Pam was invited by a friend to join a City & Guilds embroidery course to “play with paper, glue, inks and dyes!” This led to a growing interest in embroidery, colour mixing and using different fabrics to create a range of effects. Her work now is varied, but her favourite techniques are layering and cutting-back; usually to create designs based on nature due to her horticultural background and experiences.
Sally’s work covers a wide field of expertise, which incorporates such techniques as surface texture, dyeing, printing, hand/machine embroidery. Colour being the driving force behind most of her work, enhancing the ideas evolved from her sketch books, images, found objects and childhood memories.
Kathleen joined the group following City & Guilds Part 2 in Patchwork & Quilting. She has not yet found a definite style & is still experimenting with both traditional and innovative ideas. Currently this involves curved piecing using various techniques.
I am interested in the changes that occur over time, both natural and imposed. My particular area of interest lies in the alterations that Man has made upon the landscape and I have been paralleling these with the tarnishing processes of C18th metal thread embroidery. Both have been subject to change through time.
I attempt to capture the essence of those changes in a contemporary manner using paper and stitch.
She is particularly interested in using her own photographs (often digitally manipulated) in wall pieces or speciality handmade books that can be displayed as 3D structures. She is currently exploring the landscape of the Lake District using a combination of her own photos and a variety of textile techniques including hand and needle made felt.
Initially, Elizabeth's handmade books featured photos of her own family or were made for friends as gifts, but their popularity has now led her to offer a commissioning service. They are an effective and unusual way of displaying those special photographs. Further details can be obtained by contacting her through email.
Elizabeth has recently joined Made In Cumbria as a way of bringing her work to a wider audience.
Sue originally followed a science based education and qualified as a maths teacher. She found developing the creative side of her brain, as a mature student, a powerful experience but one that she can thoroughly recommend.
Recently she has been exploring techniques which utilise the digital camera and the computer as a starting point for design.
The interpretation of layers and edges with architecture, particularly Japanese, has led to the use of ochres (a limited palette of colours). The discipline of a more minimalist approach to her current work allows every aspect to be examined and evaluated as to its true value within a piece. This has brought a clearer understanding of her own personal development within the wide world of textiles.