Tuesday, 22 July 2008

'The Spirit of the Sea' Exhibition

Textile Designer-Maker Michelle Steel

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” (William Morris)

The purpose of Michelle's work is to stimulate and excite the mind, evoking appreciation for the visual and the handmade object. The work is inspired by her childhood spent in Southend seaside.

The textile canvas' created achieve innovative original aesthetics as well as a nostalgic feeling towards the seaside. Michelle's work is underpinned with the use of traditional textile techniques and the exploitation of the machine’s potential.

Each canvas is screen printed and hand embellished making each artwork a one off unique creation. Michelle is very passionate about colour, decoration, texture and print which are all reflected within her work, creating lively imagery that hopefully brings a smile to the viewer.

Michelle Steel's 'The Spirit of the Sea' exhibition runs from July - August at Coastal Creatives Boutique Gallery.


Christine said...

The quote by William Morris is so true!

Human beings are so creative and enquiring as a species yet we so often settle for mass produced repetitive design, images and craft.

I've put a link through to you. Hope it helps :-)

designs for health said...

This is so inspiring. Thank you for having this here.