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I was born and raised in
Hull but spent most of my adult life in . I had my first sewing machine at
seven and haven’t stopped sewing since then. Due to my husband’s new job in
2007 we moved to Guernsey and for the same reason we may be moving to Manchester in a
couple of years. I have a degree
in Embroidery from the France
and also an MA in Textiles. In Manchester
I taught Textiles on a foundation course and also ran an Access to Art course
for adults. The move to Manchester Guernsey allowed me to
give up working and provided the
opportunity to focus on developing
my own practice.
|Drift - part of Wide Horizons IV|
|Blown - part of 'Metaphors on Aging'|
The core theme of my work is texture and surface, strongly influenced by the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi-Sabi. I’m interested in the relationship between the natural elements and the man-made, such as that resulting from erosion and human use. I experiment with materials and use a variety of media, including photography, print and stitch. Working intuitively, responding to what develops, and reacting to accident and chance to create unique abstract wall hung pieces. I don’t consider myself solely as a quilter I prefer fibre artist if I have to have a name. Thankfully SAQA ‘s wide definition of an art quilt allows me to participate and I’m very grateful for that.
The work is often pieced together with parts being added and removed until I'm happy with it. I often work on several pieces at one time moving from one to another each at different stages of development. The artwork evolves over time and can take anything from a week to several months.
I have exhibited nationally and international and have undertaken private commissions. Most recently my work was included in FiberArt International 2013, ArtQuilt Elements 2014, and Fantastic Fibers 2014 among others. Currently I have work in ‘ From Lausanne to Beijing’ The 8th International Fiber Art Biennale in China, The World of Threads Festival in Canada and in SAQA‘s ‘Metaphors on Ageing’ and ‘Wide Horizons IV’.
We travel quite a bit between the
and also fit in other holidays so making can be interrupted by this and so I
often have bouts of intense sewing followed by not very much. I also love cats,
chocolate and red wine. France
I’m on Twitter @SueHotchkis I’ve also started on Instragram and Pinterest
I have a facebook artist page https://www.facebook.com/SueHotchkisTextiles
See more of my work on my website http://www.suehotchkis.com/