My textile work has been exhibited in regional and commercial galleries for over 3o years including in numerous selective national and international competitions. I have a special interest in all textile techniques particularly those that involve dyeing and machine embroidery and have based my imagery on my photographs and watercolours.
The use of light and tone in stitching work is a focus and has resulted in the development of a unique way of machine-embroidering using a self-developed long-stitch technique.
Tonality in the application of dyes enhances the hyper-realistic illusion of depth and texturein my bird studies, where the subjects often appear in an imagined yet tonally convincing three-dimensional space.
Dyeing to Stitch
This workshop challenges participants to explore how to dye fabric surfaces (dye sublimation technique) for the express intention of enhancing the stitches that will be worked into the dyed areas afterwards. This aligning of the two techniques can result in a hyper-realistic illusion of depth and form, or abstract, dancing, light-capturing textural relief.
Both photographic imagery and hand painted subjects will be explored . .
A range of machine-embroidery techniques, including my self-developed long machine stitch technique will be explored in the course, always in relation to the underlying dyed surface.
Participants will create a set of three related pieces that can be stand-alone images or be incorporated into wearable costumes, jewellery, or to decorate various functional objects such as notebooks as decorative elements.
Skill level of participants- Basic experience in free-machine embroidery.