Alison Holt Shropshire, United Kingdom
UK Textile Artist working in free motion machine embroidery and silk painting. Graduated with BA Hons from Goldsmiths College. Author and international tutor.
I am inspired by the detail in the natural world, the patterns, rhythms and textures. I try to create an emotional response to the landscape that is important to me, hoping to stir memories and connections to nature
Each piece is a combination of silk painting and freehand machine stitching. The painting creates depth, perspective and richness to the work and combines effectively with stitch to give detail and texture. I explore my subject matter directly on to my fabric, drawing and painting with threads. I use a very old (1965 model) basic Bernina sewing machine to 'draw' with, the machine simply makes the stitches while I manoeuvre the silk painted background under the needle.