Q&A Dionne Swift


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


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.


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.


Thank you Dionne!


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