Frances is an embroiderer and mixed-media textile artist. Her work covers many subjects, including portraits.
Although I had a schooling in traditional drawing and painting, it was only much later that I discovered textiles as an art form. Wow! The connection was immediate; I love the colour, the feel, the range, the texture, the flexibility and the capability one has as an artist to change and transform cloth and thread.
Over the years I have enjoyed learning and developing many textile art techniques including embroidery, machine-stitching, quilting, dyeing, printing, collaging, painting, felting, waxing, and combining textiles with other media. I am never going to be an artist who perfects and sticks by a single technique; instead I am a happy collector of many possibilities - each waiting to be selected and harnessed in pursuit of a particular project.
I have an academic background in psychology and so the human face/figure, and interactions of people with history, landscape and imagination are always alluring themes. But I also enjoy reading and writing poetry, am a keen allotment grower and enjoyer of the natural world, and all these offer further subjects to portray.
I have exhibited work with the Hertford Art Society, Courtyard Arts, International Feltmakers' Association, HVA Textile Group (various locations), Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies Threads of Time I and II projects, Eastern Region Textile Forum, Fiodra Gallery Barge and via the Society for Embroidered Work.
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