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  • Writer's pictureDionne Swift

Silver Lining - Shortlisted!

I am delighted to announce that 'Silver Lining - fresh growth' has been short listed in The Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award Final Selection :-) I'm in extremely good company and I wish everyone the very best of luck - the final outcome is announced at the end of the month.

'Silver Lining - fresh growth' was completed during lockdown [the lockdown instalment!]. It was a piece I'd started maybe 18 months ago, lockdown gave me the time to focus on it again - you may have followed its development in some of my live studio broadcasts. 'Fresh Growth' was added as restrictions were lifted and it felt as if we could all try again...

Dimensions: Height (cm) – 100 Width (cm) – 97

Inspiration: Inspired by speedy and energetic car drawings during long, tedious road trips: my stitches aim to capture the spontaneity of my drawn marks. I completed this piece in the latter stages of lockdown, as restrictions began to ease my monochromatic palette symbolically gave way to new growth, a re-birth of colour and a fresh start. My relief was audible. Uncontrollably, my stitches reflect my state of mind, I am entwined with my process: acting as the conductor of an orchestra of threads, cloth and sewing machine.

Materials: - Wool base fabric with cotton - Viscose - Polyester - Silk - Metallic threads

Technical Information: The fabric has been stained with ink and covered with free machine embroidery.

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