Taught to stitch by my mother when just five years old, I have been fascinated with cloth and thread, and all that can be achieved by working with them, ever since.
I gained distinctions in Creative Textiles as a mature student at The London College of Fashion. Since retiring from The University of Hertfordshire I continue to enjoy creating textile artworks. I belong to several art-related groups and at present study Art History and Advanced Creative Writing with The Open University.
'Textiles' has a rich history throughout human culture from everyday simple clothes and household linens to richly embroidered ceremonial, religious garments, nomadic felt tents, rugs and elaborately woven carpets. I am inspired by the historical research of textiles and find there is endless creativity and skill within traditional techniques and the arts of other cultures to provide stimulus for my own artwork. I enjoy Paul Klee's art, this too might prompt an idea; or even the pattern within a migraine aura!
Techniques used to create my textile artworks are varied; weaving, felt making, stitching, beading, cording, smocking, pleating, rug making, and more! I choose to work in 'textiles' because, for me, it provides a flexibility of expression. Together with painting, printing, rug hooking and embroidery I create an image needed to portray a message within my work. Other day-to-day messages are portrayed within my Haiku poetry page. . Messages IV - woven in sari silk with added beading. Jill
. Messages IV - woven in sari silk with added beading.