Working with stitch. Sewing thought. Sewing the said. Using needle and thread onto clothing – body spaces - to capture a moment. As sewing is slow, thought, speech, words move faster than the needle and are lost to the sew. What is recorded is what is.
Each piece of work evolves to become what it was meant to be as it does.
The above describes the textile work that I am making and my current way of thinking. I use conversation, quotations, sentences, single words or thoughts and embroider them. Originally the surface, particularly the hand-made felt I worked onto was the focus of my work, however, as I become increasingly interested in reportage, I use the medium of stitch to investigate contemporary use of language.
With a BA (hons) in Textile Design from Central School of Art and Design, Heidi designed hosiery and garment graphics and lecturered in textiles. In 2002 she formed Rojoart with two colleagues. Heidi began exhibiting artwork in 2006. She is a member of the International Feltmakers Association and exhibited in their international touring exhibition ‘The Climate is Changing’. Heidi is a felt-making tutor and gives workshops across the country. She also works as Costume Designer/Supervisor at the theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds.
'Just What Don't You Understand?' 2012