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. No matter the subject matter, a still life or portraiture, the influence remains the same.
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. Because of my painting training my stitch work takes on a painterly appearance, using many various types of thread all there to mirror brush strokes and light.
My work is often confused for free style machine stitching, but don't be fooled, every inch of each piece is embroidered by hand and based on drawings made by hand from life or a reference photo - 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 and 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.
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