Gilli Slater 2019

About

My work is inspired by the beautiful landscape of the Arnside and Silverdale area. I find the gnarled trees that grow on the limestone particularly interesting.

My pictures can be seen in local galleries, cafes and exhibitions. I have also undertaken several private commissions and run textile art workshops for schools and the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

 

 I have lived and worked in this area for 35 years. Recently retired from teaching I can now follow a more artistic path. This has been lying dormant since I gained a degree from Southampton University in Textile Art and Education forty years ago.

 

  Inspiration for my art work comes from the colours and forms found in the local scenery. I have a special love for trees and the light that plays through them in the woods, their knobbly trunks and twisted roots.

 

  To create the wrinkled effect in my pictures a piece of pre-soaked, wet fabric is sculpted onto a board. Powdered Brusho dye crystals are then applied when the fabric is still wet to create unique textures and colour markings. I love the random effects they create, making each of my pictures completely individual. I often see small beings appearing in the dye which I encourage to become part of the picture.

 

   I have also started creating lino prints on textile which are further enhanced using Brusho dye. The effects caused by these vibrant colours migrating through the textile never cease to amaze me.