Bella is certainly an imaginative and somewhat whackey stitcher, who love perspex. At our summer school we used acetate and a laminator but for her graduate piece, Bella made a life size arch , embellished with unusal "thread" to represent her journey and completion of her degree. It was on display in the Market Place some years ago and no photograph could really do it justice.
However Bella gave us a potted history of her craft so far. She had worked at Gawthorpe Hall and many other interesting places, including the Slumberland bed factory. Her view of materials and what can be done with them is amazing. I loved her work for the Orient House in Manchester, combining social and industrial history and using the jaquard loom as her starting point.
Bella has travelled and learned many new skills, including a variety of local mexican stitches that were really colourful. My photos will not do justice but she can be contacted for presentations/workshops at
Thank you Bella for your amazing slant on stitching. I will never really use perspex but love your thought process.
Our meeting began with Glennys showing us 4 of her pieces that were inspired by Marion Jasmiks workshop.
and finally there was a small display of the work created at the Encaustic Art workshop last weekend. Most pieces need a lot of stitching.