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Ruth produces unique pieces of textile art incorporating techniques such as hand embroidery, appliqué, hand dyeing and weaving.
Ruth has been an embroiderer since she was six, starting with kits and slowly progressing to the work you see today. When she left school she studied City and Guilds Embroidery, and then moved to Ireland where she continued to develop her skills until she decided to become an artist.
Several commissions have been undertaken, one, an Oriental panel was a year long assignment designed as a privacy screen in the clients gallery. Another unusual and challenging commission was worked in collaboration with an internationally renowned wood sculptor and a contemporary British furniture maker.
About My Work
The techniques used are very time consuming but the final piece conveys the subtle details and colours found in the subject. Each piece of work has a story behind it, one based on the artists move from Ireland to Wales, and several on the survival of particular species from around the World.
The development of the image of embroidery and pushing forward the boundaries of the discipline are very important to the artist
Embarkation - Made using cotton and Natesh threads. It is based on the artists move from Ireland to Wales. The phoenix traditionally symbolises peace and good fortune and the lotus, purity. The green is for the future and luck and the pink of the flowers for hope.
Quetzal Firebird - Made using cotton and silk. A traditional Aztec design
The Helvetia - Made using cotton and Natesh. The Helvetia is a Rhossili landmark. It was wrecked in a storm in 1887. Willow was used to represent water and the gorse was used for protection. The jackdaw is a colourful character often found in Swansea
Aztec Bird - Made using silk and chiffon. A traditional Aztec design
Moonscape - Made using handmade felt, ribbon and wool. This piece was inspired by the way moonlight changes the landscape into something otherworldly
Ocelot Warrior - Made using cotton and silk. A traditional Aztec design
Scarlet Macaw - Made using Natesh and mixed textiles. This piece shows the beautiful scarlet macaw. The branch he is perched on represents the lush rainforest. The background is plain to represent the disappearance of the macaw's habitat
Yellowhammers in Ballycommane - Made using cotton and Natesh. This is where the artist lived in Ireland. It shows the yellowhammers perching on a farm fence post. In Ireland the yellowhammer is becoming rare because farming methods are destroying its habitat
Bullfinch - Made using Natesh and cotton. The bullfinch represents spring in a series of four embroideries
Nishikigoi - Nishikigoi is a Japanese carp, this stylised embroidery is based on a traditional Japanese design and made using Natesh, cotton and shisha mirrors.