Then members began to chat.
A great deal of chatting in fact but also an industrial mood of stitching as well. What a variety of techniques, from continuing ‘Wessex Stitchery’, with Chris Cannon on hand to help once more, to cross stitch, felted pieces, crewel work and many more.
Can you spot the techniques ?
After many cups of tea and coffee and roars of laughter the morning session came to an end. Everyone had had time to circulate and ask questions of others’ work. It appeared to have been a very enjoyable and productive morning.
The exhibition titles challenged her ideas and with titles like ‘Grid’ and ‘On or Off the Wall’ she began to make concertina books and pieces made with equilateral triangles with words printed on to them. She uses ‘Tissutex’ in different weights, the finer weight being suitable for overlaying onto other materials, so edges blend into the background.
Developing her work further she introduced the use of Atlases, which have more colour and a higher quality of paper.
Elizabeth completed her City and Guilds in the mid-eighties and has exhibited regularly with different groups including ‘Page, Paper, Stitch’ and with ‘Green Door’, a South Lakes group of artists.
She began by making blank books with her embroidery projects and then decided to introduce words into her work.
She began to use maps when the Ordnance Survey changed their maps to include “right to roam” areas. Using maps from Cumbria and North Yorkshire she explored lots of different structures from flat forms to 3D. This work was ready for her first visit to the Leeds Book Fair.
Her work has developed to use guide books, old dictionaries and music scores, fitting the little books into printers’ trays.
'The Organ’ was written onto strips of paper and rolled into tubes and arranged to represent the organ pipes. A long line poem was made into a Japanese Book.
Hope to see you all then. Meanwhile keep stitching!