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. At present the themes are to do with landscape, moving through it, distances and spaces, and of course the trees.
We are surrounded by landscape, it is a fusion of our needs and the underlying structures of the land itself. It is also a complex fiction that many of us believe in. Our relationship with it is endlessly fascinating and constantly changing, and this is at the root of my textile work. I explore this through manipulation of surfaces and structure, using hand and machine stitch, inclusions of found textures and colour to create images and evocative histories.
The work disciplines tend to cross pollinate quite freely – I am beginning to draw more as I would on the sewing machine while the textile pieces look more like my paintings. Combining so many approaches and disciplines may create a very unpredictable way of working but it is fun. I like the idea of orchestrating and directing rather than being in absolute control; certainly no two pieces will ever be the same. Every time I plug in and switch on it is an adventure.
If you wish to purchase, to commission work, or to ask about 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.
Middlesborough Town Centre, Dec 2nd & 9th.
York Open Studios, April 2019
York Textile Artists, Cemetery Chapel, York. 10, 11th November 2018.
Staithes Arts and Heritage Festival – Sept 2018
Art in the Mill Gallery, Knaresborough. Summer Salon and through out the year, 2018, 2017 and 2016.
York Literature Festival exhibition at Blossom St Gallery, York March 2018
York Open Studios 2018 , 2017 and 2016.
Great North Art Show – Ripon Cathedral, Sept 2017
Micklegate Art Trail, York. 2017
Saltaire Art Trail. May, 2017
Blossom Street Gallery, March 2017
facebook – Fran Brammer artist page
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