Behind the Scenes
This page provides insights into how HUE artists develop their ideas. It aims to explain how new ideas are conceived, demonstrating the ways in which starting points grow, change direction and adjust.
The work described here is separate from the group theme which leads to exhibition (news of which see NEWS page).
There will be regular additions to what is shown here and we hope you will continue to revisit.
With the start of lockdown, and our holidays being cancelled, I went back to the photographs from the various holidays we had taken in past years.
The first set of photographs that I decided to interpret were from glaciers in Greenland, which were taken in 2019 on a cruise from Bergen, Norway to Montreal, Canada. The scenery, through the 60 mile long ‘The Prince Christian Sound’ was spectacular.
The second set of work is based on a visit many years ago to the Blue Lagoon, Iceland.
The photographs that follow are based on a sketch book and work in progress.
I have always been aware that in the world of textiles and embroidery people are generous, willing to share their skills, knowledge and materials; I have benefitted many times from this generosity. Consequently, when a cousin, with whom I had lost contact, emailed and expressed an interest in developing her embroidery skills, it was a genuine pleasure to be able to offer ideas and support. Taking a workshop idea from Gwen Hedley, offered through StitchClub as an online module, we have both worked on pieces which pick out marks made on fabric. These marks were achieved using simple tools, including twigs, chopsticks, bamboo pens, children's building bricks and anything else that would leave a mark.
My cousin and I have stitched and talked, emailed and shared photographs of the developing pieces, using the opportunity to not only share embroidery techniques, but to reminisce on shared childhood experience. Some of these memories took us back to how we both first discovered a love of stitch through our Grandmother and our mothers. The pieces developed, and as we shared them, they increasingly connected us to each other.
It has been both a rewarding and happy few weeks and most importantly we will now remain in touch. The power of embroidery!
Showing sketchbook page: tulip inspirations
Colour scheme try outs with free applique and hand stitch.
I was brought up in a small village near St Ives, Cornwall, and am lucky enough to still be able to visit the area frequently. In my opinion, walks along the beach recharge my creative batteries.
During the lockdowns my horizons changed to the Southeast, but the pull of the Cornish sea remained. I found time to turn out my studio, and came across so many unfinished objects (UFOs) that I decided I should focus my efforts on resolving some of the pieces. I suppose my continuing body of work, and UFOs, are strongly influenced by my love of early morning beach walks, the wonderful ever-changing patterns created by the twice daily tides, and the influence of the weather on the light. I work on my own unique images taken from my photographs, and fabrics created using many types of dying, printing, paper laminations and discharging. As always, in hand-made art works, each piece is unique.