Colour studies of gradients moving through shades to reach corresponding compliments. Gentle blends of spraypaint create the background and inspiration for the stitches. Voids and blanks shapes draw in and confuse the eye. (The colours are beautiful but very difficult to photograph, apologies for the various expressions of colour, the detail shot is closest)
Single Colour Gradients
Single colour studies and exploration of fades, gradients and geometry. What does the eye do when confronted with an unusual presentation of colour, what happens when voids of colour are created with different materials?
Sheila Bownas was a prolific artist and textile designer working in the 60’s and 70’s. I was asked to produce some needlepoint pieces inspired by her work as part of an exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery.
Sheila had such a variety of output it was easy to find inspiration. I applied my various methods of working to four of her designs. Some images were simplified, redrawn digitally with filters and gradients then turned into digital stitch patterns, others were hand drawn. The resulting artwork is varied and interesting. It will be on display, along with a range of my other work, until early September 2016.
Maze of Shapes
With this serious of artworks I've used unstitched areas of canvas to create another vista. The maze, or path formed is a much part of the artwork as the stitched areas. This translates effectively to graphic prints.
Inner thoughts is an ongoing project exploring how we express our thoughts and relate to the thoughts of others.
Playing with shape and colour and inspired by a quote from the novelist Dorothy Whipple;
“If we could be seen thinking, we would show blown bright one moment, dark the next, like embers; subject to every passing word and thought of our own or other people's, mostly other people's.”
Colour Chord is an exploration of colour and contrasts and what occurs when randomness is applied in parts.
The artworks started life as a digital drawing, a large version was stitched then a smaller version created from that. The pixelated versions were created later and printed with small sections of stitched windows. Scale and colour contrast constantly evolving in a cycle of digital - stitch - print - digital - stitch.
It is difficult to decide which versions of the artworks are most successful with the prints even more vibrant than the originals. Available to purchase here.
Colour Pulse is an exploration of colour, compliments and contrasts. The various artworks started life as a digital drawings then moved into the realm of stitch and back to digital again. Once several large stitched artworks were complete the next stage of pixelated versions were created and then sections of these turned again into stitch. Scale and colour contrast constantly evolving in a cycle of digital - stitch - print - digital - stitch.
Artworks range in scale from approx. A4 - A2, some are available to purchase here.
100 Days was a project I joined on a whim via Instagram. The object being to do something creative everyday for 100 days. I came up with the idea of 100 stitches per day creating 100 stitched abstracts. After a few days I created a vague colour plan but the artwork itself was totally freeform, I had no idea what I was going to stitch until the needle hit the canvas.
I love how it evolved, it entertained me (during a tricky time) and gradually became something whole. I've converted the final tapestry into a print that I've made available in a limited edition of 100.
Binary is a series of printed and stitched artworks using grayscale, primary colours and their variations. Inspired by a glitch, fleetingly glimpsed on a laptop screen, Binary exposes contrasts between the solidity and homeliness of stitch and the momentary flash of the digital.