Presenting Sara's entry for the Embroiderer's Guild exhibition 'Underfoot'.
"This piece is to draw attention to the damage the Wild Boar in the Forest of Dean, where I live, are doing to open green spaces. The layers of fabric reflect the layers of earth upturned as the Boar forage for food. It is worked on a vintage tray cloth with floral motifs added to the surface to suggest re-growth and optimism for earth's renewal encouraging bio diversity." ~ Sara
"Following the 'Pond and River Birds' vintage Ladybird book cover made for the Embroiderers Guild Page 17 exhibition, I am ow developing a few in the series. This one is very appropriate to where I live in the Forest of Dean. I see wild deer in the local woods regularly and each time it is a special, magical experience because they seem to appear from no where and are always silent." ~ Sara
"The beauty and humour of the Rabbit riding the Hound blowing a horn is just such fun. The Hound is bounding along and the Rabbit appears huge. Medieval images found in the psalter at the Fitzwilliam Museum are drawn with sensitivity and imagination. In my version I thought the animals should be in a garden of wild flowers. The idea of the Rabbit blowing flowers out of his horn as he races along seemed appropriate with the madness of the Spring March Hare." ~ Sara
"Bert Irvin is one of my favourite abstract painters and I have an original print of his 'Tooley' hanging in my home. The colours are so vibrant I wanted to contrast the colours of the birds plumage against those in the print." ~ Sara
"Mr Horatio Hare has now got a job as the 'Face' of the Blue Heart Campaign supporting bio-diversity and wildlife. He will be taken to schools and public places to support the campaign both locally in the south-west and nationally to promote the importance of letting wildflowers grow and encouraging insects into our gardens. This photo shows Mr Horatio Hare with BBC Nature documentary producer Fergus Beeley who is heading the campaign." ~ Sara
In October Sara took part in the farOpen open studios project, sharing the Studio 21 space in Alvington, Gloucestershire with Lisa Dear. More info at the links below and here are some pictures from the project.
"Here is a pic of the piece I recently completed. It is called 'Pond and River Birds' and was made in July/August for the Embroiderers' Guild Exhibition 'Page 17' which will be on show in London in October at the Knitting and Stitching Show and in November in Harrogate and on tour.
This is from the cover of an old Ladybird book I had from my childhood so is full of nostalgia and memories. Also, I have been developing ideas based on birds, animals and mythical creatures so the theme fitted. The piece was worked on a collage of translucent quilted fabrics to reflect the concept of water and shadows of the grass....