Sharon tells us how she creates her beautiful textiles and cards:
“I am Sharon Blackman, a textile artist living in Little Waltham with my husband Rob. We have 2 daughters and two lovely granddaughters – and a grandson very soon. I have been making textile pictures for about 20 years and I use all recycled fabrics gathered from charity shops and donated by family and friends. The techniques I use are appliqué and simple embroidery stitches.
I particularly enjoy making pictures of the seaside, floral themes, homes and gardens and children’s characters. I don’t use patterns as I think this gives a fresh, unstructured feel to my work and I love the soft hues of washed out and worn fabrics which have been loved over time.
Over the years I have sold my original pictures in galleries, shops, exhibitions and fairs. Rob and I make prints of the images and turn these into hand-made and hand-finished greetings cards. I also do designs for various greeting card companies.
Here is a bit about three of my designs:
The lavender picture is very recent and I have been inspired lately by French style market bags\baskets, filled with exuberant bunches of flowers and greenery. I will definitely be doing more of these!
The green picture is made from scraps of fabric given to me by a friend. I can’t resist a glass bottle or jar with a bunch of garden flowers within.
The beach hut picture is one of my many seaside themed pictures. I enjoy using faded blues and creams, ginghams and stripes. I particularly love the seaside on a cool, refreshing day and am inspired by those soft colours.
I have been trading at Wivenhoe market since May and enjoy every moment. I love the community atmosphere and the range of items for sale. People are friendly, supportive and enthusiastic, and I find Wivenhoe an inspirational place to be.”