Gilli Slater

Phone number: 07518 461 267
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This artist has work in the Outdoor Art Trail at Venue 20

My work is mainly inspired by the beautiful landscape of the Arnside and Silverdale area. It comes from an imaginative recollection of the textures, light and feelings I have experienced, rather than true life. My pictures can be seen in local galleries, cafes and exhibitions. I have also undertaken several private commissions and run textile art workshops for schools, art groups and artist’s studios.

I have lived and worked in this area for 40 years. After retiring from 25 years of teaching I found time to follow a more artistic path. This had been lying dormant since I gained a degree from Southampton University in Textile Art and Education in the 1970’s.

Inspiration for my art work comes from the colours and forms found in the local scenery. I have a special love for trees and the light that plays through them, their knobbly trunks, twisted roots and the distant vistas to be glimpsed through them. I developed my unique technique of winkled fabric to enhance the textural qualities of the landscape that inspires me.

To create the wrinkled effect in my pictures a piece of treated wet fabric is sculpted onto a board. Powdered Brusho dye crystals are then applied to create unique textures and colour markings. I love the random effects they create, making each of my pictures completely individual. Often I see small beings appearing in the dye which I encourage to become part of the picture.

I also create lino prints on textile which are further enhanced using Brusho dye. The effects caused by the vibrant colours migrating through the textile fabric never cease to amaze me.