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Elizabeth Sayers

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After years of working as a Management Consultant, I trained as a Textile Artist. I studied part time for 7 years at East East Berkshire College in Windsor, where I then lived. I graduated in 2007 with a Higher Education Diploma in Stitched Textiles. On graduation I started to exhibit and now sell my work through galleries and at exhibitions. What started as a leisure interest became an obsession and is now a fulfilling way of life. My passion and inspiration is landscape; woodland and waterside, fields and moorland, sea and sky. My ideas come from walking in the countryside. My aim is to distil that rich experience to its simplest elements of light, shade, line, and colour. I use fabric and thread to create textile wallhangings that evoke a sense of place and the feeling of being there. My early work was a celebration of the woodland and waterside around Windsor Forest, Windsor Great Park and Virginia Water. I now live in West Dorset, and my inspiration comes from walking these ancient lanes, hedgerows woodlands and coast. My pieces also represent an inner landscape; they are my emotional response to the natural world. I experiment with with different methods of printing and dyeing, including breakdown printing A few drawings enable me to create multiple prints with different colours and marks. I use mostly silks of different weights and textures, some transparent. The printed fabrics are layered, quilted and then hand and machine stitched. This long meditative process enables me to to reconnect with the landscape, and renew my vision at every stage If you would like to commission a piece inspired by your favourite landscape, please contact me. I will be happy to come and look and talk. I am also happy to give public talks about my work and the methods I use.

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