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Detail of waves crashing onto the sandy shore.


Latest textile art work ...

'A Silvery Sea' was specially created for the Costume & Textile Association's "Silvery Threads" competition, and chosen as a finalist. The artwork was on display in The Hostry at Norwich Cathedral in Oct 2014.

In thinking about a piece incorporating 'silvery threads' in a landscape genre, the sea came to mind. I set out to capture some of the energy and drama in the sea and to mirror the blocks of repeating motifs you observe in the sea by the use of repeating different textural motifs.

The 'Silvery Threads' of the brief are provided by a variety of the silvery yarns available including sari ribbon which has been used in several different ways.

Size: H 76cm x W 51cm x D 6cm

 

Knitted art work of view form the Moors

View from the Moors

In this piece I've used a mixture of inherently textured yarns along with those in which the texture comes from the choice of knitted stitch.

In addition this piece has made use of a small amount of recycled textured 'wooly' material and has been given form by the use of padding to help it stand away from the frame.

Inspired by the idea of looking down from a heathery high point onto the adjoining expanse of boggy moorland and the farmed green valley beyond.

Size: W42cm x H42cm x D7cm

 

knitted art seedheads

Seedheads waving...

In this piece, inspired by printmakers' work and with a bit of a 'vintage' textile feel, I've used a coloured background material (which isn't knitted) for greater variety in texture. I've carried the colours forward and used different stitch textures to add to the sense of vertical movement.

I've added further layering from 'waving' seed headsand small, modest budded flowers; all stand out a bit from the surface. The overall effect is a moment captured in a sunny wild garden.

Size: W 50cm x H 38.5cm

 

detail of tree

detail of wool and woven pieces knitted in patchwork together

detail 1 (of the tree)...using a variety of warps and some creative wefts this bark is full of interest.

 

 

detail 2 (of the background)...using large needles and patching the shapes as I went I love the mix of tones and textures.

tree and wood with help from Lauras Loom
 

Laura's wood...

I've used wonderfully slubby wool patched together with woven selveges to create a very tactile ground layer and background for the tree. The tree itself was woven using a few tricks to give it greater texture and variety.

I've used padding (recycled wool-mix textile material) to make the tree stand forward a little from the background. This piece was on show at the knitting & Stitching Shows in 2013 and people loved the texture and couldn't resist touching it!.

Size : W 34cm x H 64 cm

 




detail 1 (of the tree)...knitted in cable pattern, stitches picked up and knitted into branches.

 

 

 


detail 2 (of the fence)...the knitted posts were joined by wire of two different gauges to add greater degree of perspective.

 

Winter tree and fence ...

In this winter landscape I wanted the colours to portray that coolness of winter chill and I was looking for a contrast in texture between the gnarly tree and the fluffy light snow and to convey that sense of lightness and airiness when we see a snow scene.

I also wanted to play with perspective by adding onto the surface the fence.

Size : W 28cm x H 68 cm

 


 

Woolly caterpillar

This little character was created for the Woolly Woods exhibition 2013 (Canopy Arts at the National Trust's Acorn Bank near Penrith). Created entirely with 100% wool materials.

Size : W 17cm

 

Autumn woodland

I was keen to get lots of texture into the forest floor by using a variety of different stitches layered together; I also wanted a lot of depth between front and back of the wood.

At the Knitting and Stitching shows several people said it reminded them of David Hockney's Big Woods pictures. They do have a similar composition and colour palette but we arrived at them independently (I hadn't seen his and he hadn't seen mine!)

Size : W 79cm x H 61cm

Lake District misty view

For this piece I wanted the different textures to match closely the impression of form in the 'real' world, particularly with regard to the mist rolling over the mountain and the watery reflections. There was a particular challenge to this tryptich as the pieces had to match up across the lakeshore horizon line.

Size: Each W 25cm x H 70cm

Autumn leaves

For this piece I interpretted the woodland subject more abstractly and the canopy of red leaves were incorporated into a light-weight wire frame which makes them stand out from the background, as does the birch tree on the left.

It makes for a wonderful shading effect and changes throughout the day and into the evening as the light changes around it.

Size: W 54cm x H 48cm

Abstract circles of landscape life

I was inspired by a work of Kandinsky to produce a colourful collection of circles all influenced by a texture or pattern in the world around us. The pieces draw on natural and urban features for their substance and are displayed on a background of felt squares.

Size: W 75cm x H 61cm

Over the Wall

This is adopting a naive/folk-art style to create a piece that mirrors how it feels to go walking and peer over walls to see what's happening beyond.

The wall in the foreground was stuffed for extra prominence and to give the idea of a physical barrier to the view beyond.

Size: W 75cm x H 62cm

Detail from 'over the wall'.


It is both challenging and satsifying to introduce smaller elements of detail into a subject that it for the most part big in scale.

Left : Detail from Yorkshire Dales.
Pieces were knitted in random shapes to fit together, stitches were added on top and knitted to make the dividing walls.

 

Yorkshire Dales

this was taken from a photograph and is a textural replication of how the landscape actually appears. It derives its drama from a crop that eliminates the sky and focuses on the way the different use of land, some man-made and some natural lends diversity to the landscape.

I loved the way the landscape divided itself up by colour and texture; the pattern made a pleasing composition perfect for the medium.

Size: W 27cm x H 72mm

 

Woodland animal magic

This piece was commissioned for a client who wanted as many 'animals' in as possible; it combines knitting (including a knitted stuffed badger head) with 3-d felting which gives the picture a lot of depth.

Some of the smaller-scale details are shown below.

 

Size: W 50cm x H 40 cm

 

Left : Detail from Woodland animal magic.
The Fly Agaric fungi is the one we all love with its wonderful colour and spots; this one was stuffed for extra roundness.


 

Right : Detail from Woodland animal magic.
This very small owl hiding in the mossy tree was created by 3-d felting.

 

 

Left : Detail from Woodland animal magic.
The bee was french knitted and stuffed then wings were knitted with cling film and wrapped wire used for legs.


 

Right : Detail from Woodland animal magic.
Butterfly in 3-d felting

 

A big thanks to Photography by Ward for the all the great photos showing so much detail and texture.