Since its inception in 1973 Textile Study Group owes its place as one of the leading textile art group in the United Kingdom to the prodigious talents of its members. Therefore although a member may decide not to continue as a full member the group has always felt that their contribution over time should still be recognised.
My work reflects the passion I have for the woods, hills and valleys of my local landscape on the edge of the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire. The year’s seasonal cycle and the unpredictable British weather provide me with ever changing inspiration. The light on the land which creates shadow and reveals form and texture is especially noticeable during the winter months, my favourite time of year.
Current research is C16th & C17th English historical embroidered textiles, investigation and passing on my knowledge to students to better understand these fascinating embroideries. Tudor caps and coifs: Wrought with blakke silke: Unravelling Tudor stitches: Curious needleworkes: Stitch by Stitch are some of the courses I teach in USA, Canada, Australia and UK.
I am a freelance artist and lecturer using paint, print, dyed silk and thread to create stitched wall hangings, panels, paintings and scarves. Light and colour are the key factors in my practice which draws its inspiration from landscape, gardens and my travels to eastern and central Europe.
Affiliated group website: www.newembroiderygroup.com
I constantly draw, paint, photograph and collage in order to collect enough reference material to create a body of work. Paperwork is my starting point for my textile pieces. I love to use traditional techniques in a contemporary way, to stitch on painted paper alongside reverse appliqué or embellished fabric. Throughout my career as a lecturer these techniques have developed more into mixed media while maintaining stitch as an important element.
Trained as a painter, I now increasingly combine textiles with paint and collage feeling this form of mixed media is ideal for interpreting different themes. Much inspiration has come from the Scottish landscape and the marks and scars left on the land by generations of landowners and crofters.
JULIE ERICA SAUNDERS
The collecting and layering of cloth, incorporation of meaningful text and assembling simply stitched pieces has been the consistent approach in my work. The work is underpinned by family history and new works explore ‘Presence in Absence’ where my pieces extend beyond the personal and connect with others via this universal theme.