I draw inspiration from the colours, patterns and textures found in nature. At home I am surrounded by the beautiful farmland, moorlands and coastal landscapes of East Lothian, Scotland. I aim to absorb the details of these tranquil places into my artwork.
After many years of stitching I began creating my own hand-embroidered textile art works in 2017.
I like to experiment with stitch techniques, paint and collage, to add depth to my work. My work is slow and has a meditative aspect. Hand stitch takes a lot of time and patience. I like to focus on the process, not just the results.
My artworks are created on hand-painted cotton or linen fabric. I embrace the unpredictable results of painting on fabric, adding collage and embroidery to create a three-dimensional, textural effect. My works are heavily stitched using a selection of cotton, wool and linen threads. I embroider the details using an intuitive and spontaneous slow stitch process, guided by the work itself.
I have long been interested in the natural environment, rural landscapes and plant life. As a keen gardener, I love building up plant combinations and finding the right plants for the different microclimates around the gardens I’ve designed. I hold a degree in Botany with Microbiology and a PhD in Plant Science, which led to a working life centred around technical and online writing.
In recent years I’ve had the good fortune and opportunity to blend my writing and art work.
Alongside my creative practice, I am a content curator, technical editor and editor for TextileArtist.org, writing website articles and helping to produce their Stitch Club course materials. I’m a member of the Society for Embroidered Work. Both of these organisations promote contemporary textile art and its consideration as a fine art form.
I have a small range of cards and notebooks available in my online shop, printed and produced by a local Scottish company. You can also find these in store at Beech and Birch in Gifford, and online at Etsy.
I post my embroidery work on Instagram (@heidiingramtextileart).
- Undersea artwork selected for the Surface and Depth juried exhibition by the Society for Embroidered Work, Palazzo Velli Expo, Rome (2021)
- Two artworks selected as finalist entries for the National Needlecraft Awards (‘Best Original Embroidery Design’ and ‘Best Miniature’ categories) and exhibited at the Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Kensington Olympia, London (2019)
- Two artworks selected for the ‘Contemporary Stitched Art’ juried exhibition by the Society for Embroidered Work, Clerkenwell Gallery, London (2019)
- 3 Harbours Arts Festival @ Haddstock (2018)
- St Abbs Annual Art exhibition (2018)