Former Teacher Makes Most of Creative Talent; Art with a Dark Side - and a Little Humour

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Former Teacher Makes Most of Creative Talent; Art with a Dark Side - and a Little Humour


Pamela Gilbert | I was born in Cardiff and originally trained as a teacher. My specialist subject was art and design. I worked as a teacher for many years, in primary, secondary and special schools. Although I have taught a variety of subjects, it was the teaching of art that I enjoyed the most.

I have always enjoyed painting and drawing for as long as I can remember, so when I retired from teaching, I decided to continue this interest. I started to attend classes with local artists to develop skills in a wide range of techniques including watercolour, acrylics, pastels, digital photography and collage.

In 2008, I began designing and making collages which were abstract patterns or semi-abstract scenes. I wanted to add stitches, so the following year, began classes in creative embroidery. This led to designing & producing hand-embroidered landscapes. Then at the start of 2011, using digital embroidery software with a specialised embroidery machine, my most recent work emerged.

I currently design, make and create a range of embroidered pictures. The intricate stitches are produced by machine or hand (sometimes both) on to hand-painted backgrounds or layered fabric. The designs have varied texture and feature strong, vibrant coloured threads. Some of this original artwork is mixed media. Inspiration comes from sources including woodland, landscapes, parks, gardens, buildings and flowers. I use sketches, watercolour studies, collages and photographs to prepare ideas.

My future plans are to develop a wider range of skills in both hand and machine embroidery. I also intend to experiment and create designs with a range of textiles, using print making, dying, fabric paints, etc. This can then be incorporated with embroidery techniques.

My work can be seen on my website and blog: www.pamgilbertartist.compamgilbertartist.blogspot.co.uk David Thomas | I'm a 24-year-old artist from North Wales and I graduated from UWIC in Cardiff with a BA in Fine Art in 2011. …

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