Artist, embroiderer & collector of stories

 

Textile Work & Influences

My inspiration comes from the every day – every day people and every day things. I’m fascinated by people and their stories: particularly their reflections and memories of ordinary home and working lives.

I love words and text and this features strongly in my work– often in the form of handwriting taken from old letters and postcards or snippets of conversation – recording words exactly as they are spoken. The words are meticulously hand stitched – a slow and thoughtful process that leaves a permanent mark of something that may have previously been dismissed as insignificant.

 

Telling stories of everyday lives through stitch
Telling stories of imagined lives from the text of old letters

Wherever possible I use discarded materials – often old pieces of clothing or domestic textiles. I believe that materials previously used, washed and worn carry their own stories. I love the thought that an old piece of clothing is implanted with stories of the wearer or that a piece of vintage table linen holds the secrets of a household.

Capturing emotions felt at the moment that pen touches paper

I layer and patch these “past fragments” together, combining them with hand stitch – offering a glimpse into lives all but forgotten or overlooked. Hand stitching is really important to me – there is something very personal about leaving your mark with needle and thread.

I am a member of Prism and edge – textile artists Scotland.

I also have two fabulous photographer friends Michael Graham of The Studio, Penicuik and Carole Fitzgerald of Lazy Sunday. I wouldn’t have such beautiful images on my website without them.

Period Living article about Ali FergusonFind out more:

Cloth Work

Wood Work

Workshops

Short CV

Press

Read more about my work and influences at Textile Artist.org

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