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Exhibiting with Design-Nation
in The Large Committee Room on the first floor at Shoreditch Town Hall
15-17 May 2024

Being well (2023) £4,000

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Made with hand-knitted Shetland wool and found fabrics. Appliqued and machine embroidered using a domestic sewing machine onto a vintage silk handkerchief and embellished with beads and sequins.

In this piece I have considered possible sources of well-being. I particularly enjoy exploring the materiality of textiles. A repurposed vintage floral silk handkerchief forms the canvas for the piece and its floral design creates the composition, enveloping the figure in richness.

Bespoke frame and art glass. H50cm x W50cm

Cultivation (2023) £3,500

Made with hand-knitted Shetland wool and found fabrics. Appliqued and machine embroidered using a domestic sewing machine onto a vintage handkerchief and embellished with beads and sequins.
 

An image from the September 1947 issue of Stitchcraft magazine forms the starting point for this piece. It is embroidered onto a vintage handkerchief which is edged with images of garden borders representing gardens of the 1940’s. Pieces of found embroidery from the period add actual examples of domestic stitch.

Bespoke frame and art glass. H46cm x W46cm

Jul/Aug 1948 (2023) £3,500

Appliqued and machine embroidered using a domestic sewing machine onto a vintage handkerchief and embellished with beads and sequins.


Tonal study of a woman on a repurposed Apenzell handkerchief with a beautiful crisp decorative edge. It is embellished with subtlety to reflect the beauty and craftsmanship of the handkerchief, the beads mirroring the stitches used. The figure is taken from a 1948 Stitchcraft magazine.


Bespoke frame and art glass. H47cm x W47cm
 

Endeavour (2024) £4,500

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Made with hand-knitted Shetland wool and found fabrics. Appliqued and machine embroidered using a domestic sewing machine onto patchwork and embellished with beads and sequins. 

 

Endeavour was made in response to one of the first pieces that I created in 2015. It is updated to record the progression in my work up to this point.

 

I have used the same image from Stitchcraft  Aug-Sept 1946 but it is on a more ambitious scale and includes a hand-knitted element which refers back further to my degree in fashion/textiles. The patchwork background was inspired by a visit to the Welsh Quilt Centre in Lampeter. There I saw a beautiful nineteenth century ‘Grandma's Garden Quilt’ in velvet and silk.

My patchwork is made from silks which I have had digitally printed over the years using images from work which I’ve previously made. The quilting reflects this passing of time. I have added an embroidery of a nasturtium transfer from the 1930’s. Endeavour celebrates my own making and the domestic making, knit, hand embroidery and patchwork of the 30’s and 40’s.

Bespoke frame and art glass. H56cm x W52cm

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