Meet Gilda Baron, who creates the most beautiful textile landscapes by combining her skills of fabric painting with free machining and hand stitching.
Gilda makes beautiful layered landscapes, as she describes here, "I have developed a unique style of textile art, which bursts out of the frame with life and vitality. The techniques I use to achieve this include fabric dyeing, batik, hand and machine embroidery, hand made felt and applied pieces. The many layers are what makes my textile art so distinctive and draws the viewer into the scenes."
Coastal Path by Gilda Baron
Gilda is the author of an excellent book, "The Art of Embroidered Flowers", commissioned and published by Search Press, which shows many of the techniques and methods she uses, and has been featured in many different textile magazines. In the book, Gilda combines her love of nature and skills as a textile artist and embroiderer, in an inspirational and innovative step-by-step guide. Using painted and dyed backgrounds and hand and machine embroidery, she presents wonderful dimensional landscapes and flowered embroideries. She uses a number of techniques, including salt discharge, painting on dyes, masking out areas, and simple printing methods to make a background. The pictures are created by stitching onto the backgrounds. You can see more examples and find out about Gilda at her website, www.Gildabaron.com
Along the River by Gilda Baron
Gilda's techniques are simple and can be accomplished by anyone, she is a delightful teacher and enjoys sharing her knowledge with students. You can try her techniques yourself through her creative textile DVD workshop, "Inspired Textile Landscapes" In the DVD, Gilda teaches her method for stitching simple landscapes from the same textile techniques basis as her book. Inspired Textile Landscapes is now half price at £9.01 from Colouricious. Gilda also featured in the Talking Textiles TV series, where each week the programme featured a different textile artist, who talked, demonstrated and shared their own style of textile techniques. The series is still available on a double DVD, and at the moment, if you buy the series, Colouricious will send you the Christmas special for free.
Gilda's work is owned by collectors all over the world, and she has held solo exhibitions in the UK, and had her own work, and work as part of various textile groups displayed in Europe. Gilda has two exhibitions in the UK this year, work at The Cavendish Conference Venue, 44 Hallam Street London, Marylebone W1 and her solo exhibition at Hallam Conference Venue, 44 Hallam St, W1, both until 27th August 2015. She will also be teaching at the Knitting and Stitching Shows and Missenden Abbey Summer Schools, so look out for her work and her workshops this year.
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