My work continues to evolve and develop and is very much an emotional response to nature and the changing seasons. I’m intrigued by how shadow and light influence the image of a subject, and how this influences the mood and atmosphere of the subject.
I’m particularly interested in the movement of hedgerow plants and wild flowers and try to capture how they move in the breeze by using my sewing machine needle, just as an artist would use a pencil or brush.
I believe that ‘Stitched Art is Art’ and this is recognised in my work by S.E.W (The Society For Embroidered Work) of which I am a member.
Spending time outdoors has never been so important, COVID-19 Pandemic has impacted on lives and the positive benefits that nature has on a mental health and well-being is enormous. Through my textile art I strive to promote nature’s beauty and seek an emotional responses from the viewer. Some comments include the words, beautiful, ethereal and thought provoking.
Currently I am working on a series of abstract free motion machine stitching embroidery panels, depicting the Four Seasons and using the analogy of Strength and Fragility, to represent how individual threads are fragile, but weaved and stitched together they are strong. I equate this to the importance of social contact and the emotional support we can gain from human contacts.
The process of trapping fibres, snippets of fabric and threads between Solvy fabric soluble stabiliser and washing away to reveal delicate and semi transparent embroidery designs. These are displayed in floating frames, allowing the light to filter through onto the threads, just as the sunlight would illuminate plants in nature.
Additionally to the Four Seasons Collection I am working on a large 1 metre linen fabric panel, starting with sketching the dancing shadows of a thornless rose, using inktense pencils to add shading, then adding definition and movement using free motion sewing and embellishing. This work is to represent the merging and overlapping of the changing Seasons during the past 12 months.
I’m a member of Midlands Textile Forum and have both online and planned venue exhibitions. I’m also exhibiting online with Worcestershire open studios.
I have worked collaboratively with other textile artists to deliver online challenges on Instagram (@sylviesew) and I enjoy the challenge of meeting the prompts criteria and meeting the deadlines.
I have submitted a panel for The Covid Chronicles which is a joint textile project portraying personal thoughts about the Covid Journey. I chose a figurative style depicting the rhyme Ring O’ Roses, linking the plague to the current pandemic. A mixed media style of newspaper chain figures, appliqué and stitching. The completed tapestry will be exhibited across the country and proceeds will go to the MIND charity.
I’m intrigued by the process of extending my textile art into producing more 3D design and abstract work, experimenting and trying new ways to produce art using unusual and recycled material. I like the idea of making sustainable art for the home and the garden and to connect the two areas, bring nature into the home and taking textile themes outdoors. Although I am primarily a textile artist, I would like to explore the possibilities of using materials that have similar properties to textile materials, in particular ones that represent ‘Fragility and strength’
Additionally I am interested in figurative art and would like to explore the possibilities of extending this into semi abstract sculptured.