Jenni Cadman

Jenni Cadman

Artist, Maker, Teacher

My work is concerned primarily with abstract imagery and the translation of the drawn and painted mark into fabrics and stitch. From initial explorations on paper to the finished textile the whole process is crucial in forming the content of a piece and in developing a personal response to the landscape from where I draw my inspiration.

Over the years I have employed a wide range of techniques,
media and materials involving machine embroidery, applique, transparent fabrics and paint for example along with the manipulation of fabrics by fraying, bonding, distressing and forming.

Recent work, begun in 2006, has concentrated on a daily walk through the landscape of a Dorset deer park. For this collection stitch has become the predominant feature, a laborious procedure of using the small to create the large. Using the rhythmical action of the sewing machine I apply threads in both broad flourishes and intricate details to suggest brushed colours or the spontaneous flow of a drawn line.

Alongside making my exhibition and commissioned pieces I have continued, in my role as a teacher, to develop a portfolio of work to demonstrate embroidery and applique techniques within schools, colleges and to regional embroidery guilds.

1980 HNDipAD, Printed Textile Design, Reigate School of Art & Design, Surrey
1997 City & Guilds Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate
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Location Dorset, South West
Activities Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Workshops, Private commissions
Artforms / type of project Textiles
Tags stitched textiles, Textile Art, Fine Art Textiles, Embroidery, Embroidered landscapes, Thread Drawings, Free machine Embroidery

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