Textiles • Blue Route
I work in the medium of fibre and silks creating felted and stitched paintings which explore colour, texture and form. My vibrant and considered artworks are in sympathy with the natural beauty of the land and seascapes of Dumfries and Galloway.
Images of studio
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I am an artist living and being inspired to create on the beautiful Mull of Galloway where I relocated in 2016 to develop my work. My formal training at degree level in fine art, mainly abstract painting in 1982 inspired my passion for colour and texture. Around 2005 I found fibre and felt making which has a contemporary art platform which I have been continually exploring, using this as my primary medium.
Matisse, Picasso and Howard Hodgkin have had a long-standing influence on my work and from an early age, I have loved the exploration of colour. I expect the viewer to delight in the interplay of contrasting and complimentary colours of fibre and associated textured embellishments incorporated in my work, achieving my desired results.
In using this tactile medium, I feel I can show sympathy with the subject producing vibrant and delicately worked pieces which have themselves a symphony of their own. I hope to nod to the original landscapes in colour, structure, texture and form with the luscious and vibrant medium of felt and fibre.
I have extended my art practice with new approaches to painting with felt and exploration of 3D forms such as vessels and containers.
A conversation with three artists on the Mull of Galloway.
Tools & Materials
My studio is located at my home at the Mull of Galloway with far reaching views over Luce Bay and the Isle of Man. I am very inspired by the landscape. I have an extensive range of merino and bergschafe pure wool fibre which I use to create both 2D and 3D works. I have a large electric felting machine which I can use to make much larger pieces and pre-felts. I also have a carding machine which I use to mix fibres together, creating carded batts for my work.
For my free stitching, I have two very old Bernina sewing machines and a large range of speciality sewing threads.
I incorporate a wide range of complementary materials such as sheets of silk, hand spun wool, silk threads, wool nepps, banana fibre, viscose and mulberry silk.
Examples of work
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Spring Fling Activity
There will be demonstrations each day of wet felting and free stitching and ‘have a go’ sessions suitable for age 3+.
Spring Fling Friends Offer
Free gift with purchase and entry into free prize draw.
Smiddy Cottage, Mull of Galloway, Drummore, Stranraer, DG9 9HP
My studio, gallery and toilet are all ground floor with ramps available on request. Parking all on one level with no steps.
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Disabled Parking
- Family Friendly
- Parking (10 spaces)
- Credit/debit cards accepted
- Open through the year
Visiting my studio
Visitors to my studio will experience seeing a full-time textile artist’s working studio and a gallery space where I exhibit finished pieces of work as well as works in progress.
I inspire people to create using the medium of felt making and textiles as a fine art form.
Visitors will be able to look at my inspiration sources for my felted paintings. These take the form of sketchbooks, drawings, photographs as well as felt making books and magazines. I will be able to inform visitors how I arrive at my final compositions. This will include handling fibre, seeing how fibre is blended on a carding machine, handling silks and other embellishments that I use to create surface texture in my work. I can also demonstrate my techniques for enhancing my paintings using free motion stitching.
Over the last year I have developed new 3D sculptural felt vessels, exploring different types of fibre to those I normally use in my paintings. This has involved a lot of experimentation and testing, designing and refining new resist shapes which are used as the basis for any 3D felted form.
Visitors will also be able to see ‘The Hideaway’, our newly created accommodation space perfect for artists or beginners looking for tranquil and beautiful surroundings with access to studio space and bespoke felt making courses. The inspirational scenery is stunning.
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