about my art - my techniques - what I do and why

exhibitions and events

get in touch - how to order



My techniques

Over the years I have experimented with the textures and patterns that can be created with yarns, fabrics and stitch. I wind, twist, knit, weave and sculpt yarn, combining hand dyed boucle wool and fleece with fine and slub silks and cotton. I fold, crumple, cut, tear, print on and layer silks, muslin, organza, chiffon, net, linen and cotton to build up areas of colour. I use simple hand and machine stitching to attach materials and to highlight and embellish. I revel in the possibilities and unpredictability of working in this dynamic way, as it enables me to manipulate, explore and create new effects. It is light years away from the predictability of mathematics!

What I do and why

Natural organic forms inspire me: skeletons of trees and leaves, field patterns, the sparkle on water, shadows on mountains or sea foam on sand.

I am also attracted to geometric patterns and designs and man made structures, such as forms of paving, and stone walls. My love of mathematics means that Celtic knots and Islamic tiles are an ongoing inspiration.For years I have collected hand dyed yarns, fleece, cotton and flax, oddments of wood and beads as well as preloved scarves and offcuts of hand printed cottons, linens, silks, ribbon and braiding. I love their colour and feel, and enjoy turning that which would ordinarily be discarded into something I consider beautiful.

Playing with yarns and stitches, sorting and matching colours, and experimenting with textures has fed my creative spirit.

The use of slow hand-stitching has added an important meditative quality to my practice. As part of my ongoing learning as an artist, I reflect on my choices of design, stitch and fabric, and always seek new and interesting effects.

I hope you derive some pleasure from looking at my textile art.

Exhibitions & Events

2023 West Barn, Bradford on Avon, Wonderlust Exhibition

2023 Emmanuel’s Yard, Trowbridge, Hope Springs Exhibition

2022 The Black Swan Gallery, Frome, Clothroad Artists Exhibition 

2022 Marden House, Calne, Calne Arts Festival Exhibition

2022 Cassia Avonworks, Bradford on Avon, Clothroad Arts Week Exhibition

2022 Clothroaarts week exhibitionin Cassia Avonworks,Bradford onAvon

2022 WEFT, West of England Festival of Textiles,Trowbridge Museum

2021 The Pound Corsham - The Pound Open Exhibition

2021 Court Street Gallery, Trowbridge - M & M: a joint exhibition with Malcolm Ward

2021 Court Street Gallery, Trowbridge - CollArt: a joint exhibition with Jessica Wilker

2020 Black Swan Gallery, Frome - Exhibition of Small and Affordable Art

2020 Town Hall, Trowbridge - Exhibition of locally made art created during lockdown

2019 Devizes Museum, Devizes - Exhibition of Cloth Road Artists

2017 Bradford on Avon - Artists Open Studio Exhibition

2015 Bradford on Avon - Artists Open Studio Exhibition

get in touch

If you have any general questions or about particular pieces of my work, get in touch

If your enquiry is about a particular piece, include its title, price for the work, 

If you would to be put on my email list so I can let you know when new works are added then email me at -  marybradingart@icloud.com and request to be kept up to date with my work

 how to order

To purchase and pay for one of my textiles, email me

directly marybradingart@icloud.com 

Include the title, the price for the work plus the cost of postage and packing and your address

There are three options to pay

  • I can invoice you via PayPal - there is no need for you to have a PayPal account to use this way of paying

  • I can send you my bank sort code and account number and you can do a bank transfer

  • Cash on collection.  This saves the cost of postage  and insurance