Jill Flower – Textile/Paper Artist

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 Jill Flowers works with paper in a way you’ve probably never seen before.  On first glance it looks like fabric, possibly lace, her delicate work blurs our preconception’s of materials in a delightful way.  Her two major works maps the life journey of ‘modern woman and man’ tracking their course from baby hood through childhood and adolescence into adulthood, old age and eventually death.  It is a subtle message, not a loud shout but careful examination of her work will reveal the journey communicated gently by our reading matter through the the ages of our lives.  

My creativity is mostly sustained by my love and passion for textiles and stitch.  However, I find that computer and administration hinders my working day and imagination.

I begin my ideas for work with thorough research into a project, quite a formal process of investigation, sketching and finally sampling with textiles, usually very experimentally.

The anchor of my work is inspiration.  It’s the starting point of all my projects and it’s the backbone of what I do.

This can be a very worrying and depressing thought, so far there has been a slow progression to the workbut it’s continuing to evolve naturally and find it’s own journey

I sat A level art many, many moons ago and as a young adult tended to be creative/artistic.  I did not go back to college until 2004 purely to further my knowledge of art and stitch.  I had a job as an interior designer so the one day a week at college was really considered a hobby.  At my graduation show the work was spotted and was awarded a touring exhibition visiting UK and Ireland, my life changed from this point becoming a full time textile artist in 2010.  So the path was a long and winding journey.

Some people ask how being an artist informs my life, and, to be honest, it’s too early in my career to really tell but I am enjoying the new challenge.

The one thing that does not interest me at all artistically is designs made by computers.  I will always make art by hand.

I have completed commissions but much rather develop work for my own enjoyment.  I feel commissions quite restricting and nerve racking.  “Will they like it?”  “Is this what they envisaged?”  “Have I got the brief, the message or colour right?”  Luckily, the work is very difficult to make an exact repeat.

I am a newcomer to the world of selling art, so far my pieces have sold through exhibitions and shows.  I don’t believe I have sold any from a web site.  I find marketing myself an ordeal; really difficult.  I just want to be in my studio.  The creativity and choices made to date probably would be the same even if I had won the lottery!

A difficult one due to the present climate, although there does seem to be a trend towards contemporary art and crafts being purchased, as they are unique and not massed produced.  New galleries are opening up exhibiting a complete range of mediums, from jewellery to ceramics, painters to textiles, all supporting their local artists.  Hooray!

I would love to have an assistant or manager that could organise all the administration work, marketing, preparing submission forms for exhibitions but especially all the I.T. computer work so I could just have complete indulgent days, even weeks playing in the studio.  Absolute heaven!  If they could feed the washing machine, sort the ironing, rearrange the house with a duster and be a whizz in the kitchen, that would be a bonus!  But I feel that would be pushing it a little!

A new textile based skill would be screen printing.  One day I hope to go on a course. But,  if it were to be a new, new skill I would like to learn about ceramics.

I like to keep the studio fairly ordered which is important to me, but being a bit of a mucky worker it never seems to stay tidy for long.  I call it ‘my organised chaos’.  Between projects I will give the studio a thorough clean to start afresh.

Come and see Jill’s work in the gallery until May 8th.

 

 

 

 

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