Fragility (Dionne Swift)

By Dionne Swift

Hand stitch on wool with various weight threads.

30 x 40 cm

Why ‘Fragility’?

This exhibition see’s Dionne expand outside of her usual sphere and explore portraiture, self-portraiture in fact. Recent months have required significant self-reflection and enquiry, so no better time to put this analysis and observation into physical practice. 

About the Artist 

Dionne uses the scale, emotion and energy of Landscapes to inspire energetic drawings and textiles. The power of the elements: wind, rain, sea is translated into layers of intuitive marks: on paper and on cloth. Thread colours and textures entwine to produce a vibrant and dynamic surface with tones visually mixing and revealing themselves hence captivating and entrancing the viewer. Dionne sews as she draws, draws as she sews – usually using her sewing machine as a mark making tool. Embroidery need not be a slow, static meditation but lively, vibrant and effervescent. 

Shortlisted Finalist in the Fine Art Textiles Award at The Festival of Quilts 2020: Dionne Swift is a graduate of Goldsmith’s College, London University, she has a Masters in Textiles from UCE, Birmingham and has over 30 years of creative practice experience.  Now based between Yorkshire [UK] and Abruzzo [Italy] she exhibits and tutors internationally.


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