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 is planned for January 2016, so my inspiration for all things ice will continue.
More work on this theme can be seen in my books.
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?
I am so excited that in January 2016, I will fulfil my life's wish to visit the Antarctic on a Seabourn Quest cruise. We are so excited, our first cruise. I plan to do some sketching, perhaps a little watercolour and take, of course, several hundred photos. I can see my passion for ice, snow, glaciers and icebergs is alive and well and will continue to inspire. So..... watch this space.
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.
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.
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.
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....