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Artist Statement

The work I generate I would express as refined, sophisticated, stylish, urban, contemporary, yet traditional, spontaneous, subjective and observant. I create with a desire to explore and satisfy my artistic needs, and to present and promote embroidered fine art.

I produce with 'a needle and thread', as my preferred tools

I have a longing to explore, collect, source, sample, as I continue to be inspired by life, skill, art and talent. I pursue my own style, and build on what experience I have gathered and gained from past design, technique and knowledge.

Designing and planning on what I want to achieve comes in various ways either by a 'spark' of inspiration, from what I have observed, from another influence, what is fashionable at that time or what is required to show what can be achieved with imagination.

Therefore I remain open until I have researched my thoughts, findings and ideas

My results may also develop from technique, from the materials I have available or purchased, or both.

My current work, which is based heavily on stitch, is an amalgamation of contemporary and/or historical design, using traditional fine stitching, unconventional materials, or already acquired threads and fabrics, to produce or create a sample or a piece of art.

I adore historical embroidery, yet I love contemporary off beat textile art, and therefore I work on achieving something that combines these ideas in a cleverly skilled way.

I focus on fine detail, the nuts and bolts of embroidery, using subtle technique and colour blending, to give a finer meticulous finish to my work.

Upcoming classes

Come and join us at the studio or online - we can teach you specific skills or give you a general overview of techniques.

Thu 25th Apr 2024
Cost: £140.00
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Contemporary Whitework taught over 2 days in April and May.
Tue 30th Apr 2024
Cost: £45
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Couching findings, metal threads and wires
Tue 7th May 2024
Cost: £70
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An opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary hand embroidery in Tracy’s studio in Fowlers Yard, Durham City.

Latest blog posts

A Basic Silk Shading Tutorial . . . .
A Basic Silk Shading Tutorial . . . .
5th Aug 2020
Silk-shading uses a number of colours in cotton or silk threads, skilfully blended together to create the natural appearance of a flower, fruit, plant or animal.
TextileArtist.org
TextileArtist.org
12th Feb 2018
Interview with TextileArtist.org which is a great place for textile artists and art enthusiasts to be inspired and communicate with like-minded creatives.