Patternbank recently discovered the eye-catching and vibrant embellishments of Leeds based textile artist Jessica Grady. We wanted to find out more so we asked her about herself and what influences her designs and techniques.
I am a contemporary embroidery artist who works from my home studio just outside of Leeds, West Yorkshire. My colourful and highly tactile work has been exhibited in various galleries and publications across the UK and Europe and I am also a member of the Crafts Council’s Makers directory. Recently I have been awarded the 2018 Embroiderers Guild Scholar award.
My embroidery designs are a textural and visual feast, combining bold colour and clusters of embellished treasure that is created from a combination of waste and recycled materials. I uses various mixed media processes including printing, foiling, dyeing and melting to transform what others perceive to be rubbish into tactile and creative embellishments. All of my designs are hand stitched; I use traditional stitches in contemporary colours and patterns, flecking fabrics with bold neon lines and metallic loops. Colour is an important aspect of my work; my design’s all use strong contrasting colours, creating a very vivid and saturated palette. My textiles provide a bold and creative statement in any interior space. I have a current collection of work over at the Leeds Craft Centre and Design Gallery. I am also exhibting at this years Festival of Quilts as a guest artist, and the Knitting and Stitching shows in London, Dublin and Harrogate.
I’m mainly inspired by materials and colours, the more unusual the material and the brighter the colour the more I feel that I need to create something with them! I’m very big on using recycled materials within my work, plastic food packaging, electric cables and plastic coffee pods are all transformed into my own version of tactile and colourful sequins or beads. A lot of my original inspiration for my embroideries is from surface texture details such as barnacle encrusted rocks or peeling paint. To see more and to find out where Jessica will be exhibiting next, visit her website here.