Sunday, 22 February 2015

romance of gardens

I have a joint exhibition coming up next month with the wonderful mixed media/textile artist Maureen Kennaugh. The title of the exhibition is The Romance of Gardens. We are exploring gardens in history, poetry and especially gardens that we have seen in our extensive travels. I have concentrated on my first love which is hand stitching using a great variety of  threads dyed by myself using natural and procion dyes. There is also some mixed media work on brown paper coloured with acrylic ink, bonded to painted nappy liner and then distressed. Hand stitched goldwork motifs have been added to this based on 1960's floral wallpaper patterns. I have also procion dyed lint bandages which took the colour very well and on this I have hand stitched small images reminiscent of Japanese gardens. I take a lot of photos during my travels and these have been the inspiration for a lot of the hand stitching, the trips included visits to Kew gardens and the Floriade in Venlo the Netherlands in 2012. I have also included new plant dyed felted works.
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