My journey to textile art was somewhat long-winded and started when I studied upholstery and soft furnishings. This made me extremely proficient with the sewing machine. However, I later joined the Embroiderers Guild where I visited many workshops and learnt many techniques, not all necessarily about embroidery, but also about composition, some background painting and use of different media.
A happy coincidence was that an art student spotted my work and it was she who suggested that I should exhibit. This coincided with the establishment of a local group of artists with the purpose of exhibiting together. I have been doing this now several years, making textile pictures, sometimes framed, sometimes not,exhibiting mostly locally. Some work is under glass, others not – it just depends what the subject seems to require. My quilted wall-hangings, however, are never framed or under glass. I have recently been experimenting with acrylic collages and find this very exciting too (see “Over the Water”).
I am very concerned that Textile Art seems to be the poor relative in the art world, probably because we are pretty straightforward, mostly women, and do not describe our work with fancy words or seek to shock the world. However, the images speak for themselves when you visit quilt exhibitions in the UK and overseas.