10th August 2018

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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....

 

It all starts with a sketch...I sketch from photographs I've collected on research trips making an original drawing which I then transform with textile techniques into unique pieces of art.

It all starts with a sketch...I sketch from photographs I've collected on research trips making an original drawing which I then transform with textile techniques into unique pieces of art.

A sometimes well organised sewing table, I've lined this desk with felt and a cotton top so I can iron directly onto the table top.

A sometimes well organised sewing table, I've lined this desk with felt and a cotton top so I can iron directly onto the table top.

It's always so rewarding to frame an embroidery you've been working on, you seem to just forget about the work and enjoy admiring all the details.

It's always so rewarding to frame an embroidery you've been working on, you seem to just forget about the work and enjoy admiring all the details.

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