Amanda Richardson lives in Cornwall (England), surrounded by beautiful landscape, the sea and her inspiring garden.
I asked her about her technique: I make a brief pencil drawing to work out the weight and movement of the composition. If it is to be a commission I paint a colour design so everyone knows just what is in my mind. I do work from photographs, but use them as reference for ideas rather than directly copying. I always prefer to work directly from flowers brought into the studio. All the fabrics are hand dyed, heat fusible glue is then applied to the back of the fabrics before they are cut. I then cut and place the fabrics to build up the layers of collage. When complete this is fixed with steam. I do not use any stitching. Many people contact me to ask this question because they have not found heat fusible glue sufficiently robust. The answer is to apply enough heat. This is really tough on many fabrics and it is important to test them before using them in a collage.
Amanda Richardson uses a lot of different fabrics such as velvet, satin and silk. When cutting she is very much aware of the grain of the fabrics combining it in different ways. Therefore with changing lights and when walking by her collages the artwork changes permanently producing a natural and dynamic impression.
Check out Amanda Richardson’s website www.amandarichardsonartist.com. But be sure to have a lot of time or bookmark it to come back later because you will not only find stunning textile art but also a lot of inspiring videos.
Enjoy Amanda Richardson and her textile collages!