HOW DID YOU LEARN TO DO THIS?
Honestly, I didn't really do much..! I am not formally trained in any traditional art practise and only took a few basic drawing classes while at university. My work process is very unplanned and intuitive, I just go with what feels 'right' when creating my pieces and am not afraid to change things as I go. I know that is an unsatisfactory answer for those of you who like to work in a more structured way, but that's just not me! My best advice to anyone wanting to try embroidery is to just start. You can only get better the more you practise.
WHAT MATERIALS/STITCHES DO YOU USE?
Most of my work is a combination of oil paint, fabric paint and embroidery thread on calico fabric. Each piece has its specific materials written in the product description. As for stitches, my most used is split stitch, followed by satin stitch. I offer patterns / tutorials that offer an insight into my process and allow you to create your own piece. These can be found can be found here.
HOW LONG DOES EACH PIECE TAKE?
There is a huge variance between pieces as to how much time it takes. My largest to date have exceeded over 40 hours work time.
CAN I REPRODUCE YOUR WORK?
The short answer is, no, please don't.
While I appreciate that it can be tempting to recreate an artwork you like, I ask that you please do not reproduce or copy my work in any way. Being inspired by another artist is totally OK, direct copying is not. I have worked hard to develop my own style and designs, it is what my whole practise relies on. For myself and many other artists, seeing copycats is both disappointing and frustrating as it devalues something we have poured so much time and effort into. Don't deny yourself of creating your own original artworks, it is much more rewarding to produce something unique to you.
I'VE SEEN PRINTS OF YOURS BEFORE, WHERE CAN I GET THEM?
If there are no prints currently listed on my website, you can always purchase them from my Society6 store here. I also have a selection of other items available including cards, totes and shirts. Obviously none of these come signed, but they are always in stock and quite often have free shipping and discounted sales!