I trained at Central Saint Martins, London and graduated with a first class degree in woven textiles in the early ‘90s
Inspired by the natural environment, I worked with plant dyes and fibres to create tensions and contrasts in the woven structures I formed – an area of handweaving which I found fascinating and focused on repeatedly.
My time as Textile Fellow at the Yorkshire Craft Centre allowed me to continue to explore woven structures and begin to explore the addition of stitched and cut work. Motifs and natural forms, inspired by the Bradford Textile Archive collection, were stitched and cut away to reveal the weaving beneath. I found that the contrast of the woven structure with the stitched and cut surface created a delicate pattern quality and transparency. These techniques continue to be a focus in my current Flower Garden artworks
In a major commission in 2012 for Bradford Galleries and Museums I used historic silk samples as starting points.
The small fragments and patterns were scaled up to create a large wall sized textiles, incorporating elements inspired by Forbes Watson Textiles of India sample books.
Details from the finished commission – SILK Bradford and the Sub-continent (2012)
Many of the processes I use are labour intensive and have an element of repetition – which I find therapeutic, whilst others may not! I loved the rhythmic winding of warps and wrapping of threads. I presently find cutting flowers, to embellish my Flower Garden creations, a process where I can lose myself in a tranquil haven above the noise and chaos of family life!
To see more of my recent work please see ‘Daisy Florence Design’