Born and brought up on a farm in the heart of the Suffolk countryside, Liz has always had a passion for her natural surroundings, and an ability to ‘create something out of nothing’. After qualifying as a nursery nurse Liz took enormous pleasure in teaching traditional crafts to the absorbent young minds she encountered.
Liz has run her own nutritional therapy practice for many years, during which time she has continued to have craft interests in knitting, crochet and embroidery. Over the years she has taken part in several silk painting, dying and embroidery courses around the country, with Anita Faithful, Paula Kaveran and Janice Gunner whereupon all things pertaining to silk stopped being a hobby and developed into a passion. Having completed City and Guilds Creative Embroidery part 1, 2 and Diploma in 2007 she was very proud to have been invited to join the E.A.S.T. group in 2008. Liz is also an enthusiastic member and committee member of the Suffolk East Embroiderers Guild.
In the “Stitched Up” exhibition Liz used tree barks to inspire her collection of vessels. Experimenting with colour, manipulation and the use of household items like fabric conditioning sheets to enhance and create the textures she needed. She found fascinating the comparison between the solid wood structure and the fluid movement of the bark design.
During the close connection that EAST has with the Warner Textile Archive, Liz has produced two pieces of work, inspired by the same piece of sixties textile. The first, a bed throw, is a contemporary piece of work inspired by the bright, brash designs of that era, using contrasting colours and textures to achieve the same visual statement. Her second piece of work used a contemporary interpretation of Mountmellick work.
Continuing her theme from the Talking Textiles exhibition, Liz has taken the scientific reports documenting the damage and destruction of our coral reefs very personally and created a new body of work depicting this.
Climate change and pollution are destroying our coral reefs sooner than anticipated, which caused me to wonder how we should view our dead coral reefs in the future and how we would remember their beauty and demise."
Using a variety of methods to depict her interpretation of the destruction of our coral reefs, Liz has produced three pieces of work called Threatened, Destroyed and Remembered.
Keeping her passion for colour carefully under control and her need to fill in the gaps, Liz has slashed and burned particularly pleasing pieces of machine and embroidery and pleating, causing her much pain.
Liz hopes this depicts her sadness at this tragic forthcoming tragedy.
Power of Stitch
Liz has used stitch to gain confidence and peace of mind after a particularly stressful and depressing time of ill health and family bereavement.
She used some of the work created at an enjoyable workshop with Diane Bates to build designs based on Sizwell power station.
To be creative when your head is filled with worry and sadness is not easy but using some old ideas, favourite mediums and her love of stitch has been a great place to begin the healing process.
To immerse oneself in stitch is a truly powerful thing.
The first step. A working design.
For Between the Lines
Siegfreed Sasson's poem "A poplar and the moon" (1918) depicts the importance of moments of normality in the mayhem of war.
Silk painting and dying.
Creative hand stitching.
Basic machine embroidery.
One to one and small group tuition for children and adults.
Contact - Lizhammond@freebie.net for more information
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