This textile landscape depicts sheep grazing in The South Downs National Park in East Sussex (during the springtime). The plants and trees depicted are hawthorn, thistles and vetch. The construction methods (i.e. the types of sewing / stitching techniques that were used) are beading (using glass and metallic beads), stitching (stab stitch, dab stitch, tent stitch, running stitch), wrapping (using a wire skeleton as a base to wrap cotton, wool and fabric), appliqué (sewn layered fabric), tatting (thread, wrapped around, twisted or knotted), fabric (linen, hessian, cotton, muslin, satin, wool, calico and leather). I am a purest and never use glue or a sewing machine. This textile landscape image took approximately 8 weeks to complete and comes framed, as seen in the image above. The dimensions are as follows: Height 67.3cm, Width 70.5cm, Depth 7.3cm, Weight 6000g.
Textile Landscapes of The South Downs National Park
Since childhood, I have been inspired by the changing moods of South Downs, and fascinated by the diverse range of flora and fauna which thrive here (including rare birds, snakes and lizards, butterflies and grasshoppers, and many species of fragile native plants). To my delight, on the 12th of November 2009, Hilary Benn (Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) announced that the South Downs has received National Park status, and confirmed its boundary. The South Downs National Park officially came into being on the 31st of March 2010. My project, ‘Textile Landscapes of The South Downs National Park’, is a celebration of this important event.
Professionally Framed Unique Artwork
All of the textile artwork / creative hand embroidery on this website is sold professionally framed by the fantastic Brighton based framers, Leo Frames. The exceptionally high quality frames that you see in the photographs are all hand made from wood by a master craftsperson. The price of each piece of work already includes the price of the frame, so there are no hidden extras when you purchase from me. If you purchase one of my artworks, please treat it with care and try to avoid hanging it in direct sunlight as this may cause discolouration over time.
Perfect Gifts for Special Occasions
Due to the hand made nature of the work that I produce and the subject matter depicted in my work, these one-off artworks make excellent and unique gifts for nature lovers and anyone who appreciates the beauty of the natural world. In the past, I have been commissioned to make unique pieces for special occasions, including birthdays, wedding anniversaries, christenings and Christmas presents, so please get in touch if this is something that interests you.