Widening My Practice

Widening My Practice

As I identify as a multidisciplinary artist, I’m always exploring other mediums. Over the years I have enjoyed the occasional stitching endeavour; nothing too fancy, generally some simple but enjoyable pieces that I find meditative. Lately I have been stitching over my cyanotypes with some geometric designs; my last two ended up as Free Art Friday giveaways, see my Instagram page for an idea.

I have though, admired the work of both Susanna Bauer & Hilliary Fayle, who both create the most fantastical hand stitched/embroidered leaves. Their work is simply stunning and I have wanted to explore this medium for while. And as I inform my studetns, ’emulation is a powerful tool for development and acquiring new skills’, so I thought I had best set by example.

So I went down to the park and collected a mixture of fresh and fallen leaves, popped to the pharmacy for some glycerine and set about preserving them through a four day soak. Once they were washed and suitably dried, I commenced some stitching. I already had some ideas, that were inspired by both Bauer and Fayle, but generally I ‘winged’ it; overall I’m quite satisfied with my first foray into the medium.

This blanket stitch was a fun, if not a testing one to do as the leaf was quite brittle…