PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
Gillian Bates is a UK-based textile artist who specializes in embroidery to capture memories of seaside Britain. Her work is done as if she’s drawing with needle and thread instead of a pen, as she makes her mark by using a freehand machine, embroidering on white cotton drill fabric. The blocks of colors on the canvas are a mix of reclaimed, recycled & new fabrics sewed into place.
Whether it’s pictures of piers or ice cream or seagulls, Gillian’s work shows you perfect moments in coastal towns. She says the following about her work:
“I believe that habit and habitat draw a veil over our eyes. We become so accustomed to the people and places we see everyday that eventually we fail to see them properly at all. My aim is to pull back the veil and in doing so reveal the extraordinary and beautiful wonder of everyday life.
I hope to do this by exploring the notion that man and landscape are part of the same, essential fabric and as such are seemingly stitched together – inextricably inter-connected and inter-dependent. By recapturing the seemingly humdrum moments of everyday life in this way, I hope to rediscover in them some fresh and revealing connections.
Recently I have felt more and more compelled to explore and celebrate my local environment. The brilliantly idiosyncratic, seaside towns of Sussex, their wonderful residents and stunning architecture continue to be the single, greatest driving force behind my work and a constant source of enjoyment and inspiration. ”