Renate Wilbraham


Mark making with thread has been fundamental to my art since my teenage years. Hand embroidery was a pleasant and relaxing pastime until I began a City and Guilds Embroidery course, from that point on it became an important part of my life. Both free machine and hand embroidery are central to my work. Colour, and the lack of it, play vital roles. My machine embroidery is often monochromatic; I am very drawn to the black line of cotton thread on plain canvas although at times, if the subject matter calls for it, I will introduce colour. On the other hand my hand embroidery explodes with colour and texture. I am inspired by the wider environment and of that around me; from the back garden, local surroundings, photographs and images from around the world. After City and Guilds I went to Reigate Art School where I was encouraged to use those skills throughout my Fine Art courses. On leaving I was invited to join the ShedArt artist cooperative and have been a member ever since exhibiting in many venues throughout Surrey and Sussex. Being amongst many painters I have been enticed by the medium and found it to be a pleasant alternative. I am also a member of an East Grinstead based group, Example, which has undertaken two Arts Council funded exhibitions within the local community.

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