Textiles - Diana Morrison, Jane Bell, Joanne Eddon,
Since graduating in Fashion/Textiles, Diana has developed as a professional textiles artist exhibiting throughout the country alongside teaching Fine Art, Fashion and Textiles at various Further Education colleges as well as leading a wide range of workshop courses for various groups.
Her current practice includes dyeing, stitching and feltmaking using a variety of experimental techniques developed over many years, fusing these disciplines to produce a range of unique and original wearable art pieces and fashion accessories using a wide and eclectic range of vibrant colours and textures.
Jane designs and makes quilts, small accessory pieces, bags, wall hangings and cushions . I mainly use cotton, wool and silk. Some of the silk pieces I use come from Japanese kimonos and obis.
I like to work closely with customers on commission pieces. There are so many styles of quilts to explore; Amish are one of my favourites as the quilting is so complicated.
Vibrant hand painted silk scarves, lampshades and accessories.
Hand Painted Silk fashion accessories and wearable art. Beautiful shades in sumptuous silks, individually created, using many techniques, silk painting, batik & shibori.
Martine Weare the makers page email website
The first time I heard the crunch of the felting needle while stabbing some wool 5 years ago ( I was shown how to make a Christmas robin in the shape of a ball by a friend), I was hooked! I love the fact I could create 3D animals or make jewellery, even 2D pictures, with natural fibres and some special needles, and use all kinds of wool, silky merino, carded Herdwick, rough Swaledale or black Jacob etc ( who knew there were so many different kinds of sheep in our fields?). I don't notice the time passing when I am sculpting shapes and combining colours, and I am passionate about this very old craft which brings me so much pleasure.
Sue Stichbury the makers page email website
I have been a textile artist for many years. I particularly like to work with vintage fragments of quilts and fabrics, mainly hand stitching and embroidering. My colours are in the main subdued and faded. I like to assemble a background of fabrics and then applique and embroider into it. I also hold workshops.
Margaret Gradwell the makers page email website
Margaret lives in Lancashire, but originates from Edinburgh in Scotland. She has been sewing since a child, taught by her mother and influenced by other family members. Coinciding with early retirement from the NHS she was asked to make some items for a charity sale in Scotland and decided to work exclusively with the tweed from her rather large fabric hoard.
This sparked an interest in sewing with Harris Tweed which is protected by the Harris Tweed Act of 1993. Harris Tweed is a pure wool cloth from the Isles of Lewis, Harris, Uist and Barra and is hand woven by the weavers in their own homes.
Margaret gets great pleasure in sewing with tweed – the colours, the feel and the scent evoke mountains and moorlands as well as childhood memories of men’s suits! Supporting an ancient skill and way of life in the process is a bonus.