The Ailist – Issue Nine


Ailish Henderson shares her view on the world of embroidery - it's the Ailist!Artist Feature 

This month I have decided to feature a cool artist who got in touch with us….

Barbara Richards is a British artist who studied at Hammersmith College of Art and the Royal College of Art (oh to study there!). She told us that her love for textile/fibre art, embroidery, and quilt art came after leaving the UK to live in Italy where she worked as a guide in tourism for a living using her knowledge of Italian, French Spanish and German.  So that shows that sometimes we don’t get into this sort of career early on, it can come later!  Oh and I am sure all the Italian inspiration helped!

She began to get into quilting art in 1995 and mostly uses a collage appliquè working method which stemmed from paper collage.

‘My subject choice is concentrated in Nature themes and music. I also make paper flowers and bags in felt.’ – So she is an artist with variety.

Considering it is super dark so early this month, there is no excuse for us to not get out our own art pieces, but first get a look at her work:

This piece would inspire us to create 3D flowers in machine stitch!
Autumnal textures, we love the mixed media shown here with the sequins too.
Quilty and colourful…

What’s On

What are you up to this month?  I am moaning that I am not at the Selvedge Fair today in London….if you are there right now, I am super jealous!

Click this link to find out more information on the fair…

The Knitting and Stitching shows are over for another year, but are back from February 2019 with The Spring Knitting and Stitching Show in London.  I have some exciting news about that…will reveal all next month, but get the date in your New Year diaries; it is the February 28th – March 3rd 2019.

Till next time where I will splurge about the above 😉


xAilish
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. I had my first solo exhibition in March 2016 and have been part of numerous group exhibitions.  Currently I am columnist for textile art publication “Be Creative with Workbox”; 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.'
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