2017 Art Trail
Paint and textiles are my preferred media but I work with a variety of materials according to the ideas I am trying to express at the time.
I trained as a textile designer nearly 20 years ago but I have always painted, stitched, created and recycled “stuff”!!
Recenty I have been producing imagined landscapes inspired by the countryside around me and from travels farther afield. I often used fragments of life drawings or paintings as starting points and, as I am interested in the ways in which we manipulate our surroundings to suit ourselves, this way of working firmly plants the human impact within the landscape.
This approach has evolved into looking at “pathways” – links between people across both spaces and time. Now, with the current cultural, political and economic turmoil seemingly worldwide, I am thinking in terms of “pathways of communication” between peoples – how we could do with finding common ground rather than highlighting differences. For this I am using stones collected from different parts of the world and integrating into them precious metals: two hard disparate surfaces which I am trying to make work together.
2016 Art Trail
I am an Ilkley-based artist currently specializing in incorporating stitch onto painted surfaces. As a graduate in textile design, colour and texture are foremost when creative decisions are made and I find texture – with the complex building up of layers of paint, fabrics, papers, leather and finally machine and handstitch – especially good for expressing difficult ideas. Currently these themes have been firstly, exploring the relationships between people and the landscape, and secondly, searching for the connections between generations of families. These two sets of ideas constantly reoccur: I have put them together under the title of “Pathways”.
The work becomes semi-abstract landscapes inspired by the local scenery originating from fragments of life paintings – the two combine, interact and become
This year – for fun – I have begun sketching a U3A guitar group in Ilkley with the aim of producing a new body of stitched sketches and paintings. To me it still connects with my themes: the idea of people moving on, interacting, searching for that sense of belonging.
I have been part of Ilkley Art Trail since its inception and offer my home as a venue