TEXTILE ARTIST SPECIALISING IN HAND EMBROIDERY + FELT MAKING
Abigail graduated from the Royal School of Needlework in July 2018 after completing a BA hons in hand embroidery for fashion, interiors and textile art.
Techniques in the course included white work, black work, gold work, silk shading, stump work, canvas work and crewel work – specialist techniques practised by the Tudors and Victorians, that are important to preserve in order to keep this heritage craft thriving for future generations.
Armed with this knowledge Abigail produced a body of contemporary work, much of it inspired by the north Norfolk coastline, in particular Hunstanton.
“I was captivated by textile sculpture, and found the tactile surfaces very engaging,” she says. “So I specialised in doing embroidery on to sculptural felt forms that I hand made. My work is inspired and informed by geology, time and the evolution of creatures and the earth. The forms that influence my work come from sea urchins and mollusc like creatures. That is where most of my inspiration comes from.”
Abigail is exhibiting at West Acre Gallery in August 2019. Further details about her exhibition will be announced on the website this summer.