My work as a teacher left little time to continue the dressmaking, knitting, crochet and embroidery which I enjoyed so much and it is only since I retired that I have returned to these creative activities and discovered a whole new textile art world.
Although I love words, songs and poetry, my work is usually inspired by pictures - things I have seen or places I have been. I make no attempt to recreate them literally, preferring to work with symbols, texture and, most significantly, with colour to create abstract images, sometimes including metal, but mainly using an embellisher, hand and machine embroidery, felt, fabric, yarn and beads.Since joining Traverse, I have expanded my practice, through discussion and valuable skill-sharing within the group, and I've particularly enjoyed exploring the use of paint on various surfaces and also working in 3D, which is reflected in some of my work for our most recent exhibitions, 'Revealed' (2019) and 'Please Touch' (2019 & 2020).
These pieces were designed specifically to be explored by touch, with a focus on a variety of interesting textures created in different ways. Some of my 'Revealed' pieces were also included in Please Touch (see captions on individual Revealed photos).
Twisting Triangles was included as part of a Please Touch blog post here, where I wrote a little about the design and the process of creating the kaleidocycle. The embellished surface was heavily embroidered by hand and machine, with beads to add to the texture and the movement added another level of interest to the piece. I was very pleased with it.
Wet felted with spiral resist, yarn, threads & pre-felted shapes, hand & machine stitch
Wet felted with multiple resist layers and metal insertions
Modroc, scrim, acrylic paint, hand embroidery (also Please Touch)
(also Please Touch)
My work for ‘Destinations’ (2018) was inspired by landscapes – real and imaginary - either memories of favourite places or those in books I’d read. I was also exploring views of the Earth from space and developing work on landscapes which are hidden from conventional viewpoints.
Examples of previous work
‘Floating Flowers’ (46cm x 36cm) - mainly using an embellisher, some heat treatment of sheer synthetics, hand and machine embroidery and beads
Mixed Weaving (40cm x 26cm) – yarn warp, woven with fabric strips, yarns, copper strips and wire of varying gauges, a few wooden beads. Handmade beads, using heat on lutradur, Tyvek and cellophane hanging from the warp