Painting with Fabric

Violet – Valerie Wilson 2015.


My Current Series of Vintage Portraits

When I see people in an old photograph, I wonder what lives those people lived, and why they chose to have a photo taken at that moment in time. I am drawn in by the character written in these people’s faces, their gestures, and posture.

Working with vintage black and white or sepia photographs allows me to imagine the lives of these people, and to choose what details, and colours, best express my vision. I love researching the era of the photographs, and the clothing styles which give me further insight and a glimpse into past lives. I use these elements as a starting point for a composition that brings these people to life.

As the work is created, fabrics are carefully chosen for their ability to mimic both dimension and texture. A finishing touch is machine stitching to add fine details and depth to the composition.

I combine a love of history, and a curiosity about people from the past, to capture character in fabric.

Please contact me, or check out my blog, if you would like to know more about my work.