Gina Ferrari shows Valerie Nesbitt how quickly and easily one can make a twisted tassel with the help of your sewing machine.
Gina is fascinated by all aspects of textile art but her passion lies with machine embroidery.
You can see more of her work on show in the Evolve Evoke Expand exhibition videos – click here for part 1 and here for part 2
and check out her work on her blog https://www.ginaferrari.blogspot.co.uk/ – its the phone box!
In the picture below (taken at Bee Crafty in Huntingdon where Gina does some teaching) you can see some of her dolls on display (also a workshop) and they are wearing the Fairy Shoes (pattern by Annette Emms)
What Gina says about herself:
Textiles are my passion. The textures, the colours and the feel of cloth in my hand constantly excite and inspire me. For as long as I can remember I have loved to create and fabrics, yarns and thread have always been my materials of choice.
Central to my work are themes of revelation and concealment and in particular I am interested in people and their stories, finding fascination in clothing, costume and accessories, especially with what we communicate and reveal by what we wear. I often find inspiration from the written word.
Although I work with numerous techniques it is machine embroidery that I enjoy the most. I love being able to work with the machine building colour and texture in a spontaneous way. The rhythm and the repetition of using the machine is part of its appeal. I will often incorporate materials such as paper, metal and wire as well as fabric, using machine embroidery to bring the elements together. My work includes an eclectic mix of both two and three dimensional items.
In addition to producing and exhibiting my own work own work I teach machine embroidery at workshops around the country. I have also run community and school workshops in a variety of textile techniques including printing and fabric painting. I am available for commissions, exhibitions, workshops and residencies
go to www.ginaferrari.co.uk for more information.