I am a member of this group of seven textile artists. We came together in 2012 while studying for a Foundation Degree in Stitched Textiles at Eastleigh College, Hampshire. Although we share a common ethos, our individual interests are wide ranging and encompass typography, the land and the landscape, African themes, story telling, ecology, movement and dance. The aim of the group is to provide continuing support and challenge for individual members textile practice and to provide a framework within which to exhibit on a regular basis.
To find out more about this group please visit: http://www.marksandstitch.com
Here is a selection of our work shown in our hugely successful Marks and Stitch Show in July 2013 and at NEC Birmingham Show in March 2014. As individuals our work is very distinct, as a group we work extremely well together demonstrated by what turned out to be a fantastic exhibition.
Alison Hulmes’ popular pinnies and bags are screen-printed using autobiographical ideas and work she has completed over the course.
Jan McGarry travels to Africa and her work is based on her excellent wild life photos. This work is called ‘Zebras and More’. She has stitched for days and on water-soluble fabric.
Janet Steer’s work is called a ”Walk in the Mountain Arranged According to the Laws of Chance”. She has used maps to memories of time and space. She has spent days weaving and spinning the maps to produce these pieces.
Catherine Fox has been studying the essence of movement in dance. She has been collaborating with several local groups of dancers and these long cloths are the result. She is very much into the use of gestural drawing in her work.
Caroline Bell’s contribution is entitled ‘A Common Thread’ which was a study of Southampton Common. She uses natural materials found on the Common to Eco dye her work and then uses hand stitched marks to enhance her pieces.
Louise Wainwright’s work @wiltshiredawn was a study of the dawn chorus. It involved a lot of early rising! Her work is delicate and very thoughtfully achieved.
My work is inspired by the Downlands of Sussex. This piece was based on the Ems Valley after a snowfall. I enjoyed using vibrant colours to depict this winter landscape.