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Dionne Swift: Maker in Focus

13 January to 24 February 2018

Dionne Swift: Maker in Focus

Award winning Textile Artist, Dionne Swift paints with cloth and thread to create an intuitive, emotional response to the landscape. Her energetic style is evident through drawings and stitch based work, she builds layers of texture and colour, mixing threads to create semi abstract scenes.

As well as wall based artworks, Dionne will also be showing her beautifully hand painted and embroidered scarves and lampshades.

Dionne Swift - Lampshade

Dionne Swift

Lampshade

Free Machine Embroidery

Ref: 89059

40 (W) cms

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Dionne Swift

Award winning Textile Artist, Dionne Swift paints with cloth and thread to create an intuitive, emotional response to landscape. Her energetic style is evident through drawings and stitch based work, where she builds layers of texture and colour, mixing threads to create semi abstract scenes.

Gold winner of Craft & Design Magazine's SELECTED awards Textile Artist: Dionne Swift is a graduate of Goldsmith's College, London University, she has a Masters in Textiles from UCE, Birmingham and has over 28 years of creative practice experience. Now based in Holmfirth, Yorkshire, she exhibits and tutors internationally.

'The motion, direction, texture and strength of the drawings informs and directs my stitches. I use a sewing machine for free machine embroidery : sewing at 1600 stitches per minute, sewing to me is like going to the gym - I want it to be physically hard work, I don't want to consider embroidery as a relaxing activity : I want to be very physically involved and engaged in every moment.

I use thicker and thinner threads in the same way I might use different types of mark making tools/paint brushes. At the moment I like to work on woollen fabric, looking closely at the work, you can see the texture of the stitches: I'm using the tension of my machine to create texture and surface depth with unusual and experimental stitches.

Drawing observations from the landscape and the energy/emotion of that landscape completely underpin my creative - if I did nothing else I would have to draw as a way to express myself. Sometimes I am expressing my frustrations & my mood - usually unconsciously but with reflection I appreciate what I have instinctively done ; this is useful personally and professionally'

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