You see, folding, ironing, sewing, anything like that, I turn into some sort of ham-fisted idiot. I have been known to sew a button on a shirt cuff only to find that I had stitched it to my trouser leg at the same time. Never again! Once, in the days when I wore a business suit to work, I was unable to find a white shirt that had been pressed and, in haste, being late for an important meeting I ironed only the front V-shape area of the shirt that would be visible with my jacket on. All very well, but it happened to be a scorching hot summer's day and while everbody else was in shirt sleeves I had to sweat it out!
So, when somebody can create artwork using textiles I am somewhat in awe. We have two textile artists here at West Gallery who use very different techniques. Sue Lewis creates beautiful natural scenes and landscapes from locally sourced rare breed sheep's wool while Sarah Lewis (no relation) creates wonderful seaside pictures from different textured and patterned fabrics.
Sue's pictures incorporate wool from breeds such as Merino, Shetland, Blue faced Leicester, North Ronaldsay and many more. Ironically, one of Sue's pictures sold this week and is on its way to New Zealand, sort of coals to Newcastle really.
On the other hand, Sarah produces fresh, fun seaside creations in textile and mixed media. Sarah's pictures evoke memories of days at the seaside with the family using patterned and multi-coloured fabrics and embellished with paint, driftwood and things found on the beach.
Two contrasting textile styles worked to great effect that demonstrate there are no creative boundaries. Right, I'm off to unpick this shirt button. It's hard typing this with my right arm stitched to my leg!
Don't forget! The exhibition of Rob Walker’s seascapes ‘Changing Light’ is on at West Gallery, near Bradworthy, from 18th May to 21st June, every day, 10am to 5pm.