Living on the north Somerset coast, I am driven by my passion for natural fibres, texture and the changing landscape I see around me. This inspires my work, either through colour, shape or form.
I enjoy the concept of 'looking through' - the idea that beyond the initial layer you can observe the minutiae and complexity of life. The palette of a winter landscape has subtle, muted colours but also hidden gems like the burnt orange or rich beetroot of dogwood in a season when you wouldn't expect to see anything so vibrant.
I translate this into my own hand-made fabric either by weaving, felting or knitting, sometimes using recycled yarn or fabric which I make into pieces of felt. I enjoy incorporating natural found objects into my work such as leaves, seed heads, twigs, shells and seaweed to add the depth and intricacy found in nature.
These fabrics I use to make wearable art - scarves, snoods, wraps, handmade jewellery or as a basis for a piece of mixed-media artwork which will be further stitched, embroidered, embellished and framed. I also design cards showing aspects of my work.
Since gaining her City and Guilds in Creative Embroidery and HND in Interior Design, Sharon has been active in the community arts scene, exhibiting at galleries across the South West and in Somerset Art Weeks. Accompanied by other local artists, Sharon undertook an artistic study recording a year in the life of the garden at Holt Organic Gardens, Blagdon culminating in a celebrated two week exhibition.
Currently Sharon is exhibiting her work at The Gallery, Cockington Court, Torquay and Sea Breeze Gallery, Burnham-on-Sea.