As we enjoy the last days of summer, I have a yearning to go see the sea. Instead (at least for today) I am appreciating the textile seascapes of Naomi Renouf. Naomi creates textile art that captures the land and seascapes of Jersey, a large island in the English Channel where she lives. Above is her work St. Ouen’s Sunset.
I admire Naomi’s use of color to bring her scenes to life. There is something intense, yet believably realistic in her work.
Naomi writes, “I often use a technique which involves layering small pieces of fabric with organza on a calico or canvas background and machine stitching into the layers. I also use techniques such as appliqué and burning or cutting back through the surface to expose the layers beneath. Whilst all of my work is free machine embroidered, I do also include hand embroidery in some pieces.”
Here is another of Naomi’s seascapes, this one called “Islands“:
Sitting here, landlocked, I can feel the salty spray coming off those breakers!
“Several years ago I developed a technique which enables me to produce work which looks similar to the hand-made paper I have made in the past. The background is made of fabric instead of paper. This is painted in the same way as the hand-made paper and then fabric and other media, including beads and found objects are applied using machine and hand embroidery.”
Here is her piece, which I really love, titled Grouville Bay:
Naomi writes, “My seascapes and landscapes reflect my love for the natural environment. The light, the time of year, the time of day and the weather all create their individual impression on the landscape and I find constant inspiration in these changes. I look at my surroundings letting ideas develop in my head. In my mind the colours intensify and the shapes become more abstract as I recreate my experiences of these moments in time. Through my textiles I want others to see the joy I have found in observing the world around me.”
Here is one of Naomi’s landscapes, called Vista, Harewood House:
About her work process, Naomi writes a description of her method that reminds me very much of rughooking:
“Once I get started on a piece it progresses partly from my observations and feelings about a place and partly from the random things that happen as part of the process. The mixture of the random and the controlled elements mean that there is always a problem-solving aspect to producing a finished piece, which I find interesting. I like the spontaneity of working in this way as there is rarely a totally predictable outcome.”
Ok, let’s look at one more of Naomi’s works. The piece is called Bellozanne Abbey In Spring:
And finally, this quote, from England’s Embroiderers’ Guild (of which Naomi is a member) that seems as true to me about a row of hooked loops as embroidered stitches:
“As the thread travels across the surface, stitches create paths which can direct the viewer’s eye, create a focal point, draw or deflect attention from a particular element and create a texture that is at once visual and physical.”
All Naomi’s works are copyrighted, and so protected, and used here with her kind permission. And you will find more of her lovely work on her website at http://www.naomirenouf.co.uk/index.htm. Thanks, Naomi!