prism

textile inspired art

prism

textile inspired art

Liz Harding

The landscape of the area round a village on the edge of the Cotswolds has provided me with a rich source of inspiration for some years. It is an ordinary place, no exceptional scenery, just pleasant rural farmland which gives me a sense of ‘place’.
I am interested in what Dormer [The Art of the Maker] calls “informed spontaneity” and the value of experiential knowledge that involves all the senses.
The cloth holds a tangible sense of the physical process of walking along a familiar route, of the regular rhythmic movement of footsteps translated with the regular rhythm of stitch.

TEXTILE PRACTICE
My current practice is underpinned by postgraduate research into the use of cotton organdie used in relation to landscape.
The material is used with paint, dye and stitch. The fine fabric has a semi transparent appearance. It is this quality that allows the viewer to see what is on the front and the back as well as through the surface of the cloth. When used outdoors it has the potential to become a part of the environment in which it is seen.

A warm breeze and the sun on my back Fields in Winter (detail) Up the slope to where the Agrimony grows Hedgerow, Buds turning Pink