MYSTICAL birds, creatures and landscapes form the subject of a new art exhibition at Brockweir’s community café.
Forest embroiderer Sara Rickard will be displaying her latest work at the village shop venue until March 26.
She has made things in textiles since her childhood and has lived in the Forest of Dean for 16 years.
“My grandmother was a knitter and my mother taught me basic stitches,” she says.
“At seven years old, the thrill of making stuffed soft toys from a ready-made kit was wonderful and I find to this day, through the making ‘process’, a real sense of excitement continues.”
The exhibition’s artworks are fairly small in scale, in order that a range of experimental grounds could be stitched into them.
These include digitally printed fabrics depicting images from other embroideries, fabric quilted collages, silk painting and layers of slashed and stitched chiffon on antique tray cloths.
Many explore layers of translucency, mark-making, colour and surface texture.
Birds and creatures are appliqued onto the grounds using machine and hand-stitching.
Sara makes numerous observational drawings and has researched medieval designs from the V&A, Roman mosaics at Bristol Art Gallery and was inspired by The Age of Ice at the British Museum and a visit last year to William Morris’s house, Kelmscott Manor.
This paperwork ultimately informs the translation into fabric and thread, often with a sense of humour or twist that adds playfulness.