Art has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I grew up surrounded by my grandad’s art work and was certain that this would be a path that I would follow. Keeping this in mind, it feels strange that the past six months of my life have been empty of the passion I once had for art work and the creative buzz that it gave to me. Since graduating from university, I haven’t as much as picked up a pencil.
But here we have ‘Ma Bicyclette’, an opportunity for me to step back into this world. I am going to start this journey by revisiting my old sketch books and sharing some of the many very inspirational artists who helped my own work to flourish.
This brings me to Alice Kettle, a contemporary UK based textile artist. I came across her art whilst in my final year. I was taken by the raw emotion that evokes from her work. The feeling and the passion. Alice uses stitch and embroidery metaphorically to respond to real life feelings. Her artwork captures real life moments. I feel like this is an essential quality for a piece of art to hold.
On an aesthetic level, I love the subtle use of colour. This makes me feel at peace. And the skillful use of texture achieved through drawing with stitch adds a feeling of chaos – kind of like my mind :D. These two conflicting feelings work beautifully together in art form.
I am certain that Alice Kettle’s work moved me to being able to express myself within my own work as I admired the powerful voice that she has through her art. I feel that everybody should be able to take a little bit of inspiration from Alice Kettle, whether this is in an artistic sense or not. Either way, I’m starting to feel like I am ready to open my sketchbook again, put my own inner thoughts onto paper and restart my creative journey.