Shirley

I have always been interested in textiles and have made things nearly all of my life. My grandmother, who was a tailoress, taught me to knit and my mother was handy with a sewing machine too. I actually trained in Fine Art but taught Art, Textiles and Ceramics for more than 30 years.

Once I retired I had the time to develop my own contemporary textiles work and I enjoy employing a wide range of techniques and materials to create pieces of textile art, I particularly love colour and texture. Often I use dense machine stitching on top of layered fabrics to create both 2D and 3D forms, but I also enjoy printing, dyeing, and ‘drawing’ with fibres. My inspiration comes from many different sources ranging from the natural world and landscapes to weathered and distressed surfaces, but recent works have been inspired by atmosphere and pattern in the landscape.

I have been a member of Ribble Creative Stitchers for almost 10 years now and am currently Chairman. I thoroughly enjoy the wide range of workshops that the group organises, there is always something new to learn from other members as well as from the great range of tutors who come to work with us.