Old Walls and Painted Halls ... and a bit of Myth and Magic with Maggie Grey

We met at Priory Hall, Andover on Monday 19 June 2017 to listen to a stimulating talk by Maggie Grey.

She took us on a world tour to a few of the places where she has found inspiration for her work. This included Chinese wall paintings in Xinjiang, the painted interior of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris and the Great Mosque of Cordoba, famous for its arches, not forgetting the House of Bones in Barcelona. Next stop, we landed in Portmeirion then off on a cruise round the Baltic!

Maggie explained how she interprets her photos and sketches and the various methods she uses to create her textile art. She told us about paper casting and soft sculpt and how to use them ourselves to make 3D forms, adding dimension and texture. She also reminded us not to overlook the use of an embellisher, again for creating texture and interest in our work.

Maggie's work incorporates both machine and hand stitching to create beautiful wall hangings, bags and artefacts. She brought a wide variety of her work to show us, which was greatly appreciated.

Many thanks, Maggie, for speaking to us and for sharing your experiences and generously giving us an insight into the techniques you use to create your beautiful and eye-catching work.