Maggie Grey is currently the editor of Workshop on the Web, an internet-based magazine, and was previously editor of Embroidery magazine. In addition to this, she travels extensively, giving talks which include videos of technique and often a little flash of computer design. She has taught and lectured by invitation in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA. She helped to develop the textile modules for the Royal College of Art Schools Technology Project.
She has written many books, the latest being 'Long Diaries and Tall Tales'. Her previous books, 'Cut, Shape, Stitch' (written with Samantha Packer and Paula Watkins), 'Dissolvable Delights', 'Stitches, Straps and Layers', 'Mixed Media: Studio Techniques', with Isobel Hall and 'Textile Translations: Mixed Media', have been extremely popular and have helped d4daisy books establish its position as a leading publisher of textile and mixed media books.
Have a look at her blog www.magstitch.blogspot.com.
Samantha Packer has been stitching from childhood (her Sindy dolls had some rather fabulous outfits), but having hated dressmaking at school (her mum had shown her too many naughty shortcuts), she pursued a career in film and media. Taking a break from work to raise her family, Sam's life changed when she bought Maggie's book, 'Raising The Surface with Machine Embroidery' and started playing with stitch and textiles once again. This led her to joining the Workshop on the Web team where she has been happily stitching, painting and cutting ever since. She writes on her Catch a Crumpsey blog www.catchacrumpsey.blogspot.co.uk where she talks about her world outside Workshop on the Web (whenever Maggie unshackles the chains).
Paula Watkins is a mixed media and textiles artist and teacher who experiments with a wide range of materials and techniques and loves to share her enthusiasm for textiles with her students. She specialises in handmade textile art books and altered books and gives talks and workshops on these and many other art techniques. She delights in working in her sketchbooks with all kinds of media, drawing and stitch and encouraging others to do the same. See more of Paula's work on her website www.paulawatkins.co.uk and her blog: www.frecklesandflowersgirl.blogspot.co.uk.
Edited by Maggie Grey, the contributors to this book are Elizabeth Brimelow, Ro Bruhn, Ruth Lee, Siân Martin, Olga Norris and Beryl Taylor. For information about them, click here.
Lynda Monk's latest book 'Exploring Creative Surfaces' demonstrates some great ideas for truly creative surfaces that require the minimum of materials to achieve the maximum WOW factor. Her previous book, 'Fabulous Surfaces', published in late 2012, really scored with her main 'ingredient' as tissue paper. You just won't believe what she achieves with tissue, old dressmaking patterns and wrapping paper. Lynda's blog Purple Missus is always a treasure-trove of information with lots of tutorials and innovative ideas. She loves to experiment with new materials and techniques and shares the outcome on her blog. She holds City & Guilds in Machine Knitting and Creative Embroidery. Her first book, 'Stitching the Textured Surface', written with Carol McFee, was also published by D4daisy Books. Lynda is a regular contributor to Workshop on the Web and tutors classes at Art Van Go and elsewhere.
Sue Rangeley produced garments for the designer Bill Gibb in the 1960s and has since been perfecting her techniques for wearable art, culminating in her wonderful book. Quilting, machine embroidery, rouleaux and water-soluble fabric stitching are her trademarks together with her masterly drawings. Her work is in collections world-wide and commissions include fashions, interiors and accessories.
Her studio, in her 18th-century Oxfordshire house, is a busy place where she explores her ideas working from sketches and drawings.
Sue has taught and exhibited all around the world and this book is a long-awaited chance to see her working process and discover her secrets.
Lynda Monk and Carol McFee are dedicated bloggers with a huge following. They met in a Yahoo Group and almost all their contact since then has been through emails. This has led to online classes and an internet business specialising in foils (Fibre In-form). Lynda's blog Purple Missus is always a treasure-trove of information with lots of tutorials and innovative ideas. She loves to experiment with new materials and techniques and shares the outcome on her blog. She holds City & Guilds in Machine Knitting and Creative Embroidery.
Carol lives in North Wales and started out as a garment maker. Her blog is Textile Tales. Having discovered textile art in the 1990s, she completed City & Guilds in Creative Design and Embroidery & Surface Design. She has worked with GCSE Textile students and taught arts and crafts to adults with special needs. She has exhibited in numerous venues and contributed to magazines. Both Lynda and Carol have a passion for texture using fabric, paper and paint, exploring new techniques to create interesting surfaces ready for stitch. You can see more at Fibre In-form.
Julia Caprara sadly died in October 2008. A foremost textile artist, author and teacher, she was a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and the Honorary Exhibiting Member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is represented in both private and national collections in Japan, USA, Canada, Australia, Europe and the UK. Her book, the Magic of Embroidery was published by BT Batsford and her work has been featured in many magazines and publications including Stitch Magazine, Classic Stitches, Quilting Arts, Embroidery and Workshop on the Web. With the passing of Julia, the textile world lost a bright star. We hope that her book, 'Exploring Colour with Julia Caprara', will help keep her memory alive.
Jae Maries' main theme since graduating from Reading University (BA Hons Fine Art) has been to represent people in everyday situations. She would often make use of her thumb-nail sketches as inspiration which were then developed into life-size wall-hung textile pieces. More recently however, Jae's work has changed direction and she is creating panels using her daily Visual Diaries as her resource. The marks, symbols and relevant studio fragments represent the events, feelings and actions that impact on Jae in her everyday life.
She trained as an oil painter and moved into stitched textiles later in her career with the intention of combining textured stitched surfaces with painted fabric sections. The challenge of working simultaneously with oil painted surfaces and fabric is technically stretching but she enjoys the contrast between the spontaneity of the brush stroke and the hands-on tactile approach that comes with dyeing, manipulating and stitching into fabric. As well as being an artist, Jae is an internationally recognized lecturer and tutor in creative textiles and has taught in Australia and USA. She has also exhibited widely, in Japan, Israel, USA and Switzerland as well as the UK. She is an exhibiting member of 62 Group of Textile Artists and Contextus.
Isobel Hall is an internationally renowned author and textile artist. She lives and works between the UK and Spain and, when she is not experimenting and writing, she travels world wide to teach and exhibit. Her first two mixed media and stitch books, 'Bags with Paper and Stitch' and 'Embroidered Books', were published by B T Batsford and she is delighted to have collaborated with Maggie Grey to work with the exciting new techniques which they have come up with for their book,'Mixed Media: Studio Techniques'.
Isobel works with fabrics which she has made from scratch and makes her own pulp papers and silk papers. She likes to explore new techniques using innovative products to create unusual designs, texture and creative embellishments and she has become well known for her work with waxes on papers and fabrics. Articles which are subsequently made are all road tested to ensure that they are robust and fit for purpose. Her bags, books, jewellery and vessels are all intended to be used and are not mere wall-art, although they sometimes end up being so.