Metal Threadwork (Goldwork)

Whilst working towards my City & Guilds a gauntlet was thrown down suggesting that I would not have the patience to take on the details of “Gold Work”.  I naturally accepted the challenge and am so glad that I did.  Using metallic threads, leather pieces, beads, chippings, spangles and other items I am really enjoying designing and creating both detailed and loose contemporary pieces. 

Here I’m exploring space and time. This is a detail from a 2022 series in progress “Black Holes”

Created on black cotton with burnished gold thread. Creating straight lines is a challenge.

and here in burnished copper metal thread



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This detail is from one of my personal favorite series inspired by the dancing female tomb figures from the SCVA permanent collection.

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“Boteh in Red with Tassel” takes inspiration from the Norwich Shawl collection at the Castle Museum. On a wool flannel background I’ve needle felted in wool gauze and embroidered with copper and silk threads.

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