embroidery

Embroidery, poetry, photography

Maria Wigley combines embroidered handwriting with poetry and photography.  If the thought of that excites you half as much as it thrills me, then don’t miss her website

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© Maria Wigley

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© Maria Wigley

 

As an arts college tutor, Maria has thought much about her art and is able to pull out of her bag the quote:

“Painting is silent poetry and poetry is painting that speaks”

Plutarch.

Also, she is refreshingly honest about how her art received a new influx of life when she was balancing artwork with looking after her young daughter – seeing her joy with mixing the colour and putting it onto paper, without trying to make a particular representation.  Maria joined in.

Now, although her work is different, it still resonates from that place of sitting on the kitchen floor with her daughter, markmaking together, and becoming drawn into embroidering.

The art I produce now focuses on the connection between writing, stories, people and places, particularly the relationship between place and memory. Poetry and songs have a huge influence over my work, as well as listening to anecdotes about other peoples’ lives. The use of photography and drawing, features heavily in my work as it helps builds the relationship between the visual and the text. 

Excitingly, when you look at the list of her c.v. and recent projects, Maria’s embroidery text work is being used in book jackets, film, group exhibitions, artwork for a Paris hotel, handmade books….. there is a sense of her being on the cusp of about to be better known and even more sought-out.  In other words, if you like her work, seek it out now.

 

Creative Takeaways

Do you have a favourite photo, a place to remember, a favourite family quote or few lines of poetry which never go away, but keep resurfacing and still ‘speak’ to you?

How about combining them in a picture, then framing it?

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Loyalty and Kindness – Drawn IN (Carole Bury)

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Artist: Carole Bury

 

http://cheltenhamgroupartists.org/gallery_657235.html#photos_id=13772077

 

Both a beautiful statement and illustration, by artist Carole Bury.  You can see more of her work on her website http://www.carolebury.com.  She works through fine art, paper, textiles, drawings, often with the subject of birds and flight and associated emotions of joy and release.

“As my pencils and charcoal dance and skitter over the paper I sense I am releasing the secrets of myself and those of my subject. Drawing is an internal dialogue, a conversation between artist and nature, during which each small detail is discussed. By its very nature my drawing is an invitation to the viewer to ‘listen in’.”

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Golden Flight Feathers – by Carole Bury

Alighiero Boetti

This Italian artist produced joyous, coloured designs of “squared words” of phrases in Italian, then had them embroidered by Afghan needlewomen in refugee camps in 1970s.11468lrg.jpg

(photo from TJBoulting, gallery, which held an exhibition of the work in 2012)

Quello Che Non Succede In Mille Anni Succedera In Un Attimo (That which does not happen in a thousand years will happen in a second), 1994, Embroidery, 44 x 48 cms