Q&A Dionne Swift

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Dionne Swift

What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I work with Textiles, but first I draw to help inform the tactile process. Referring to my drawings I develop stitched paintings using free machine embroidery – the thread colours and textures visually mix on the surface of the cloth, its a bit like pointillism.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Energetic, Textural, Abstract, Observed,

Do you have any design heroes?

I don’t really reference anyone will I work but I have always admired the prolific natures of Artists like Picasso and Matisse – they never stopped, their art was in them and the worked tired-lessly to get it out.

Where is your studio?

I have a log cabin type studio at the bottom of the garden. I absolutely love it, there are fantastic inspiration views from every window.

Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio –

Every day is different, bringing new discoveries and creative challenges

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Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I’m about to start on big commission to create painted window dressings for a large home in North Wales. Ian and Catherine have a wonderful view which is lost when they close their curtains – the brief is to bring their view back into sight! I also have a collection of lampshades to create for a New Nursing Home in Lincolnshire as well as other domestic venues.

Did you exhibit or visit last years SAT?

I was at Bean and Brush

What will you be selling at SAT15? Anything new?

This year I have a collection of hand painted and stitched lampshades to exhibit : over the last year I have been collaborating with Tone Von Krogh Ceramics to develop shades for her new lamp bases. This connection has grown over time and I will also be drawings and stitched pieces influence by Tone’s work.

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What venue are you exhibiting at on the trail?

Sarah Malone’s House and studio. Venue U.

Tell us something we don’t know

I run a selection of stitch masterclasses at Janome’s Head Quarters [the sewing machine company!] in Stockport – they are very popular and cater for all levels of ability.

http://www.dionneswift.co.uk

Thank you Dionne!

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