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A Stitch in Time – Reflections from Childhood
by Deborah Andrews
16 April – 9 July 2015
A Stitch in Time – Reflections from Childhood, by Deborah Andrews, was a delightful collection of intricate machine embroidered works, etchings and digital prints made from observational drawings, that invited you to delight in happy memories of childhood, from exploring at the beach and digging in the garden, to quietly reading or devouring teatime treats.
A figure, particularly that of a child, is often featured in Deborah’s work, adding to the viewers’ sense of times past and recalling the viewers’ own memories of childhood. The scenes have a contemplative quality, evoking the imagination to savour the charming celebrations of youthful play and reminiscences.
This captivating work is the product of the artist’s love of a variety of processes and materials – including location drawing, vintage fabrics, the stitched line, computer digital manipulation and printmaking – then often fusing them together into a striking final image.
Deborah is a graduate in Graphic Design from Camberwell College of Arts (UAL) specialising in illustration. She creates the finished works in her South London studio, which houses the invaluable tools of her trade, including a Mac computer and a 1964 Bernina sewing machine.
Deborah works as a visiting teaching artist for Southwark Schools and Community Groups. Her commissioning clients have included The Guardian Newspaper, Home Live Art, the Barbican Centre, Ways with Words Literary Festivals, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Vital Arts. She is the creator of Penta’paper – The Machine of Visual Delights, a site-specific, interactive illustration installation.
Deborah Andrews talks about her Half Moon exhibition, A Stitch in Time – Reflections from Childhood.