10th August 2018
A peek behind the studio door of a textile artist
Well hello there and a welcome to my very first blog post EVER! Firstly, thank you for taking the time out of your day to have a read and of course please feel free to browse the rest of my site.
I thought it was about time I started a little blog just to give you a bit of an insight into my work and a peek behind the studio door of a textile artist. So obviously my name is Gillian Bates and I've been working as a full time designer/maker since 2008 I feel very privileged to able to do the job I do, especially when walking along a sunny seafront with an ice cream in hand all in the name of research.
I produce textile embroideries which are often mistaken for pen and ink drawings but it's always a delight to see a viewer exclaim 'Oh they're stitched!' on a closer inspection. I draw my inspiration from my surroundings and never fail to find the quirkiness in British life.
In my following blog posts I plan to give you a glimpse of what it means to work as a designer/maker, much like a teenage diary but with a little less angst, quite possibly as many tears and hopefully less admiration for Bros or A-ha (showing my age there) If there's anything you'd like to see me discuss please leave a comment, or just want to shout hello, it's always lovely to hear from you.
Well I'll sneak back behind my studio door and get back to my sewing machine, till next time....