Pearl Loves Paisley | About
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I trained as an Interior Designer but the majority of my career has been solely in teaching Product Design, Textiles and Food Technology in secondary schools in Yorkshire.


Recently I have moved form York to near the Howardian Hills and have been busy renovating a cottage in Sheriff Hutton. The move itself prompted an increased awareness of my surroundings and a greater appreciation of the varying countryside of Yorkshire. The land and seascapes provide a source of inspiration for my work from the rolling hills of the East Riding to the rugged cliffs of the North Yorkshire coast.


I document my travels by taking photos and when I return to my studio I experiment with an ever increasing range of materials and resources. My work is predominantly textiles and fibre but I include papers, feathers, bark, natural wool and many found objects. For the majority of my work I use vintage and mens ties as my canvas. To me this adds a rich texture and colour as the foundation of my work. I build layers of fabrics and threads to give a depth to my work. When I am happy with the composition I blend the work by painting with my sewing machine where I use stitching to blend and colour the landscapes I produce.


My recent creative journey has been rapid. I have sold a number of pieces to collectors both locally and further afield. My art work has been exhibited in local exhibitions and I have taken part in Staithes Arts and Heritage Festival and displayed work in two of the Coastival Exhibitions. I have been accepted as an emerging artist for North Yorkshire Open Studios 2017 and will be the Artist in Residence at Burton Agnes Hall in the summer.


Alongside my own work I have a love of supporting and teaching others a wide range of skills. I offer workshops and talks on a number of forums. It is important to me that I continue to teach others and help inspire other people in a creative way. I also have a regular market stall at Hovingham Market and exhibit at local events under the name Pearl Loves Paisley.