Frances at Anteros

  • What is it that makes you enjoy textile art and craft so much?

I have stitched all my life, at work and play and indulging this love has introduced me to inspirational tutors and like minded friends to play with and learn from. As textile art is constantly evolving, there is so much to explore.

  • How does TOPstitch enhance your work?
    • Why do you like being part of the group?

I was invited to join TOPstitch after completing a City & Guilds course.  The skills and openness of the members is inspiring and they have helped and encouraged me to extend my work and mix it up with different media.  It is a very broad group with some members following a traditional path and others working in a more contemporary manner, but we are all supportive of each other.  Comments about the development of my work are helpful and constructive, and no one seems to mind that I love rough edges and they cope well with my abstractions.
I really enjoy the challenges we throw at each other, the targets we set ourselves whether it be taking a topic and developing it in sketchbooks or samples, or focussing on exhibiting regularly.  I love looking forward with the group.
TOPstitch has meant that it is not just textile skills that I have gained.  I’ve enjoyed developing my IT skills too. 
Most of all, however, it’s the friendships that I found through being part of the group.

  • Explain your inspirations, where you get them, how you use them.

My inspirations for this exhibition, and other work that I do, include my interest in Anglo-Saxon and Celtic art and artifacts and other early medieval art.  I have used Covid Lockdown to look forwards and back, addressing the fears and hopes that the pandemic brought, and also been inspired by the seasonal changing road verges viewed on my regular walks for exercise.

  • Can you give a brief overarching explanation of the pieces you are exhibiting at Anteros?

I have used three techniques for my pieces in this exhibition:
For the Battersea Shield Quadriptych I abstracted 4 images of the central portion and interpreted them in stitch on woollen backgrounds with needle felting, “gold work” with copper threads, and other embroidery including some canvas work.
The Felt & Stitch Road Verge pieces incorporate simple stitches into mixed fibre needle felted backgrounds.
The abstract Paint and Stitch pieces are a new venture.  Simple stitches enhance textured acrylic painted pieces in which I reflect on isolation during lockdown and the hope for regained freedom and the reports of horrendous wildfires around the globe.

You can read more about Frances here