Notes from the Studio

I’ve been busy in the studio for the last couple weeks, fitting in sampling sessions around my teaching. The bad weather gave me the chance to spend even more time researching and making new designs using the 6D software.

I’ve been looking back at samples from Fragments: An Archive, a group exhibition at Sunny Bank Mills in 2017 as well as my drawings and images from my last visit to the archive.

Sample Board
Sample Board

Inspired by my Heydays class at The West Yorkshire Playhouse, I’ve been experimenting with different fabrics and backgrounds for my stitched designs. I found some great hand felted fabrics that I would like to replicate and stitch into.

Felt Samples
Felt Samples

I’ve used Tyvek fabric in previous work for Time & Tide where I painted, stitched and collaged this non woven textile to add texture to a stitched design. Tyvek is used by museums and galleries to wrap and label their collections. with this in mind I wanted to make some labels which I could stitch into and distort.

Stitching in Progress - Tyvek Labels
Stitching in Progress – Tyvek Labels
Distorted Tyvek Label
Distorted Tyvek Label

Alongside my pieces for Saltaire Art Trail in May, I’ve been continuing my work for Archive & Other Stories which opens in September this year at Whitby Museum.

Inspired by a commission from Love Arts in 2017, I’ve been stitching the journey from my childhood home in Sherburn in Elmet to Whitby. This route has been spreading across the studio which is usually the case when I’m working on multiple projects!

Stitched Journey
Stitched Journey

I’ve also been working on a piece that tells the story of my last family holiday in 1995. Looking at the dolls from the Whitby Museum collection I have started to sample some ideas.

Sample Board
Sample Board

I’ve discovered that it’s hard to get feedback from my husband and friends as they are all scared of dolls! I’m really happy with the pieces I’ve made so far which incorporate doll pieces from a Scarborough antique shop.

You can see more of my work in progress on social media, links in the sidebar.

 

 

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