In Focus

I’ve been busy trying to finish my artwork for the exhibition ‘In Focus, Stitching’ with the Great Western Embroiderers at Swindon Art Gallery and Museum. I joined the group last spring and have gradually worked on the pieces since the autumn. Inspired by the museum’s photographic collection I was instantly attracted to the Woodfield Studio collection. The glass plates had deteriorated over the intervening years( not sure of the dates) which have given the images some wonderful marks.

Using old household linen as samplers, I created layers of domestic stains and tatters using stitch,tea,fabric paint and fabric to convey the passage of time. As ever I had too many ideas but eventually as the handing in date loomed I brought the 6 of them together into a ‘quilt’.

The title “The Family Album” came quite early on, combining the photographic and domestic references together. I wanted to convey the theme ‘we are all connected’ that often emerges in my artwork. It’s been a wonderful opportunity to really push myself and as the title says keep me in focus.

The exhibition opens on the 25th May and is on until the 7th September. Members of the group will be working at the gallery on various dates throughout that period. I’m going to work on a stitched stained table cloth piece that visitors can add to. I can’t wait to see all the group’s work finally brought together. I’ve really enjoyed the experience and the work that has come from it.

I’ve also been working with my daughter Hannah to develop a website. This is now live but as with most things a work in progress –


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