Amy is an artist whose practice has developed from a background in textiles and embroidery. Working from a home studio in Leicestershire, her textural pieces are inspired by a fascination with pattern, and often draw from nature. Particular inspiration is taken from macro and microscopic imagery. She can often be found on walks with her macro lens taking photos of stone walls, tree bark, lichen and moss. Key themes run throughout the making process including repetition, transition and changing surfaces. The work often has a sense of movement, whether this is through physical manipulation of sculptural pieces or simply the way a surface changes across a two-dimensional piece.
Amy’s current body of work uses robust paper for both sculptural and relief outcomes. Other materials used include silks, wool and thick canvas. Each material’s weight and texture inform construction methods and patterns as well as the overall feel of a piece. Subtle variations are achieved by hand dying or painting the chosen materials and carefully selecting and composing the ‘units’ to construct a form or surface. Careful selection of elements and construction using hand and machine stitch are approached methodically to create a gentle transitions and undulating forms.