Me page

dancing tree close upThis is me –

I am a freelance artist  living and working in York, UK.  I  specialise in textiles,  particularly freehand machine embroidery, but still draw and paint as well as  making historical costumes.


Currently have some pieces at Art in the Mill, Knaresborough, and thank you to all those who supported me  during the York Open Studios and at the Saltaire Arts Trail.

At present the themes are to do with landscape, moving through it, distances and spaces, and of course the trees.  The work disciplines tend to cross pollinate quite freely – I am beginning to draw more as I  would on the sewing machine and am painting  and drawing on the textile pieces.  In both  disciplines the use of line and areas of layered transparent tone  or colour  create the images  in a combination of  wet and dry media and techniques. This  may be very unpredictable way of working but it is fun. I like the idea of  orchestrating and directing rather than being in absolute control.  It is a very responsive  process and certainly no two pieces will ever be the same. Every time I plug in and switch on it is an adventure.


 As a qualified and experienced art tutor I also  host workshops  on art and freehand machine work.

I do one or two  tutor days  at home most months  These are only  for  a maximum of 4 or 5 people at a time so stake a claim early!crop   Stitchy Days –

Intro to freehand machining  –  13th Sept 

Drawing with your machine – 6th Sept

Freehand Machining -Trees! – TBA

Layering – quick, raw applique and stitch.  27th Aug

O to 60 Days 2nd July. Starting with sketching then translating into stitch and fabric. 30th Aug 17th Sept

  Details on facebook  or email me. 

I also do a series of one day or half day workshops  run by the Viking Loom in York – please see their website for details. .


If you wish to purchase, to commission work, or to ask about  the Viking Loom workshops, At Home ‘Open’ Days (have a break from your 4 walls and come and share mine in my workroom)  and  freelance tutorials please contact me by email or on the frantextiles  facebook page ( link below).


Exhibiting –


Summer Salon  at the Art in the Mill Gallery, Knaresborough. From 11th July as part of the FEVA festival, and continuing til mid September.

Great North Art Show, Ripon Cathedral, September.


website –

facebook  –  Fran Brammer  artist page

email –



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