I'm Neroli Henderson and I've just joined the Art Quilts Around The World group and am looking forward to working on my first textile art challenge piece.
|Me with the love of my life on my wedding day in 2011. My husband was around somewhere :)|
I studied Art & Design at TAFE college before going to uni to do a Bachelor of Arts (Graphic Design) in the early 1990's. I then worked as a graphic designer and finally as an art director for Shell. I loved my career choice but a nasty upper back fracture in 1998 forced me to change the way I work. I now need to play it by ear (back?) on what I can do each day and incorporate movement into my routine. Sitting is no longer something I can do for extended times, especially day in day out.
After the fracture I started doing a lot of oil painting with a painting knife, I could only be upright for a few minutes at a time and was going a bit stir crazy so this was a great way of getting as much paint down as I could in a limited period of time. These sold really well and gave me the impetus I needed to focus more on fine art.
Two of my early palette knife paintings, both created after my back fracture when I could only stand for a few minutes at a time.
As my sitting ability increased I branched more into the detail work I used to do a lot of, using watercolours and pencil primarily. Finally my Mum introduced me to free-motion sewing and textile art in general by dragging me along to the Australasian Quilting Convention for 4 days of classes with some amazing tutors. This was a huge change for me, I had no idea free-motion sewing could be done on a home machine and learning about some of the modern day techniques and mediums like fusible appliqué, water soluble stabiliser and Tyvek has had a huge effect on my work.
Two of my early guache works, both features a lot of detailing. The bricks in Symbiant (left) feature many layers of paint and have hidden messages and pictures within them.
Here's some of my textile works:
|'Bird of Paradise', fusible web based raw edge appliqué, free-motion stitching.|
|'Soul Fishing' fused raw edge appliqué with both cotton and synthetic fabrics, fishing line, metal sheeting (apples) and silk velvet. The sky is hand painted with ink over white on white fabric.|
|I'm not a huge piecer but had this idea for our bed head at home. Improvisational pieced cotton and shot cotton fabrics, stretched over 1" foam and stapled onto an MDF backing board.|
You can follow me on Facebook by liking my art page here
This link takes you directly to the gallery section of my Facebook Page where you can find albums of some of my past paintings, drawing, textile and graphics work.
My blog features lots of tutorials and textile artist interviews here
Or if you love quilting and want to know more about me you can try friending me on Facebook
Comment below to let me know if you have any favourites of the work I've selected, or any questions for me.