Chloe Morter Design

Contact Information Honiton mixed media, textiles East Devon

Chloe Morter Design Bio

I live near Honiton, Devon on the edge of the Blackdown Hills where I produce embroidered textile collage artworks inspired by nature.

I studied for a BA Hons in Art History at Manchester University followed by many years working in the graphic design, embroidery and print industry where I developed an interest in textile art and the range and potential of modern embroidery design techniques.
My work combines the intricacy and texture of machine embroidery with layers of background collage. Starting on a linen or silk ground, pieces are based around an initial embroidery design which is developed from drawings and photos and run on a dedicated embroidery machine. This is then overworked with free motion embroidery stitching to add detail and depth.

For the backgrounds I work more loosely and intuitively. I re-use scraps of recycled and often very old careworn fabric, plus prints and handmade paper which I like to combine in an impressionistic and loose style of collage.

Inspiration comes from a keen interest in the natural world – particularly the birds and beasts within the landscape, thinking about the layers and light of the environment as I walk through it. Colour, texture and pattern play a big part in my work and my lifelong passion for illustration and art history have always been a strong influence. Part of my objective is to bring a simple and close focus to the striking beauty of our native birds lest we become complacent about them and the fragile nature of ecosystems.

Alongside my original pieces my range also includes greetings cards and fine art prints. I sell my work direct to the public at fairs and exhibitions and also via commission.

Chloe Morter Design Work