Originality, Technical Ability, Emotional Response
UK Artist. Known mostly for the Life Story series of large art quilts, but trying all sorts of creative techniques to keep the soul happy!
Quilts: Although I thought the Life Story series had ended, there are a couple of unfinished quilts, and a lot of new ideas brewing. The missing two quilts are, The Fragility of Self Worth, and The Last Vision. Most of my other quilts have sold and are held in galleries or in private ownership around the world.
Why Quilts and not paintings? Quilts allow me to add meaning to my work by stitching words or stories onto the cloth imagery – something I can’t do with a painting. All of them have been designed for a gallery space, are large, and have been constructed in similar ways. I start with white cloth which is wadded for weight to help the hanging process, and also to add loft making texture when machined. I add cloth applique, building my story with tiny pieces of fabric stitched into place with words or pattern, before finishing off with a little acrylic paint for extra definition. You can see them all here.
They can be taken at face value – a “life” drawing/painting, or you can delve further and discover the stories written on the bodies by me using free machine embroidery. They are perfectly readable but not obvious as I’ve used toning threads and painted over them, and you have to look to find that extra layer of meaning. The objects and groupings in each quilt, surrounding the subject, also have their own narrative and are tied closely to the story.