|Cathy at work on' Stream of Blue'|
My approach varies, from abstract to more representational depending on the source topic and the 'feel' I want to evoke, but it is always characterised by a strong use of colour and texture.
|'Foxglove' a more representational piece|
|'Stream of Blue' detailof more abstract piece|
I always have a clear idea of how I want the piece to look, but I tend to work intuitively responding and adapting it at each stage of the process.
|'Verging on Autumn'|
|3 small bright vessels on a nuno felt hanging|
Some more recent work from 2015/2016
The two pieces below are inspired by small areas of a Peruvian woven wall hanging we bought in Peru when we lived there in 2007. The textiles of Peru were what got me making textiles again and led to me doing the City & Guilds course. I have taken some of the Andean motifs and developed them into applique pieces. A lot of my more recent pieces have used applique, they each use a wide variety of fabrics with some bold stitching on top.
|Andean Fragments I|
|Andean Fragment II|
For the harmony exhibition at the Atrium Gallery of the Bexley Wing at Leeds Hospital I chose to explore colour harmony in my four pieces. Below are two of them, Harmony in Teal and Harmony in Coral. They each contain a wide variety of fabrics appliqued onto the background and four rich pathways of stitching leading around the piece from inner to outer edges. The pieces may look quite organic but a lot of time was spent arranging the fabrics and working out the stitch pathways to ensure a fairly even spread of fabric types and stitches across the piece.
|Harmony in Teal|
|Harmony in Coral|
|Detail of Harmony in Coral|
Work from 2016
Below is a piece I made last autumn inspired by the Heleniums in my garden. It is wet felted with fabric inclusions, silk fibres and curly wools and then embellished with lots & lots of stitching.
|Detail of flower centre|
Below is another small autumn inspired piece, wet felted with fabric applique and stitching on top.
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Cathy Needham Textile Artist