Christine Cook

Christine Cook

My main source of inspiration comes from walking in the local country side and enjoying my surroundings. I do take photos and make sketches. I use both hand and machine stitching in my work. I also use an embellisher to blend various fabrics together. I often use cold water soluble fabric to make light lacey pieces. Mostly I work in an intuitive way and experiment with fabrics, colours and mixed media.

Helen Hyde

Helen Hyde

I live in Bath and construct my work from home. My surroundings are important to me and I am incredibly fortunate to be encircled by woods, fields and beautiful views.

Since childhood I have always loved playing with paints and textiles and I seek to explore new techniques, not to be daunted by the blank canvas or have creativity crippled by insisting on perfection, but to continue to play. “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”  Pablo Picasso.

Currently I am experimenting with wax, water and heat on paper and material to create variations in the colours and textures. I am also learning how to incorporate machine embroidery.

I am inspired by shifting light, colour, shapes and patterns; light filtering through leaves. The surface and detail of rock pools, stones, lichen. Antique textiles; functional but treasured possessions crafted by skilled artisans, also influence my work because of their colours, patterns, symbols and decorative simplicity.

Many of my images include circles. For me they represent eternity and God’s act of Creation. Circles are natural, we see them everywhere, the sun, moon, stars, planet earth. Somehow the shape of a circle draws the viewer into whatever symbolic message the centre may hold.

I use a variety of techniques and materials to create images but I am particularly fascinated by wax, used both on material and paper. On material the wax saturates the surface and an incandescent effect materialises, reminiscent of a stained glass window. On paper it creates lustre.

My faith is an essential part of my life, and infuses my art. C S Lewis expresses it far better than I ever could; “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

Currently my aim is to create meaningful art that causes people to pause from their everyday busy lives and contemplate more than materialism; to appreciate the beauty of nature. My desire is to create beautiful art in a place that allows respite from inner turmoil or grief in order to transcend and transport people somewhere calm and sacred, if only for a moment.

My work has been used in a variety of venues, including a prison, church, a local village passion play and healing centre.

Cate Fox

Cate Fox

I try to make pieces of work that I hope will make people think about hand sewn textiles in a different way.

I work from sketch books which I use to record  and work out my ideas including experimental and test pieces.

My designs range from repeat and abstract patterns to floral and fish pictures, I try to include found and re used objects and these are often the starting point of a piece of work.

I also like to incorporate metal and mirrored glass into my work to produce a textured surface which plays with light.

Heather Martin

Heather Martin
A member of Bath Textile Artists for around 25 years, I joined when my specialism was embroidered and decorated original clothing. I produced one off garments to commission, and still do so occasionally.

Now, the items I produce tend to be wall-hung artwork, using a range of textile techniques, including hand and machine stitch, paint and print.

Themes are wide ranging and ideas spring from personal research, travel and the local environment. I have lead a number of community projects and worked in many schools as artist –in – residence. Currently I also teach drawing in adult education classes.

Barbara Butler

Barbara Butler

I came to art and embroidery late in life, after training as a scientist. The ‘discovery’ of the texture and colour in fabric and thread came as a revelation and left me looking at the world through very different eyes from which I had observed it before. I now see beauty in unusual places. Even the water stains on the concrete of an underground car park send me burrowing into my bag for a camera or a sketchbook; while passers by look on bemused.

To express unlikely patterns and colours in the wonderful array of threads and fabrics available gives me great joy, which I hope passes on to the observers of my work.

Liz Balmforth

Liz Balmforth

Thoughts on the ‘Here to There’.

An extraordinary holiday to the Hebrides’, Orkney, Shetland and Faroes, last summer led to many unknown and amazing facts about the life led on these very different islands.

The buildings and archaeological sites previously unknown to me, the artefacts created for life for these remote islands. I was transported , from the ‘here’ of the 21st century, back to the ‘there ‘ of prehistoric , and early history. The struggle for life through the weather , the sea, invaders, and colonisers . Simple boats, dwellings, crafting, textiles, built and made to withstand the weather, winds, and seas of these remote places.
Even we in June, in a small but substantial ship, felt the power of the inclement weather, whipping winds, squally showers , and quite bitter temperatures.

My pieces are a reflection of the beauty of the artefacts I saw, and their survival, from the ‘ back there’.

 

Suzy Wright

Suzy Wright

I am a textile artist, basing my work on the local landscape.

I produce cotton drawings on a calico surface painting a variety of colours with a needle.

I take my inspiration from the forest and the sea. From the fresh catch on the fishing boats coming into the harbour to the assortment of mushrooms the foragers bring home, I wanted to create a series of work that felt real and came to life.

When I finish a picture I leave the embroidery thread hanging loose, leaving the fabric to distort under the pressure. I like to give the picture the freedom to distort in its own way.

Margaret Heath

Margaret Heath

I have been a member of Bath Textile Artists since 2002 and I am a member of Marlborough and District Embroiderer’s Guild and a founder member of Beyond the Green; a small group who work together with occasional exhibitions, having finished Parts 1 And 2 of City and Guilds Creative Embroidery. All of us had a desire to continue working in the field of textiles following all the enjoyment that was experienced with the City and Guilds course.

I have managed the work for two large collaborative commissions of public embroidery stitched by members of Marlborough Embroiderer’s Guild. The Upper Kennet Valley Hall Embroidery was finished in 2010 after 4 years work. We are presently working on another for the Prospect Hospice Outreach Centre, Savernake Hospital, Marlborough.

Hannah Casey

Hannah Casey

Hannah is one of our newest and youngest members, works primarily using hand embroidery, combining it with mixed media, print and photography.

Taking inspiration from natural shapes and movements, Hannah works with a mix of bright colours in an abstract and refreshing way, using simple stitches to create interesting patterns and beautiful detail within her pieces.

Gloria Pugh

Gloria Pugh
Textile Artist

I take my inspiration from the natural world. My work concentrates on hand weaving interpreting landscape or specific natural details into an abstract form.

I use mixed media techniques to provide the interest and detail in the work, and include both hand and machine embroidery to enhance the detail.

On a recent holiday in France I drew inspiration from the unique architecture and the rustic charm of the countryside. The houses with faded shutters from a powerful sun and flowers growing in informal gardens shaped my most recent work.