Alison Bell

Concepts My textile craft practice revolves round reflection, experimentation and creative play; central to this is the environment where I work on a small Scottish island. Here the weather is elemental in its effects on the shoreline where wind and water constantly alter its appearance. These changes, the surfaces they throw up, are my sources of inspiration and my need to visualise them constantly impacts on my creative practice. The methods I use to explore these changes in surface qualities are based on traditional textile techniques such as painting, printing, stitch and collage on fabric. However the combination of these with digital technology is allowing me to develop ideas more quickly and in greater depth than before. The integration of tacit knowledge of textile crafting skills, digital photography and wide format digital printing is opening up new worlds of expression and communication. Through collaborating with fellow textile artists and researchers, I have developed an interest in reflecting on my practice and found its value in developing a ''new voice'' for my future artworks. The outcome of this reflection is an experimental body of work, which seeks to illustrate the transitional phases of the shoreline. Influences Ancient cultures/myths, nature, water, landscape; own cultural identity (Scottish); own gender (female). Experience Residencies, education, own creative practice, exhibiting. read full statement

Location Shiskine, Scotland