Vinny Stapley


My work focuses on the natural ephemera of the landscape and the unique nuances of the fringes and plant-life around the Blackwater.

Marshes and tidelines are explored through abstracted stitched form, the repetitive nature of stitch echoing the constant ebb and flow of the sea.

Previous bodies of work have been about the preserving family history and and layering fragile and delicate materials.

I combine screen-print, machine embroidery, photo-shop, digital print, with other techniques experimentally to produce mixed-media pieces, from sculptural garments, to printed panels and glass and more recently I have been working with dissolvables, bonding silk fibres and fabrics to create delicate webs to which plant forms are freely embroidered.


Bridging the Gap

My work about strong women has prompted me to rediscover the histories of ordinary women who despite abuse, trials and ordeals, strived to survive and protect their families against all odds.
To honour them I have created icons, sometimes portraits, sometimes symbolic objects, within precious embroidered frames, to represent them.
Fragile and delicate Webs, made from old clothes and artefacts made by women, connect them, their stories are literally woven into the webs, reaching across time and space to honour and remember them.