Aran Illingworth – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features moments in time, captured in stitch by artist Aran Illingworth.

Aran’s stunning portraits, document the lives of women and children. Images from India and beyond. Her large realistic artworks comprise of real garments and hand-stitch. Aran carefully sources up-cycled clothing, saris and shawls for each piece. 

“Fractured Memories” depicting Dementia, was exhibited with The Society for Embroidered Work in 2019.

Aran is a member of Prism and the Society for Design Craftsmen

Images courtesy the artist: https://www.aran-i.com

Sue is a member of The Society for Embroidered Work

Self portrait in stitch of the artist Aran Illingworth
Self portrait in stitch of the artist.
little girl, on the streets in India, begging - in stitch
“I’m a Big Girl Now” – A little girl, on the streets in India.
"Madonna and Child" - A young woman and child, begging on the streets in India - in stitch
“Madonna and Child lll” – A young woman and child, begging on the streets in India.
woman suffering with Dementia, looking looking at herself in the mirror - in stitch
“Fractured Memory (Who is it)” – by Aran Illingworth

Sue Nicholls – Meet the Artist

A little textile inspiration from my YouTube Textile Collection. Today it features the beautiful English countryside, captured in stitch, by artist Sue Nicholls.

Sue lives in rural Hertfordshire and uses her sketchbook to document her local landscape. Each image is a source for her stunning machine and hand embroidered art works. For instance, her depictions of snowy furrows and hedgerows, recreated in wool felt and thread. 

Similarly, the large tree scapes were created from drawings of Gunby Hall and Gardens estate, a National Trust property.

Images courtesy:  https://suenichollsdesigns.co.uk

Sue is a member of The Society for Embroidered Work

Embroidered Landscapes  - a wall of embroidered art work in a studio
Embroidered Landscapes in Sue’s Studio
Embroidered Landscape
Embroidered Landscape
Work in progress - paper design ideas of trees by Sue Nicholls
Tree designs for Gunby Hall by Sue Nicholls
Work in Progress by Sue Nicholls - and embroidered landscape being machine stitched on a Bernina sewing machine
Work in Progress
sketch books showing art and sketches in black and white of ploughed fields and trees
Sue’s sketch books – ploughed fields and trees.

‘Contact’ Magazine May 2020 Edition

I’m thrilled my tiny piece of embroidery has appeared in the May 2020 edition of The Embroiderers’ Guild ‘Contact’ magazine. The piece for The Embroiderers’ Guild challenge ‘NHS – Reasons to be Thankful’ is lace mounted onto card and is 4 inches square. All the pieces will be collated to make large artworks for hospitals across the UK.

I create my own embroidery under the name of Catherine Hill Textile Artist.

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May edition of Contact magazine
May edition of Contact magazine
embroidery - thank you NHS, thirty years ago you saved my mum's life, she is now on her 80's and still going strong. Thank you on behalf of her family.
NHS reasons to be thankfull embroidery

It’s the second piece I’ve submitted to the Guild this year. My previous piece was for The Embroiderers’ Guild Members’ Challenge. The topic was “My Favourite Things”. My piece was called “The Sound of the Kenwood Chef”.