As a member of the sales team at the Rohan Ambleside shop, I work 2 days a week advising & helping our customers. We can see part of the Fairfield Horseshoe ( capped with snow these last few weeks ) from the store window.
My other working life is as an artist, painting on silk. The great attraction of working with silk is the vibrant colour of the dyes & the lustre of the fabric. Silk is also extremely versatile & can be worked to produce wearable art (e.g. scarves, kimono ) & textile hangings as well as framed pictures.
I began silk painting in 1996 & have been gradually learning the skills & techniques required, attending courses at Higham Hall near Bassenthwaite & West Dean College near Chichester.
Since dyes spread through the fabric, designs must be worked using a resist – I mainly use hot wax applied with a brush or tjanting ( a batik tool ). This can be great fun – you can splatter or scribble or brush with freedom, & successive layers of wax & colour can be built up to give depth & contrast.
My workspace is the dining room of our home, though for messy work I move into the kitchen.
Inspiration comes from the Cumbrian hedgerows, gardens and fells and a delight in the colours themselves. As a keen hill walker I would love to further develop my understanding of shadows, light and colour on the fellsides, ridges and scree slopes.
I currently have work on view at Farfield Mill Sedbergh, sell at various craft fairs throughout the year & take part in Open Studio events & group exhibitions. I am a member of Green Door Studios Kendal, The Ambleside Artists Society, Made in Cumbria, The Lakes Collective of Designer Makers & The Guild of Silk Painters.
Call in to Rohan Ambleside and say hello