Based in the North East of England, I am an artist whose work is influenced by the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors where I grew up. Using colours and textures and absorbing the sounds and feelings from the landscape. I hand embroider my artwork in my home studio and on location. It fascinates me how tiny details of colour and texture can be found in the darkest depths of the wilderness, whilst sounds of rushing grasses and wittering lapwings influence the energy and depth of a stitch.
My main objective when working is to experiment with surface texture and colour, whether it be portrait or landscape. I work with thread exactly how I would paint with oil paint, building layers and injecting tiny spots of colour to create an image from the simple to the complex, with hidden details to draw you into the finished subject.
I like to use appliqué and beautiful fabric finds often to create interesting depth but am now tending to use more embroidery only in much of my pieces, which normally creates a more painterly appearance. Because my work has a lengthly process and involves a contemporary embroidery practice each piece is a labour of love and you become very committed and attached to each piece, only letting go when you know you have given every inch of yourself to finished artwork.
Every creation is unique and no design is reproduced, each containing its own personality and soul. Thread, fabric, yarn, painted dyes over stitched and sometimes transfer prints of her drawings all merge together into an embroidered painting or lampshade. Her work is often confused for free style machine stitching but don't be fooled every inch of each piece is embroidered by hand, a lengthly process but one that creates a strong tactile nature that only using ones hands can create.
Marna is an award winning artist and has exhibited across the country, sold work across the world. She has worked closely with the BBC, Liberty of London, Mollie Makes magazine to name a few and continues to teach at sold out venues throughout Britain. Originally trained at the Manchester School of Art in Fine Art, she still considers herself a painter but has moved mediums from oils to threads.
Commissioning a piece of work is really exciting – it is a chance to have something made especially for you and an opportunity to really engage in the creative process.
Perhaps you need accessories to go with a particular outfit or a piece of furniture to fit a specific space in your home. We can work with you to design something truly unique. You’ll be able to discuss your ideas, likes and dislikes with the Maker and together create a piece of craft, handmade for you.
This is just a first step, so don't worry, there’ll be plenty of chances to discuss details before finalising a commission.