I am a Textile Fine Artist who draws with thread to create unique portraits and landscapes. Since completing my degree in Creative Art where I combined Fine Art (Printmaking) with Textiles, I have continued to develop my interest in textural mark making.
I have been fortunate in having my work exhibited both nationally and internationally.
It is the idea of considered mark making that intrigues me.
Drawing with thread is a continuous process of decision making.
Deciding what is required for example, to conjure up a facial feature – exactly where the needle enters and exits the fabric, the type of thread, the length of each stitch, the number of stitches needed to suggest a smile or capture an emotional nuance.
Each executed mark, however small, is a decision made.
I combine hand stitching with machine stitching (using my trusty old Bernina domestic sewing machine). Colour is hand printed onto the stitched drawing, using a limited palette of dysperse dyes.
It can be a lengthy, sometimes tedious process, with pricked fingers and aching wrists but I love it !
If you would like to find out a little more about my work and process please check out a recent interview