“Dryad: Field Maple”

Mixed media textile art In this piece created specifically for the 2012 Milton Keynes Outside In exhibition, I wanted to portray a dryad (tree spirit) with an associated green man who ages over the course of the seasons and the wheel of the year. Field maples are the only native British maple tree (sycamore and Norway maple are both introduced species) […]

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“Vine Man Treasure Box”

Mixed media box One of a series of small stitched, embellished and painted boxes exploring the textural possibilities of painting over embroidered fabrics mounted on card. Media used include canvas, various threads, muslin, scrim, acrylic paints and mediums, rubbing gilt and paper clay. Lined with silk dupion and skeletal leaves. Year 2011 Size 9″ D x 5″ H (25 cm […]

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“Woodland Kings II”

Mixed media embroidery The Woodland Kings series are designed in pairs, one showing the Oak King and one the Holly King. In pagan mythology, based on Welsh legend, the Oak King and Holly King do battle for the love of the sun at both midwinter and midsummer. At midwinter, the Oak King, with his association to the sky god, is […]

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“Woodland Kings I”

Mixed media embroidery The Woodland Kings series are designed in pairs, one showing the Oak King and one the Holly King. In pagan mythology, based on Welsh legend, the Oak King and Holly King do battle for the love of the sun at both midwinter and midsummer. At midwinter, the Oak King, with his association to the sky god, is […]

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“Vine Man”

Mixed media embroidery Green Men are found all over the world, but particularly in northern Europe, where they are often seen carved or painted on churches and other buildings. Scholars still argue about their significance – are they remnants of pre-Christian religions, or depictions of the torments of hell? Whatever their provenance, they appear to have been an important symbol […]

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“Willow Man III”

Mixed media embroidery Green Men are found all over the world, but particularly in northern Europe, where they are often seen carved or painted on churches and other buildings. Scholars still argue about their significance – are they remnants of pre-Christian religions, or depictions of the torments of hell? Whatever their provenance, they appear to have been an important symbol […]

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“Willow Man II”

Mixed media embroidery Green Men are found all over the world, but particularly in northern Europe, where they are often seen carved or painted on churches and other buildings. Scholars still argue about their significance – are they remnants of pre-Christian religions, or depictions of the torments of hell? Whatever their provenance, they appear to have been an important symbol […]

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“Willow Man I”

Mixed media embroidery Green Men are found all over the world, but particularly in northern Europe, where they are often seen carved or painted on churches and other buildings. Scholars still argue about their significance – are they remnants of pre-Christian religions, or depictions of the torments of hell? Whatever their provenance, they appear to have been an important symbol […]

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“Oak Man I”

Mixed media embroidery Green Men are found all over the world, but particularly in northern Europe, where they are often seen carved or painted on churches and other buildings. Scholars still argue about their significance – are they remnants of pre-Christian religions, or depictions of the torments of hell? Whatever their provenance, they appear to have been an important symbol […]

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“Hamadryad: Oak”

Mixed media art quilt The hamadryad is a nymph so closely linked with the tree she inhabits that should it die, she dies also. Like other shy, wild creatures, they can sometimes be spotted in the woods, caught in the fleeting moment between awareness and flight. As with all these works, I began with plain white fabric and a picture […]

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