Wendy Greaves

Contact Information

wagreaves17@gmail.com http://www.wendygreaves.com Ilfracombe drawing, mixed media, painting, printmaking, textiles North Devon

Wendy Greaves Bio

My love of textiles stems from a desire to captivate the tactile and mesmerising qualities contained within the untamed coastlines of Cornwall and North Devon. I believe that the ebb and flow of natural structures found in the landscape creates endless possibilities in the field of textiles. The use of stitch, handmade papers, print and mixed media techniques opens up a range of opportunities for interpreting texture, light, colour and form.

My primary inspiration derives from the unregulated wildness that can be found in the Atlantic coastline. For me the seas, skies and rock formations are inexhaustible material. Family holidays evoke powerful memories and if you look closely at my more recent work you may see 4 figures somewhere in the landscape.

I find embroidery (both hand and machine) liberating. Stitch is immediate and intuitive. It allows me to mix colour by over painting. Within my landscapes, my materials are everything and anything. I love contrasting sumptuous velvets with shimmering organza. I take immense pleasure in collecting and hoarding tiny fragments of fabrics and papers that may one day represent a minute section of a large landscape. The surface of the fabric that I stitch onto becomes manipulated by the techniques that I employ, and the surface of the landscape provides me with visual stimuli that I seek not to emulate, but to investigate.

Commissions taken.

Wendy Greaves Work