December 2015

Over the last month I have been investigating the possibility of having my watercolours digitized and machine embroidered. I have found a company that specialises in bespoke machine embroidery and they are currently digitising one of my images, transforming it into a file format so that it can be read by an embroidery machine and interpreted into different stitch types. Here are a couple of machine embroidery samples from my watercolours:

I am having one of them made for me at the moment and I am planning to show it in the New Year. I will also look to create my own digitised images as there are decisions to be made during the process, assigning stitch types to each section of the design and which direction these stitches will be. It is not a straightforward process and it will take me time to learn but I am keen to have some input in the outcome rather than leaving it all to someone else.

This process, if successful, will give me an opportunity to enlarge and enhance my watercolours. It is a new direction that will enable me to bring together my favourite mediums of watercolour and embroidery.

I have also been experimenting with appliqué. I think there is potential for me to emulate my watercolours with fabric by working with layers, paint and bleach. Here are a couple of samples I have worked on so far:


During December there will be the annual New England House Open Studio event.

I will be showing some of my work alongside many other artists and makers in the building. We will be open Thursday 10th, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th 12 – 8pm.

Finally, some drawings from the studio produced this month:




About Shelley Morrow

Since 2011 I have been predominantly a figurative artist with an interest in conveying expression, movement and gesture. I take the drawings I make and explore them through various processes, particularly embroidery, textiles and etchings. I graduated with a BA in Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in 1990 and currently taking my MA in Fine Art at Brighton University. I also work at Draw in Brighton, running and teaching Life Drawing sessions
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