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 to 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 after my Diploma in Stitched Textile course 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, to study further, was a wonderful opportunity. I visited Baker Lake and Rankin Inlet in Nunavut and the memories and photographs went on to inspire work for several years.
It was slides in those days and I revisited using lenses and filters for the ice and snow. Being a Canadian living permanently in the UK, it was definitely something different and on my return began doing lectures about that trip.
I learned about Caribou skin clothing and the current textile wallhangings that the seamstresses are still making. It was fascinating to get an inside glimpse into another Canadian way of life. I am still in contact with a friend in Rankin Inlet and through modern technology can hear all the recent news.
Here is a small selection of this early Arctic Expressions work 1996 - 2003. I never knew at the time how this trip to the Arctic would make such an impression on me. See my entry on Meltdown and the Last Silence for more recent work.
A trip to the Antarctic in January 2016 was a dream come true and it lived up to all I could have wished. Ice, snow, icebergs, glaciers, mountains, penguins, whales and more will keep me inspired for years. This recent piece part of the 'Concealed' exhibition in August with the group Art Textiles Made in Britain, was a collage composite of photos taken during the expedition, with line superimposed on top to reflect the fossils and petrified rainforests that have been discovered there. More work will follow, I am sure.
Memories of that time in Arctic Canada was heightened by a trip to Iceland 5 years ago. The landscape was breathtaking and my love of ice and glacier imagery inspired a new body of work that I have called Meltdown. I am continuing to add to this collection.
The images of ice on the black lava shoreline at Jokulsurlon was magic.
I will remember those trapped glaciers in the bay and the melting ice at my feet... forever. So much inspiration.
The pieces selected here, consist of a collage of photo images, monoprints and diary writings, heat transferred onto cloth with metal and stitch added. Sometimes wireform has been included to create dimension. Many of these textile pieces can be seen in my book Connecting Design to Stitch.
I have included other photos taken.... the melting ice on Hudson Bay taken from the plane. It is amazing to see the pattern of melting ice from above. Wherever I am on my travels... I have also included an image in the high Alps in Switzerland, of ice on a semi frozen lake in July.
The last piece in this 'Meltdown' series is called "What were they thinking?'. Can you make out the shape of Mother Nature overviewing melting ice?
Earlier this year in January 2016, visited the Antarctic on a Seabourn Quest cruise. Work inspired by this trip will follow soon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It has been a busy year for exhibitions, Work continues to travel with Quilt Art around Europe, and the 'Concealed' exhibition at the NEC in August was a large scale piece. Work with Studio 21, and exhibition called the Sewing Machine Project launched in November 2015, was invited to the Lansdowne Gallery for SIT Select in May, These are the Dresses, that were made, inspired by a collage of images and drawings from old sewing machine parts, on the surface with shapes that were a memory of dress patterns. The asymmetrical shaped forms are life size, so it was a large piece.
And now for something completely different..... I have also been painting and although still fundamentally inspired by the landscape around me, decided to take my direction from the A303 the route to the sun. We travel up and down that road a great deal and the big skies and expanses of fields and agricultural changes are amazing. These are abstract impressions, taken from map marks, sketches and aerial views with a great deal of colour ( for me ). Are small works that have been framed recently for Somerset Open Studio.
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 mono prints and collagraphs. The Flooding on the Somerset Levels 2 years ago, though not personally affected - thankfully, did inspire some very graphic imagery and new work has quickly evolved. Pieces have been in Quilt Art touring exhibitions and long wide piece is called Reality and Rhetoric with writing behind the horizontal panels reflecting the history and environmental challenges of the levels. Additional work has been seen with exhibitions with the South West Textile Group and at the NEC in various show. I continue to be inspired by this local area and will continue to add to this work in the future.
I have been very fortunate to have been able to write 4 books for BT Batsford and hope to write another in the future. The books are available online and at book sellers and I have included a few images of various works that are included in them. In the future this Gallery will include an exhibition of art quilts, textiles and art for sale.