Saturday, 18 May 2019

The artistic textures of Diana McKinnon

Diana's love of fabric and thread started in early childhood. Whilst she initially worked in oils and ceramics, she more recently came back to using fabric, thread and mixed media to create her pictures.

As an experienced traveller, Diana is inspired by the natural beauty in the landscapes and surfaces that she sees and which lend themselves well to the media that she works in.

During her travels to Australia and New Zealand, Diana was struck by the effect of colour and light on the landscapes and sea.

"This led me to experiment with layering lurex and chiffon to reflect the vibrancy of the colours of the scenery," she says.

Diana's work was originally historically based, covering art from Crete and ancient Greece, but many different influences can now be seen: the natural environment and the architecture of Venice as well as artists such as Mackintosh, Monet and Klimt.

The materials and techniques used in Diana's work are varied. The former include chiffon, silk, metallic thread, sea shell fragments, paper, metal, ceramics and handmade textiles such as silk paper and the latter range from stitching and free machine embroidery to melting, creating burned edges and distressing fabric.

"A key feature in my work is the layering of different fabrics which achieves two kinds of effect: creating depth of colour and vision as well as removing sections of material to reveal the colours below," says Diana.

"The work is then embellished with metal, beads, silk paper and free machine embroidery."

Diana's work is featured in our exhibition "And Then Came Spring", which runs until Monday 27th May.

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