New Textile Artist Michelle Holmes

Another new and very talented textile artist joins the gallery this week, Michelle Holmes.

Michelle trained in Embroidered Textiles at Loughborough University and now works from a studio at The Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, in Staunton Harold on the Leicestershire/Derbyshire border.

Her work is a mixture of free machine embroidery and hand stitching. She likes to work onto natural fabrics such as silk, linen and cotton because of the way their surfaces reflect light. The tactile quality of the cloth is an important element in her work. She often uses cyanotype/blueprint for her backgrounds. Beautiful, deep, cyan blues, created by the strength of UV light, make starting points for night skies and coastal pieces. The works are usually presented as wall hangings or mounted and framed.

Michelle's creative process is rooted in her love of nature. She works in sketchbooks, drawing directly from what she sees around her; trees, hedges, birds, deer, sheep, the changing seasons, buildings and people. Using these sketches as a resource, together with memory and imagination, she creates her embroidered stories.

Her influences include Boro Textiles, Folk Art, Seventeenth Century English Embroidery, Samplers, the paintings of Mary Newcombe and Samuel Palmer, Folk Tales, Maps and Medieval Carvings.


'Betty embroiders the truth' 14.5 cm x 8 cm print


'Betty and birds peruse the seed catalogues with interest' 24 cm x 24 cm print