Here’s a development of an earlier idea – stumpwork figures applied to a clay background
This time I used coloured slip to create a darker background to contrast with the paler fabric. The figures have a left leaning slant, which was unintentional, but I quite like it that way.
I combined ceramic and willow in this piece, that emerges from the woodland floor.
The ceramic forms a frill around the mouth of the flower-like growth, whilst brown willow (willow with its bark still intact) weaves around and around to form an open-work throat, rising up from the ground.
I’ve used ceramic and textile to create a version of a hedge that runs along a field close to my house. The central element is a ceramic slab upon which I created leaf shapes using hedgerow leaves and coloured slips.
I wanted to depict the chain-link fence that is also in the hedgerow line, so I photographed the fence and transferred it onto fabric using acrylic paint.
I’m very pleased with the way this worked!
I’m just back from 3 days of workshops led by the remarkably talented textile artist Cas Holmes.
Cas taught us new ways to work with old materials, to create surfaces with multiple layers of interest and work within the principles of sustainability. I created two folded books, the first inspired by the broadland landscape:
and the second using vintage family embroidery and other family textiles, and some old crochet and embroidery instructions:
Here’s a small sample I made that fuses stumpwork techniques with clay…
the figure is softly padded, contrasting with the hardness of the clay.
I do enjoy decorating my clothes with odd little bits of stitching. These trousers already had some embroidery on the leg…
…and I’ve now used up some scraps of fabric by adding some kantha embroidery, higher up on the same leg…
Very satisfying! I’m going to enjoy wearing these.
I’ve been looking for new ways to combine ceramics with textiles, and produced these stoneware and felt creations. The felt pieces are simple cones, stitched together and stuffed so they maintain their shape.
I do find the shapes exciting, and want to try more with multiple spikes, like the one below…
here is a series of textile experiments where I have been stitching dried honesty seed heads to cotton satin fabric
I used just 2 colours initially, adding a backstitched seed head outline
in the final piece I changed the seed head to a more muted tone
what I liked about these pieces was that the shape of the honesty sprig I used was different each time, so the design is always in response to the natural form.
I made this as a reaction to some of the assumed jollity that the media assume everyone shares over the festive season.
Here are a few sample pieces where I have stitched softer materials onto a stoneware base.
This one has a padded circle of French knots, applied stumpwork-style.
These two have padded crochet circles. The first one is fairly flat. When making the other I experimented with changing the shape of the crochet, by varying the height and density of stitches.