I want to set up some still life scenes so I ventured out on my bike to collect some autumn structures to work from. We bought a new laser printer a couple of weeks ago and I've been printing off and playing about with the photos that I took whilst out collecting. I love old tattered textures and embroideries or tapestries where the thread and colour has been worn away and you can see the warp and weft of a fabric so I quite enjoyed the way the printer added lines and texture to the photos.
I'm thinking large embroideries at the moment, all machine embroidered and then worked into with the embellisher to destroy the stitches and then hand embroidered into again to bring back definition. I've been watching videos on how to set up still life scenes. I found this video really interesting and want to join this guys class! I may even set myself the teacup homework!
Welcome to my new website and blog about my work and life as a textile artist. I've been creating textile pieces for many years and having recently moved from Southampton to Hertfordshire and had a baby (just about to turn 2), I am excited to be returning to my work and exploring my new landscape.
Having moved from Southampton I am now in the middle of the countryside, with no seaside, seagulls or seaweed around me. I must admit I am missing the landscape that I know so well and that gave me the colours and textures that inspired my work. I loved the crunch of wet gravel underfoot and the smell of green slushy seaweed that would roll out into the sand when the tide was out. The colours were good enough to eat, if there is such a thing as eating colour.
But onto pastures new and here I am in Harpenden, Hertfordshire surrounded by cricket to watch, fields to explore, starlings to listen to and the 23 minute train into London...which I still haven't been brave enough to attempt with a toddler in tow! I 'm really enjoying my new home, have joined the Harpenden Art Club, taken on an allotment, started bicycling (not cycling; this is slow, stopping to take photos of everything with a picnic in the basket sort of bicycling) and set up a workspace in the attic room. Little one is sleeping predictably and I have a little bit of time in my day to do something creative. Having had quite a break I am a little nervous about getting back into my work again but I think I am mostly excited. I am a stay at home mum so I will need to be disciplined with my free time, mainly working whilst little one is asleep.
I'm not quite sure where to start yet, so thought I would begin a new website to archive my previous work, start afresh and mark off one chapter from another.