As a textile artist one of my interests is in making fabric and wearable items .
From inspiration to finished article
The Norfolk Broads has been a large part of my life and these two pictures are evocative of common sights in the Broadland environment.
These two pictures led to the development of a Norfolk Broads inspired Jacket.
The main body of the jacket was made by layering silk fibres on to a lining background. These were then worked over with couched down threads, symbolising the reed fringed margins. The flight of birds was made from silk paper. Those on the right of the picture below were stitched flat on to the fabric while those on the left were raised from the background to give a sense of perspective. The sleeves were made from silk organza which I screen printed. The back had a constructed panel of dyed silks to represent the waterways and this was fringed by a gathered and ruched silk tube; the shapes being inspired by dragonfly bodies. The front facings and lapels were made from wet felting of dyed merino fabrics
Alongside the Broads the Norfolk coast is another source of inspiration.
These sketches were made on a trip along the North Norfolk coast and took in the sea defences along the Wash.
Another constructed fabric.
Made from stitching lengths of fancy yarns on to a soluble fleece background with clear filament.
The fabric was then over-stitched with machine and hand embroidery to give definition to the sea defences, plant life etc. A net fringe was added to the front inspired by the foam at the edge of the shoreline while a green fringe ‘flourish’ was added to one rear corner. The black lacy side panels I made on the sewing machine using an embroidery pattern on soluble fleece. The fabric was mounted on steam shaped buckram, lined with a headdress base attached.
Another interest is in making bags . A recent commission was for a clutch bag for a bride
Mounted on a carcass of shaped pelmet vilene the fabric was silk dupion with a theme of Autumn leaves. The leaves were made on soluble fabric on the sewing machine. They were stitched flat on the back while those on the front were wired and raised from the background. The colours matched the bride’s colour scheme while the design made reference to shapes and colours in the wedding invitation.
A recent example of traditional hand embroidery inspired by Norfolk landscapes
LAKES AND MOUNTAINS.
Inspired by Scottish highland scenery ; its undulating folds, colours and vistas. Wedge shaped sheets of pelmet vilene covered by couched down and stitched textured threads