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Showcase February to April 2018

Yvonne Pratt

I have created bespoke mixed media textile pieces which comes from my love of drawing using a combination of pen-ink, pencil, textile print and free style embroidery.
Graduating in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Textiles Design and a Master (MA) in contemporary craft practice at the University for the Creative Arts and where I majored in silk screen printing.

With a disciplined in textile print production, my objectives are to create beautifully bespoke textile applied art. The collection of textiles pieces and illustrations which have been produced for this showcase, are a combination of hand made, hand dyed fabrics and hand drawn processes. Creating decorative textile pieces that are either framed or mounted on canvas.

Blue Bird painting by Yvonne Prattpheasant cushion by Yvonne Prattdrawing by Yvonne Pratt

Previously my work was about creating beautifully composed, eye-catching images influenced by the mysteries of camouflage. Using my hand drawn skills, I firstly produced a collection of illustrations that derive from my fascination with nature, out door environments, figurative images and portraits. Inspired by photos shoots I had taken whilst on my travels around our Great British countryside. My work is a combination of thought provoking images that are engulfed within vines and foliage to disguise and twist the images to capture a form of camouflage.

Through development and experimentation of my work I used chemical processes to make the fabric appear to be vintage, I have also produced mixed media pieces composed from a simple inkjet fabric printing adding detail by using freehand machine embroidery to create a wealth of texture and depth and continuing with the naturalistic theme for this collection.

Still today I continue to develop pieces from the studies that I have made, adding a wealth of techniques, always learning knew methods to add texture, pattern and illustrative ideas to my work.