Curriculum Vitae of Isobel Freeman
and
Artist's Statement

Current CV

Qualifications and Training

2000

City and Guilds in Machine Embroidery

2005 - 2007 Certificate in Embroidery and Design

2007-2009

City and Guilds Diploma in design and Embroidery

Courses at Alston Hall with various tutors, including Ruth Issett, Ray Slater and Sandra Coleridge.

 
Exhibitions
2013 Astley Hall, Chorley, Lancashire
2012/2013 The Farm, Burscough, Lancashire
2012/2013 Haworth Gallery, Accrington, Lancashire
2012 Samlesbury Hall, Preston, Lancashire
2012 Brabins Gallery, Chipping, Lancashire
2012 Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts, Aintree, Liverpool
2011 Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts, Aintree, Liverpool
2010 Brabin's Gallery, Chipping, Longridge

 

Organisation Memberships

2010

One Step On Textile and Embroidery Group

 

Embroiderers Guild

 

Fellside Felters

 

Lytham Art Society.

 
 

Artist's Statement

I started embroidery, when I was a child, I enjoyed doing kits with different stitches and techniques even from an early age as I was quickly bored with tent and cross stitch kits.  At this stage I was working from prepared designs, with maybe small changes to personalise them.
Nearly ten years ago, I decided that I would like to join an embroidery course to reinvigorate my hobby, I had in mind an informal group to give me an aim and to exchange ideas. Instead I started on a City and Guilds course in Machine Embroidery as this ran in the evening in St Annes, I enjoyed it and it got me learning new techniques and was a real challenge. 
A couple of years later I went to Preston college  and completed the first two years obtaining my Certificate in Embroidery and Design.  I then did the next two years of the Diploma at Lancaster Adult college with Judith Peacock as my tutor, which I completed in December 2009.
My designs are based on the natural world and include landscapes, trees and flowers which combines my love of walking and gardening along with photography for my design inspirations.
I use a mixture of stitches, initially using  a range  hand stitches, but now I mainly use Machine embroidery.  I also use embellishing, to create interesting backgrounds for stitching into or can be combined with hand made felt . I also enjoy colouring fabrics,  painting or dyeing your own fabrics and threads for a project is very satisfying.





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