This free machine embroidered textile piece is part of a collection of works based on drawings from a recent road trip from the Netherlands down to Italy.  I drew hastily as the car wound around the curving tracks and long monotonus roads - adding pleasure, pressure and adrenaline to the process/journey.

The vitalitily of the drawings is captured in my approach to stitch: It need not be static and twee, but lively, spontaneous and energising.

Cotton, wool and viscose threads are used on heavy wool cloth: I play with thread tension and  thickness to develop a mark making vocabularly akin to painting
Watch a recent interview to hear some of my thoughts on the development of my work

This piece is approx 40 x 40 cm, sensitively attached to a discreet batten allowing the artwork to flow and undulate natuarally.

Road Trip


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