KARA CHAMBERS www.devonhandmaid.com A Place Within the Mystery… My passion lies in noticing, experiencing and recording a moment held within the natural world in (on) which we all depend. My work is mainly intuitive, drawing directly from time spent in my local countryside of Devon. I start each piece by making rough sketches to ‘capture’ a moment, sense or feeling. I journal extensively to gain a further sense and knowledge of the animals and plants that I am representing in stitch. The main body of each piece is constructed from carefully chosen preloved textiles, which I colour using both procion and natural dyes. These are then hand printed and/or painted and pieced together using a variety of hand stitches. I also often incorporate natural finds and meaningful text within my work creating a mixed media collage whilst rescuing old embroideries and hand stitching them using broderie perse appliqué into the landscape in the belief that this honours the original embroiderer and enhances the story of each piece. Facebook: Devon Handmaid
The Hidden This late Spring textile was my first landscape, although the Hare had travelled with me for a number of years before breaking free. I have learned so much about how to dye and make marks on fabric, using recycled materials where possible. I enjoy the process of collaging, and have discovered that I prefer the art of slow hand stitching. I also enjoy creating a story depicting my local landscape, while celebrating the work of other embroiderers using Broderie Perse appliqué. I was drawn to both patchwork and quilting and embroidery approximately 10 years ago. I went to an exhibition of both and couldn’t decide which one I liked most. 10 years on I started my with journey of quilting and am now exploring embroidery.