Sylvia Whitehouse

 

 

Preoccupations with the fragility of nature and an interest in the precious reality of threatened plants and animals has been a focus for me over the last couple of years.

More recently I’ve been observing the changes taking place in my tiny garden as the year goes round and the plants and birds come and go as the seasons change. I’m making work which reflects this.

I’m also experimenting with ecodyeing, mainly on silk, at present and using as much as I can plants from the garden. In general I’m drawn to detail: tiny fragments of flowers, details of pattern on a birds wing, weeds growing in the cracks of pavements. I often combine hand stitch with print and I like old, worn fine fabrics – lawn, silk, threadbare household linens and old fashioned soft wool blankets.