2 September 2010
Fiona Wilson, a graduate from Bradford School of Arts and Media with a degree in Contemporary Surface Design and Textiles is the Over 30’s Embroiderers’ Guild Scholar for 2010. This award provides Fiona with £1000 towards setting up her studio in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, as well as a stand at the Knitting and Stitching Shows in London, Harrogate and Dublin.
Fiona’s work is based on a study of aerial photography and a collection of antique maps. Drawn to patterns and colour found from photographs of rural and urban subject matters, such as scrap yards, industrial landscapes, ploughed fields and housing estates, she creates printed and embroidered panels.
"I always intended to concentrate on embroidery in my final year, but found a lack of suitable fabric colours gave me a passion for mixing my own dyes and printing my own designs to create some interesting materials as a base for my stitching. I like to experiment with layering techniques such as devoré, screen printing and paper laminating onto cottons and sheers, which I then embellish with hand and machine stitch. The edges of my fabrics are quite often deliberately frayed by hand or with an embellisher and then joined back together with stitches."
After graduating Fiona exhibited her work at New Designers where she was selected to be part of the Graduate Showcase at the Festival of Quilts last year and was also featured in Embroidery Magazine. Having now won the Embroiderers’ Guild Scholarship she is busy creating new works for the Knitting and Stitching Shows and promoting her workshops that will be run from the studio in Huddersfield.