I’m a self-taught textile artist. After many years of stitching, in 2017 I began creating my own mixed media, hand-embroidered works.
Surrounded by the beautiful farmland, moorlands and coastal scenes around East Lothian, I try to absorb the details of these tranquil places. I draw inspiration from the local woodlands, grasses and hedgerows, and study the textures and patterns found in nature. I like to experiment with stitch techniques, appliqué and sampling to find ways of adding extra depth to my designs.
My artworks are created on hand-painted cotton or linen fabric. I apply a wash of background colour, allowing the paint to flow and mix. Then I embrace the unpredictable results and create a three-dimensional, textural feel with fabric collage and appliqué. I use a variety of found and collected fabrics including silk, cotton, linen, felt, wool and shimmering organza. The most time-consuming part of my work is the hand-stitch. For this I select cotton, wool and linen threads to embroider the details of my intricate designs, using a intuitive, slow stitch process.
Alongside my creative practice, I am a freelance writer/editor for TextileArtist.org. I am also a member of the Society for Embroidered Work. Both of these organisations promote contemporary textile art and its consideration as an art form.
Please contact me if you’d like to purchase an original artwork. I also sell my artworks at exhibitions and at Coast Art Gallery in Dunbar. I post my latest work on Instagram (@heidiingramtextileart).
- Two artworks selected as finalist entries for the National Needlecraft Awards (‘Best Original Embroidery Design’ and ‘Best Miniature’ categories). These were exhibited at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show at Kensington Olympia (2019).
- Two artworks selected for the Contemporary Stitched Art exhibition by the Society for Embroidered Work, Clerkenwell Gallery, London (2019).
- 3 Harbours Arts Festival @ Haddstock (2018)
- St Abbs Annual Art exhibition (2018)