|Cathy Cullis: 'Freedom to Dream'|
Her skill in free machine embroidery has a delicacy of detail which follows through into her painted work; her watercolours are imbued with atmosphere & fragility.
|Cathy Cullis: 'Lady Blackbird Jug with Spoon & Dark Vessel'|
Here follows Cathy's response to the Shirt Collar challenge, how she tackled the piece and the final results:
The stitched text reads:
“My Grandmother often said she could never wear tight things, bows or collars around her neck. She told me she was ascended from the Huguenots pronouncing in a strange French accent that our ancestors she alleged were hung for their beliefs and that was why she could not wear anything tight around her neck. I remember Granny with a tissue tucked into her dress to protect it from face powder.”
It was not so important to me that the text me stand-out easy to read, so I avoided using the obvious: either a black or red thread. I felt red would offer perhaps the wrong connotations. Using a cream thread allowed the text to become more subtle, almost like surface design. The reverse of the text is especially pleasing and I left it exposed. I like seeing the reverse side of my stitch work, especially handwriting. The actual stitching was not as tricky as anticipated - I had considered the collar might be a little fiddly to handle. The texture and thickness was just right for working without a frame, which is what I always do. Unfortunately, in my eagerness I missed a word in the next early on - the word 'wear' and went back and wrote it above the line of writing, rather like anyone would if inserting an afterthought or forgotten word. This is, after all, handwriting without editing.
Finally, I added a button from my vintage collection, so that the collar could be done up as a display option."
|Cathy Cullis Final Piece: ''My Grandmother Could Not Wear Tight Things Around Her Neck'|