I draw inspiration from the colours, patterns and textures found in nature.
Surrounded by the beautiful farmland, moorlands and coastal landscapes of East Lothian in Scotland, I aim to absorb the details of these tranquil places into my artwork.
My work is slow and has a meditative aspect. Hand stitch takes a lot of time and patience, but I enjoy the tactile nature of the process.
I like to experiment with stitch techniques, paint and collage to add depth to my work.
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 highly textured 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 layers of plant combinations in the garden. In the same way, I like to blend layers of colour and texture in my artwork.
I hold a degree in Botany with Microbiology and a PhD in Plant Science, which led to work as a technical author and editor.
In recent years I’ve had the good fortune and opportunity to blend my passions for writing and textile art.
Alongside my creative practice, I am a technical editor, writer and content curator for TextileArtist.org. I write articles and produce course materials for the Stitch Club. 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 locally-printed cards and notebooks available online at Etsy and at Beech and Birch in Gifford. Occasionally I sell my art at exhibitions and festivals, and at Coast Art Gallery in Dunbar.
I post my latest 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 for the Contemporary Stitched Art juried exhibition by the Society for Embroidered Work, Clerkenwell Gallery, London (2019)
- 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)
- 3 Harbours Arts Festival @ Haddstock (2018)
- St Abbs Annual Art exhibition (2018)