Little House of Victoria
Although I have always been a city girl having lived most of my life in Manchester in the North West of England I have always longed to live in the countryside. I spend whatever time I can in my favourite place in the West Coast of Scotland on a little island called Cumbrae. On the first ferry journey over from Largs to Cumbrae I instantly fell in love with this beautiful and friendly little island, and there began a love affair with the town of Millport.
I long to escape the busy hustle and bustle of the city for a more simple, relaxing life in a friendly and welcoming community. The beaches on Cumbrae are stunning whatever the weather, but more often than not it is sunny in Millport even if it is blowing a gale force wind and the popular saying of “If you don’t like the weather in Scotland then stick around for five minutes because there will be some more on the way” is certainly true of this beautiful little island.
The therapeutic practice of stitching gives welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life and it is for this reason that I am on a mission to share it with everyone.
The transition from painter to textile artist was organic but convoluted at the same time. Originating from a background in paint, paper cutting and photography there had always been something missing that I couldn’t quite put my finger on, but my work was so textural that the clues were all there. I graduated with a B.A. Hons in Contemporary Fine Art from The University of Bolton in 2011 but didn’t do anything creatively from then until 2017 and it was only when my Mum became terminally ill that I looked for comfort in textiles.
I embarked on an evening course at a local college and it was there that I first experienced the therapeutic benefits of textile art. The course saved me mentally and creatively and put me on the right path to wanting to pursue art as a career again.
When we lost my Mum during 2017 it made me revaluate life and what was truly important and the thing that now means the most to me is my family and friends.
Enrolling on a Masters Degree in Contemporary Fine Art at The University of Salford gave me the creative focus that I yearned for. During this my work turned to autobiographical themes and the beautiful home life that my parents created for me. The medium of stitch fitted beautifully into my ethos with focus on the home, family memories, and familiarity of loved ones. The comforting and meditative method of stitch proved very soothing in mentally unchartered territories.
Three years after losing my Mum I now find myself longing for a more simple way of life that is closer to nature. I hope that the coming years will bring that change so that we can continue to heal together as a family.
The Art of Flow
With the stresses and strains of everyday life, we could all benefit from finding a meditative state of mind on a regular basis, that is why I have put together the stitch packages so that I can share my experience with you. I have studied the art of flow which is the meditative state that we go into when absorbed in a project with the right conditions. I intend to teach people about these conditions whilst enhancing their creative skills.
I would love to share the healing power of stitch with everyone in need of relaxation and escape.
I have found many lovely people within the textile community. It is a supportive and welcoming environment which provides great comfort in these uncertain times. It would be so rewarding to grow that community and would be fantastic to see you there.
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