Finding Inspiration with Anita Bell

On 15 June, we spent a very enjoyable evening in the company of Anita Bell, who talked to us about her work and where she finds inspiration.

Anita took an Access course at Portsmouth University and then went on to study at Chichester under the guidance of Carol Naylor, who encouraged her to use stitch and the sewing machine in her artwork. She became hooked!

In the past Anita has found inspiration in Monet's garden, frescos and Japanese gardens and is currently using photos of sunrises and sunsets taken throughout the year, to develop ideas. Originally working with muted tones, Anita's work is becoming brighter as she introduces more vibrant colours.

She works with tissue paper, either hand-dyed or painted with watercolour, then embellished with free machine embroidery. Her work also involves layering and working with paper mâché to create three dimensional  pieces.

Anita is a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and PaperWEIGHT.

Thank you Anita, for a truly inspiring talk, we were all enthralled and are looking forward to a workshop in the future.