in the undergrowth

I combined ceramic and willow in this piece, that emerges from the woodland floor.

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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.

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mixed media hedgerow

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.

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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!

Cas Holmes workshop

I’m just back from 3 days of workshops led by the remarkably talented textile artistĀ 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:

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and the second using vintage family embroidery and other family textiles, and some old crochet and embroidery instructions:

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honesty collage experiments

here is a series of textile experiments where I haveĀ been stitching dried honesty seed heads to cotton satin fabric

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I used just 2 colours initially, adding a backstitched seed head outline

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in the final piece I changed the seed head to a more muted tone

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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.

hard and soft textures

Here are a few sample pieces where I have stitched softer materials onto a stoneware base.

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This one has a padded circle of French knots, applied stumpwork-style.

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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.

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This piece is inspired by a particular individual, a pearl within a swirling sea.

The base layer is calico with watery acrylic paint added. I then printed the entire surface using a specially made tessellating linocut before colouring the whole thing with spray paint. I picked out some of the design in embroidery and added layers of sheer fabrics and black threads to the edges.

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I spent some time planning the piece and exploring design options.

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