We were pleased to welcome Margaret Steeden with her presentation "Moving On" and enjoyed a walk through her life in textiles.
Margaret is a member of Textile 21 and believes that art is an expression of one’s innermost feelings and thoughts as well as responses to observation of the natural world. Fabrics, combined with mixed media and stitch, allow her to explore fully texture, colour, shape and form as they have such tactile natures.
Her work is currently based on experimentation with the creation of new surfaces and backgrounds that allow her to be specific as well as control the colour, texture and fibres that she is aiming for.
Primarily, Margaret uses the inspiration gained from nature and the flora and fauna all around us. Her work can be characterised by either hand or machine stitching that usually adds the final surface embellishment to her work. Margaret exhibits widely throughout the northwest with the several groups to which she belongs.
Many of us could identify with some of the stages Margaret described as she has progressed with her work.
Buying items from shows and wondering what to do with them
Being a bit of a butterfly and trying lots of different techniques and other scenarios
Margaret brought with her a stunning collection of works she had "moved on" with over the years and it was fascinating to see how her work has progressed whilst she still returns to traditional techniques in some of her pieces.
A stunning poppy using silk and dyes
Glorious colours using different fabrics
A memory box incorporating family photographs
More of Margaret's work can be found at: www littleworksofart.blogspot.co.uk