Artist Information for Stephanie Crawford
My style is mainly pictorial and usually quite detailed, with a lot of colour. I am especially interested in perspective and light and how their use can give depth to a piece of work. Buildings and steps and pathways always attract my attention and I take a lot of photographs when travelling, at home or abroad, or just dog-walking locally, which can be useful for reference when I am looking for a particular effect, such as sky at dusk or the way shadows fall. Occasionally I include a real place in my work, but tend to use quite a lot of artistic licence and will happily make a lot of changes in order to make a pleasing picture.
When I have the germ of an idea for a quilt, or series of quilts, I start by making small sketches and, when I feel I have something to work on, I do a larger drawing, often several, until I am happy with the balance of the piece, although the end result might still differ quite a bit from the original sketch.
My designs are drawn onto cotton and then painted with fabric paints before being densely free-machine quilted. I often use applique to create more depth and will paint and stitch the piece in detail before applying it to the main quilt.
My aim is always to create a picture which invites the viewer to put their own interpretation on the scene, so I try to draw them in, to come close and see the detail and think about what they see. There might even be a bit of a message.Images scroll down to view all
And Then Three Came Along at Once43" X 32"
My quilt for the SAQA "Made In Europe" exhibition.
Carpe Diem51" X 40"
After attending several funerals recently I became more and more aware of the need to "seize the day" and not to put things off and end up with regrets at opportunities ignored.
Decay and Detritus 46" X 29"
I wanted to create a picture of a decaying back street, adjacent to a busy thoroughfare, representing urban decay, with begging, graffiti and rubbish building up, just out of sight of rushing shoppers.
Chinese Journey in Three Parts 60" X 72"
A collage of memories from a trip taken with my son, who was living in China. My first venture into perspective.
Holy Island (Lindisfarne) 20" X 48"
Memories of a wonderful day. Some artistic licence, such as moving the causeway and raising the sea level! A great opportunity for perspective and light.