I've been getting the embroidery itch lately - a deep desire to pick up some cloth and stitch! It's been quite awhile since I've done any, knitting taking a forefront in my fibers work lately. So while looking at contemporary embroidery artists, I came across UK artist Dorothy Tucker.
Her works are inspired/informed by the Bangladesh and Bengali embroidery form of Kantha. Pieces of old fabric (like sari silks) are pieced together with stitching to form cushions and quilts. Dorothy uses found fabrics and a running stitch to both draw them together and draw pictures.
In her artist statement, she also talks about using digital prints of landscapes, adding layers of fabric and areas of stitching, in creating her works.
It was this that got my imagination going! I'm just beginning work on a piece using these techniques - it should be ready to show you in a week or two! And I may have finally found something to do with the old botanical print files I've been collecting!
In the meantime, be sure to check out Dorothy's work at the Textile Study Group here. And she does give workshops in Kantha - the classes for 2017 appear to be finished, but keep an eye on her page here for next year.
Happy Creating! Deborah