In my textile work I am interested in the ‘mark of the hand’ including the imperfections, the texture and the surprises in each artwork. My main product is a quilted and embroidered pillow as it can be a functional piece in one’s home. All of my embroidery designs are unique representations of tiny imaginary gardens filled with bird families, insects and sometimes cats and rabbits. The selection and composition of fabric is as important to the final work as the embroidery itself, using textiles and threads as a paint palette.
Beth works with her unique collection of hand printed and commercial textiles to create whimsical artworks. These contemporary works juxtapose texture and colour. Hand and machine freestyle embroidery with a variety of carefully selected threads create texture and the unique selection of fabrics provide the colour. Inspired by nature, her work depicts whimsical imaginary garden worlds inhabited by bird families, insects and small rabbits or cats.
Beth creates pillows and small artworks that can be quietly incorporated in to the home. Placed on a chair maybe for a cat to snuggle up in, or for a child to examine the colours. The works emphasize the hand of the maker.
Beth has been sewing and making art since childhood and works in Vancouver as an art restorer. She has taken advantage of the offerings of many local textile, bookbinding and printmaking classes and workshops to gain knowledge and skill and has been incorporating these experiences into her work on an ongoing basis.