabrics. Hand stitched. Hangs or folds up with button closure.

Venice Tiles
Mixed media fabric and paper. Hand stitched and attached to canvas.

Examples of previous work
‘Alpha & Omega’ - reverse applique of layered organza, machine stitched to a felt backing

‘Living the Fruitful Life’ (9” square book) - made from printed and stencilled fabric and paper on a felt base, decorated with machine and hand stitching, thermofax screen prints, metal shim

You can find Bernice online on Twitter and Instagram and on her blog: Newly Creative