I was taught to stitch at a very early age but my real interest in textile art began when I inherited my Mothers tin of embroidery threads. With the help of a bursary from the City of York Embroiderers Guild, I completed a four year City & Guilds Diploma in Embroidery Craft and Design during which time, I explored the natural environment through stitch, looking in some depth at trees, leaves and bark. This is where my passion began for coaxing colour from nature to create naturally dyed papers and fabrics (often referred to as Eco printing).
|Botanical printed papers and silk chiffon scarves|
When I started botanical printing I made many mistakes, and was disappointed, frustrated and discouraged with my results so I read up and experimented - lots – until I began to unlock the secrets. Mistakes still happen but to me the unpredictability is the beauty of the process.
Here are some images of the prints recently achieved on Silk, Cashmere and Cotton Scarves.
|Eco Printed Cashmere Scarf|
|Eco Printed Cotton Scarf|
I now share my love of botanical printing with others through exhibitions, demonstrations,
talks and workshops.
The following are images of eco printed fabrics and papers which I have then used as backgrounds to stitch into. These vary in size but are all mounted and framed and available as greetings cards.
|'Nature's golden thread'|
Eco printed background with leather and gold work bee
|'Sewing the Seeds'|
Eco printed fabric applique with hand stitch
|'Shadows of Autumn'|
Leaf prints on cotton with hand stitch
|'A Glistening Moment'|
hand stitched on leaf printed cotton
(each square is two inches)
|'Rock Pool Scramble'|
hand stitched on rusted cotton
(each square is 2 inches)
|Wall Hanging. Leaf print of American Oak leaves on Abbaca tissue paper |
with free machine embroidery pieces applied (27" by 12")
Machine Embroidery on leaf print cotton
Alongside my botanical printing, I continue to develop my hand embroidery exhibition pieces most of which are available to buy as originals, limited edition prints or cards.
I am also a member of the mixed media textile group Decora.
Collage of Wensleydale wool and vintage lace
Wrapped threads with hand stitching on linen
|'A Sweet Tweet'|
Machine embroidery on vintage hanky
'Gardeners Delight' - Machine Embroidery
Blue Tit (9cm x 10cm) Goldfinch (13cm x 9cm)
Exhibitions & Residencies
The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate (2015, 2017, 2018)
Castle Textiles, Spofforth (2015, 2017)
Fountains Abbey, Ripon (2016)
Just Makers, RHS Harlow Carr & Ripley (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
Helmsley Art Centre (2018)
Inspired by Gallery, Moors Centre National Park (2018)
Art in The Mill, Knaresborough (2019)
Tithe Barn, Nether Poppleton, York (2019)
Artist in Residence, The Bath House, RHS Harlow Carr (2018, 2019)
Designer Makers, The Bath House, RHS Harlow Carr (2020)
Burton Constable Hall (2020)
Blue Light Gallery Masham (2020)
Nunnington Hall (2020)
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