For some fabulous Christmas Presents visit my studio and permanent Studio Gallery with a changing exhibition of my work and work of other artists. It is open by appointment when non essential businesses are again allowed to open. One household group at a time may visit. Times are flexible. It will be open to book any time I am there.
Phone 01992 443124 or 07758002199 to find a mutually convenient time.
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I will be posting one work from the gallery daily and if you are unable to come you can order through instagram or phone me at the above numbers.
I draw and paint with fabric and stitch mostly with textile and paint, travelling back and forth along the thread that links the fine and decorative arts. Clothing and furnishing designed to adorn or commissioned work to celebrate or tell a story, pictures that explore thoughts and emotions and collaborative projects all inform one another.
My work is always evolving, drawing on an inbred love of pattern and colour, my eclectic heritage and long exposure to the decorative and fine arts of different ages and cultures.
I am interested in the emotional response when engaging with art and craft and its powerful therapeutic benefits both in the looking and the making.
Currently I am immersed in picture making. How do we describe the places and people we know? How do we preserve and express our experiences, our memories and feelings? How do we express our joys and sorrows through our life's journey?
The practice of making my pictures involves observing and reflecting, moving from the particular of my own experience and taking a journey through process and unspoken conversations. In that journey I am searching for beauty and balance to make something with a life beyond the starting point. It’s about searching for something that sings, something that stands on its own and connects with the shared experience of being human.
Landscape and natural forms are often the starting point, the catalyst for the conversations. With sketches and photos as prompts, I draw and paint with thread and fabric combining different techniques and media. Silks of various thicknesses, types and textures are often twisted or scrunched up, sometimes torn or deconstructed and often applied in layers with freehand machine embroidery creating a depth or a three dimensional appearance. Sometimes the fabric is painted for texture and colour before embroidery and then paint may be added on top of the embroidery or other media incorporated which can render the medium used ambiguous, capturing the viewer's interest and fixing it on the effect of the work rather than the material from which it is made.
Past work has included:
Wall-hangings; often narrative and illustrative for milestone birthdays, anniversaries, in commemoration of loved ones, or to celebrate a family history.
Clothing and furnishings; waistcoats, jackets, bedspreads and cushions feature designs as varied as people’s personalities, tastes and experiences, with commissions including stage clothes for Greg Carmichael of Acoustic Alchemy & the BBC Clothes Show in 1992
Variety both in the form of the artwork itself and the settings in which I have sought to contribute, has always been a key feature of my work. I have made designs for items as diverse as church kneelers to CD covers. And I have worked with schools and community groups on collaborative projects and workshops involving art, literacy and language teaching and mental health programmes.