This month I am featuring the work of artist CHRISTINE CUNNINGHAM.
She tells us:
‘I am self taught, having learned my craft at a young age. I was inspired to explore natural states of being after having breast cancer. I use original poetry, hand embroidered, to provide an emotional layering to works, capturing the essence of my experiences in both collections.’
So there is more to her art than a simple surface view!
‘I have been creating my textile wall hangings for thirty years, having learned the foundation of my skills at school. I combine traditional techniques with an exploration into structure and surface texture, my signature being embellishment’.
Her website Christine Cunningham is a colourful jungle of inspiration; you can really see the connection between her work and life:
She shows how great it is to be able to use our art work as not only an expression of our individuality but also a form of therapy for ourselves, no matter what we are going through.
I loved how she continues to use bright colours, no matter what themes her art work are on…
Christine Cunningham also uses lots of recycled pieces within her work, her website informs us:
‘A love of recycling allows me to build a wealth of treasures which inspires me in my work. Textiles are organically grown over time, where new finds will inspire new direction, some having taken years to produce.’
Textile Art with meaning and a message; what is our story? Can we incorporate life events into our own work? It is definitely something to think about!
Her website is a must, so go check it out!
Till next time…..
As a freelance artist, designer, lecturer and tutor (how do I narrow down that description?!) I have been contracted by numerous arts organizations to provide Talks, Workshops’ and Masterclasses’ in Textiles, Print Making and Fine Art subjects. These include branches of the Embroiderers’ Guild, Textile Study Groups and The Women’s Institute. Every year I teach at The Knitting and Stitching shows and exhibit with the Artist in Action stand. Currently I am building up to my exhibition at The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Olympia, London this spring; having also written articles or had work illustrated in Stitch, Inspired, Embroidery, Selvedge, Daphne’s Diary, Prima (online), Cloth Paper Scissors and the Batsford book ‘Be Creative with Textile Art.'