|I stitch without a frame and without a thimble.|
I now live in Southern England, but I have always felt like a full European. With a Scottish father and a Greek mother I used to travel by train from one country to the other every year from 1949 until the late 60s. As a daughter, and a Greek girl I was involved with stitching from a very young age, but it did not become a serious pursuit until I retired from my career in publishing.
In the early 80s I lived for a couple of years in New Hampshire, USA, and it was there that I first encountered art quilts, but it was the combination of using IT with hand stitching which really got me going as a full time stitcher in this new century.
|Using the computer is a vital component of my work.|
My quilts are not really derived from traditional patchwork. They are images which I have collaged digitally, then printed onto cloth, and then hand stitched. I make more small pieces than large quilts, but I usually have a large piece in progress while being distracted by small designs.
The work reflects my emotions and expresses what is occupying my thoughts at the time – or what was in my mind when I developed the design. The big work can take some years to complete, and that is why I make lots of small pieces.
|Curiosity (2012, 185 x 125 cm)|
The stitches I use tend to be either running or seed stitch, both of which I find to be expressive. I use mostly cotton for the quilts, but I also use silk which I find interestingly versatile. With heat transfer the silk becomes stiffly translucent, making a beautiful top layer as in the quilt Flow below.
Flow (2012, 104 x 81 cm)
Over the past couple of years I have been involved with traditional printmaking, which I use as a starting point for new work. The smaller piece below was derived from a monoprint.
|Reach out (2013, 28.5 x 55.5 cm)|
On my blog I write about what I’m up to: www.threadingthoughts.blogspot.co.uk
And to see more of my work visit my website: www.olganorris.com