Fellow student Hannah Sycamore elaborates on her unique mixed media artwork. View more of Hannah’s work on her blog: http://www.three3art.blogspot.co.uk.
I work on mixed media artwork but focus on the textile medium. The background of each work is layers of paper, sheet music and strips if paper. These are then covered with lace, which has been manipulated and sometimes burnt in order to make it more tactile and to give the works a feeling of nostalgia. I always use flowered lace, as my original inspiration came from Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden and the rather philosophical quote, ‘Where you tend a rose, a thistle cannot grow’. I love how Burnett presents nature as possessing spiritual healing qualities.
I use all my own photographs (unless the work is a commission); I have recently become more interested in architecture. I then free-machine the images onto the canvas, and the final touch is to add the buttons. These also give the piece a nostalgic feel. I developed my technique from a variety of contemporary textile artists, especially Hollie Caley and Rosie James. I particularly love the work of Linda Young – her sewn roses are just fabulous. I hope to keep experimenting with and developing my work – over the summer I would like to look at the concept of imagined words. I will perhaps look further into fairy tales, the roles they play in our childhood and the subsequent nostalgia we feel for them as a result.