Welcome to my new website. It is still 'work in progress' but I wanted you to have a gllimpse of some of my past and present work.
Since coming into Art Textiles, from a background in art and graphic design, I have created several collections of work that have included stitched textiles, art quilts and mixed media pieces. The first main theme developed in the 1990s was
I have always been interested in the art and way of life of the inuit in northern Canada, so the opportunity, years ago, during the Diploma in Stitched Textiles, to study further, was a wonderful opportunity. I visited Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet and the memories and photographs went on to inspire work for several years.
Here is a small selection of this early Arctic Expressions work 1996 - 2003. More pieces can be seen in my books.
Within 4 Walls
Textures, pattern and life in urban settings has always been photographic inspiration for me and living close to London gave me such a dynamic landscape. Many pieces were created between 2000 and 2004 (many you can see in my books) and came from photographs of buildings, walls, and holiday experiences including the selection shown here.
From a background in art and design, sketchbooks and collage composition have been a great influence on how my work evolves. From drawing and sketching to compiling collage pages with photography and painted paper, it is the way I like to begin most of of my work in art textiles and mixed media. Photography and transferring images onto cloth became a feature of most all my textile work by 2003.
These sketchbook pages were inspired by West Bay in Dorset and became part of a design class based on creating bound books in Connecting Design to Stitch.
Back to the landscape with inspiration from photographic images in Ontario. Trees in all their glory and woodlands underthreat by nature and man. Beginning with quite colourful pieces, the work became more monochormatic as trees became more affected by climate change and urban sprawl. Many pieces in the Near North series can be seen in my books, especially Creative Quilts and in exhibitions with Quilt Art.
Memories of that time in Arctic Canada was heightened by a trip to Iceland. The landscape was breathtaking and my love of ice and glacier imagery inspired a new body of work called Meltdown. I am continuing to add to this collection. They consist of a collage of photo imagery heat transferred onto cloth with metal and stitch. Sometimes wireform has been included to create dimension. Many of these textile pieces can be seen in Connecting Design to Stitch.
The Last Silence
This work evolved from the Meltdown series, as I remembered a walk on the thick ice of Baker Lake, so many years ago. It was so silent - no birds, planes...nothing except the crunch of ice beneath my feet. A moment I will remember forever. The marks represent the ice cracks and the dimensional wave shapes are sound 'marks'. I have mild tinnitus now, so hear 'silence' no longer. This work was recently seen at the Studio 21 exhibition 'Chinese Whispers' and will be developed further.
Since the move to Somerset, 2 years ago, I have been captivated by the landscape nearby, in all seasons. Photography, sketchbooks and collages continue to inspire new work as well as monoprints and collographs. The Flooding on the Somerset Levels last year, though not personally affected - thankfully, did inspire some very graphic imagery and new work has quickly evolved.
I am excited by new developments in recent work. Exhibition opportunities last year and in the future will provide a platform for different new work. The Somerset Art Works Open Studio event did focus my attention on imagery based on monoprints and collographs - all based on flooding on the levels. Here is a slection that will become new work to be seen at various venues including the Festival of Quilts, the Taunton Museum and the Quilt Art 30th anniversary touring exhibition in 2015.
Coming from a graphic design and publishing background, it was a great opportunity, back in 2003 to have my first publlished by Batsford, UK. Contemporary Quilts, Design, Surface and Stitch continues to sell well, and it was followed in 2006 by Creative Quilts, then Connecting Art to Stitch in 2009 and Connecting Design to Stitch in 2012. They are all still widely available online through popular book sites.
Here are a few samples from my latest book. Except for the last Meltdown piece, the rest were inspired by the Jurassic Coast in Dorset at West Bay (Broadchurch from the BBC). Design was integral to this book so I used the Amonite shell/spiral shape - a popular 'find' in the cliffs.
I hope to produce a new book in the future, so, watch this space....