I am a practising artist who splits my time working in schools as a creative facilitator and developing my own work. The focus, planning and reflection needed for both, seem to counterbalance each other and the inspiration generated provides shared benefits.
The arts mediums I choose to work in are diverse as I trained as a textile designer, draw in as many mediums as possible, sell digital prints, use many organic and natural objects with the children and am continually being inspired by everyday situations and environments.
I like to explore the ways stitch can be used for making marks as a pen or pencil does. For several years I have been working on creating new art pieces stitching onto piano rolls. This has fascinated me. By keeping to my own restriction of not making any new holes in the paper to sew through, the lines created have come to possess their own style and character. The sources of inspiration have been varied, including a visit to Islay, Birmingham City Centre, journeys through China & Mongolia & other places local to me. Since COVID-19 isolation I have been focusing on where I live, my home, the environments I compose to exist in. This work has evolved into using tapes and different papers to combine collage with stitch.
A drawing project I have been working on was inspired by journeys by bus around Birmingham, which is the second largest city in the U.K.
For years travelling by bus has just been a regular part of my life which has fed my interest of observing how people hold themselves and form their personas —stance, dress, accessories etc. I capture each moment with a quick pencil sketch and then work on them digitally later.
In November 2019 my work featured in a digital magazine OUTSIDELEFT.
These prints are now selling from the Shop page on this site and can be viewed on Instagram: d_rawing_inspiration