After a lifetime of working as an IT consultant and teacher, I retired and decided to explore the more creative side of my brain. I was already taking life drawing classes with Brian Sayers, and found myself sketching and scribbling most days.
I soon became involved in Textiles, under the wonderful guidance of Louise Baldwin at CityLit, starting in her Day Textiles class and then progressing to the two-year Advanced Textiles course. I’m now part of the Instagram @textiles2020 group.
Whilst taking a 2-year Fine Art course I became interested in printmaking and bookbinding, and my work now embraces all forms of media.
Sometimes the trigger can be another art work or image, a line of poetry, a long-forgotten memory or a tenuous connection which prompts an emotional response. I then attempt express this in words – I write the depth of feeling, searching for what it was that scratched my soul. My notebooks record the journey this process prompts through words, images, stitch and a range of media.
Deep research, recorded in my artist’s notebooks, is an integral part of my process. Since my introduction to bookmaking and printmaking techniques, these can become artefacts in themselves.
An example is my long-term fascination with Spurn Head at the mouth of the Humber. The depth of my engagement with this particular land- and sea-scape and the works it has generated now justify a separate page on this website.
Find me on instagram: @patti.taylor44