November 20, 2012

Introducing textile artist, Liz Cooksey…

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I’m delighted today to feature a very talented textile artist called Liz Cooksey.

She uses a range of hand and machine textile techniques to produce her richly decorative floral-inspired embroideries.

I contacted Liz recently to delve into why she started her business and what inspired her…

When did you start your business and where are you based?

I’m based in Manchester.  I came to do a degree in embroidery and ended up never leaving.

I’ve always made textile art but decided to give it more time about five years ago.

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Where do you get inspiration for your floral designs? 

Flower and leaf forms have been a constant source of inspiration.

From looking at the minutiae within a single flower head to hedgerows of wild flowers, and even a simple walk to the shops and noticing the leaves on the trees.

I draw and take photographs to help form ideas for my textiles. 

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What are your plans for the remainder of 2012/2013?

Having recently exhibited at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in Spinningfields in Manchester and sold a significant amount of work, I’m keen to build up a new body of work ready to exhibit again.

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Do you have a favourite flower?

When it comes to selecting my favourite flower it’s very difficult.  It would have to be between an anemone and cow parsley.

Here are just a few more examples of Liz’s stunning work…

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Aren’t her designs just so beautiful?  I love their vibrancy and intricacy…they really make me smile.

Many thanks to Liz for all her help in compiling today’s blog post. I hope her embroideries have brought a little bit of sunshine into your day!

(Images : Liz Cooksey)

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