prism

textile inspired art

prism

textile inspired art

Ali Ferguson

Ali draws her inspiration from the every-day: every-day people and every-day things. She explores her fascination with people and their stories, particularly their reflections and memories of ordinary home and working lives.
Text features strongly in her work – either in the form of handwriting taken from old letters and postcards or snippets of conversation - recording words exactly as they are spoken. These she meticulously hand stitches – a slow and thoughtful process that leaves a permanent mark of something that may have previously been deemed as insignificant.


Wherever possible Ali uses discarded materials, believing that materials previously used, washed and worn carry their own stories. The thought that an old piece of clothing is implanted with stories of the wearer or that a piece of vintage table linen holds the secrets of a household excites her imagination.
She layers, patches and pieces these “past fragments” together, combining them with digital print and hand stitch to offer a glimpse into lives all but forgotten or overlooked.

Ali runs a programme of textile related workshops from The Purple Thread Shed - her studio in Roslin, near Edinburgh.

Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland

www.aliferguson.co.uk

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