Introducing textile artist, 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.
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.
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.
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…
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)