Dionne Swift is an international textile Artist and Tutor based across Yorkshire and Abruzzo, Italy. Having studied at Goldsmith’s College, Dionne works with passion, intuition and compulsion to find a voice through textiles.
Visually fuelled by my immediate environment, I draw, paint and embroider contemporary stitched Artworks. My work is bold and energetic, I sew in the same manner as I draw, with vigour and intuition. I invite you to spend this masterclass walking alongside my process.
My work aims to celebrate stitch as a true artistic medium: thread as paint, needles as brushes… translating life, visions and travels. I search for landscapes and environments with heightened emotion. Drawing observations and energy from these visual scenarios completely underpins my creativity.
I use free machine embroidery, working at 1600 stitches per minute – it’s fast, furious and often physically hard work: it’s not a relaxing, sedatary pastime for me, I am very physically involved and engaged in every moment and every stitch.
“I am the conductor of a creative orchestra entwining my materials, machines and processes in perfect harmony”.
MASTERCLASS: ENERGISED EMBROIDERY
During this time you will establish the building blocks for a great stitched piece of Art. Inspired by your surroundings you will start at the beginning: gathering visual information, colour and structure, then explore, develop and form endearing, maybe even striking compositions. Imagine it as a capsule ‘design process’.
You’ll learn the machine embroidery skills to transform your paper based visuals into cloth and stitch, fully energised with colour and texture, leading to a substantial stitched masterpiece. This workshop is not for the feint hearted nor the beginner machinist: heavy machine embroidery takes commitment and dedication…are you up for the challenge?
What you will learn in this workshop
During this time you will establish the building blocks for a great stitched piece of Art.
Develop and form endearing, maybe even striking compositions.
Thread as paint, needles as brushes… translating life, visions and travels.