Shirley Wells – Textiles Exhibition

13 – 23 September

An exhibition of twelve silks representing each month of the year and depicting the changing seasons at Textile Artist Shirley Wells local nature reserve.

Artist’s Statement:
For the past twenty years I have concentrated on freelance community arts projects including carnivals, lantern parades and a wide variety of creative projects for numerous organisations and schools. At the same time I was developing my textile jewellery and 3D silk painted scarves to sell at major consumer shows in the UK. I thoroughly enjoy silk painting and freestyle machine embroidery and for some time I had wanted to combine these techniques to create textile wall art. Lockdown gave me the opportunity to bring together my skills and ideas, along with allowing me to take inspiration from nature, which had previously inspired my textile jewellery collections, but now resulted in the creation of the set of twelve silks. I began walking to the nature reserve every day taking photographs of the wildlife and called these walks my C19 walks. I designed the first silk with the intention that it was an experimental piece but as lockdown continued, along with my walks, I realised that I could create a collection of twelve silks with each one representing a month in the year 2020/2021. The set of twelve silks have taken two years to complete with each silk painting being combined with freestyle machine embroidery to capture detail and to quilt the piece, which I then embellish with individual 3D silks, Swarovski crystals and hand embroidered elements.

HAVE A GO AT SILK PAINTING
Saturday 23 September 10am – 3pm
£5 per silk – drop in session during the craft fair no need to book
Silk painting is a very relaxing technique that can be very addictive. This is an opportunity to ‘have a go’ no matter what age you are. No need to book a place, just drop by and you will be provided with all you need with instructions given by Textile Artist Shirley Wells. You will be able to take inspiration from Shirley’s silk painted wall art being exhibited and take your own little masterpiece home with you. No drawing or painting experience required.

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