My hand painted textiles reflect a pleasure in working with dye and cloth. I specially enjoy because cloth so readily absorbs colour and texture. There is something profoundly satisfying about translating a flat design onto cloth, which is essentially a three-dimensional medium. I give an image a completely different life and meaning by the cloth when it is worn or used by us. Furthermore, I like to think that fabric absorbs emotions and memories through constant use. Clearly as it is living matter, it decays and gets used up. It is not permanent in the way a painting or a photograph can be. I hope that my work on silk and velvet, whether made into scarves or men’s ties will reflect the joy I have experienced in the process.
PRINTED SILK SCARVES
From time to time I have available digitally printed silk scarves featuring my horse drawings. These crepe de chine scarves are printed and hand-finished to a high quality by a specialist company in Evesham, Worcestershire. This silk drapes very well and has a beautiful texture. For more details please click here
I have worked with this high quality viscose and silk velvet for many years, and although I prefer to focus on drawing and painting these scarves remain a firm favourite. The velvet has a luxurious feel and takes the dye very well, so that the scarves have brilliant glowing colours. I enjoy the freedom of working with dye, and I make a small quantity from time to time. To find out more please click here.
My ties are hand-made by an expert craftsman. I myself dye and paint pieces of silk, and he cuts four ties from each piece, so that no tie is ever identical to another. The ties come in two widths at broadest point, narrow (70 mm wide) and conventional (90 mm wide), and are made from the finest quality Crepe de Chine silk. These ties make an unusual statement and have a faithful and appreciative following. The ties are usually only available at my selling events (see Events Page for more information).
I enjoy using hand painted textiles as a medium for ideas. In 2010 I made a series of pieces for the Ropewalk Gallery in Barton upon Humber. I was inspired by Ostia, the ancient port of Rome, and how the past is constantly present.
I hope to explore this further.