"Estuary," by Barbara Lee Smith and a detail (carlaseaquist.com)
Detail "TYBEE ISLAND III"
Barbara Lee Smith
Synthetic fabric: painted, printed, collaged, fused and stitched
18" x 48"( http://www.jsauergallery.com)
Jae Maries main theme since graduating from Reading University (BA Hons Fine Art) has been to represent people in everyday situations. She would often make use of her thumb-nail sketches as inspiration which were then developed into life-size wall-hung textile pieces. More recently however, Jae’s work has changed direction and she is creating panels using her daily Visual Diaries as her resource. The marks, symbols and relevant studio fragments represent the events, feelings and actions that impact on Jae in her everyday life. She trained as an oil painter and moved into stitched textiles later in her career with the intention of combining textured stitched surfaces with painted fabric sections. The challenge of working simultaneously with oil painted surfaces and fabric is technically stretching but she enjoys the contrast between the spontaneity of the brush stroke and the hands-on tactile approach that comes with dyeing, manipulating and stitching into fabric. As well as being an artist, Jae is an internationally recognized lecturer and tutor in creative textiles and has taught in Australia and USA. She has also exhibited widely, in Japan, Israel, USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. She is an exhibiting member of 62 Group of Textile Artists (taking over the Chair in December 2009) and Contextus.
Her inspiration comes from the world surrounding her. Her sketches often form the starting points from which she develops and expands her ideas. More recently her inspiration comes from her personal reactions to everyday situations. She is enjoying the challenge of interpreting, in an abstracted way, her feelings, actions or visual stimuli on a daily basis.
Her base material is usually unbleached calico. If she is painting it will be prepared to take the oil paint. If however she is printing and using fabric inks then she uses a fabric prepared to take the pigments.
She often use screen printing inks (Sericol)often applied after the fabric has been manipulated and stitched. The dyes are applied with a palette knife or sponge roller. These fabrics are are then applied to the oil painted surfaces which have been stitched before the application of paint.
Jae uses a very restricted palette and selects colours that will underline the feelings and ideas that she wants to express in a piece of work. The prestitched fabric areas provide the texture which she balances carefully with plainer areas.
Simple hand stitches are Jae's favourite method of working. They are minimal but can provide strong accents in the work. Free machine straight stitching is another weapon in her armoury but it is used as a functional tool, holding pieces of fabric together. She very rarely use stitches decoratively and have an aversion to glittery threads unless they are essential to the underlying ideas of the piece of work.( http://www.jaemaries.com/2.html)
Shopping Again ( from Connecting Art to Stitches by Sandra Meech ; Batsford 2009)
Ineke Berlyn is an international prize winning textile artist, who combines her love for colour, fabric and travelling to create an ever changing collection of work and sketchbooks.
Ineke has always had a strong interest in textiles before embarking on a City and Guilds Course in Patchwork and Quilting where she developed a love for the landscape around her home in Worcestershire and the beautiful views she encountered on her travels. Her first major landscape work: the ‘Omaha’ quilt – based on a photograph taken at the landing beaches of Normandy, was chosen to form part of the ‘Transforming Tradition’ Exhibition organized by the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. ‘Omaha’ also won a First prize at Quilts UK. ‘Salt and all its facets’ a three dimensional, mixed media piece won first prize in a competition organized by a salt museum in the Netherlands. In August 2006 ‘by the soaring of seagulls’ created using a new and exciting technique involving sheers and organza, earned a first prize in the innovative category at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.
The bright ‘Here Comes the Sun’ won first prize in 2006 and in 2007 the ‘Bluebells’ again in organza won best of Show at ‘Quilts in the Garden’ at Trent ham Gardens near Stoke on Trent. In the summer of 2008 her ‘Mother of the Bride’ dress won prizes in the contemporary small section at the Festival of Quilts and at Trentham.
Her quilts have travelled to Europe, Japan and Canada with exhibitions like European Art Quilt (http://www.inekeberlyn.com/)
Seagulls I by Ineke Berlyn( from Landscapes in Contemporary Quilts by Ineke Berlyn; Batsford 2006)
Lutradur Artwork by Ineke Berlyn (http://www.flickr.com/photos/colouricious/)