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I'm Heidi Meier and I create colourful and quirky textile artworks using a combination of appliqué techniques and hand, machine and free style embroidery.
My style is aimed at childhood and beyond, resonating with people of all ages who want vibrant and fun artworks. Many of my artworks are influenced by the natural world or are contemplative studies of nostalgic subjects.
I love working with fabric and start a project with an idea and the most rudimentary of sketches.
As I begin to stitch, the mood and content of a picture can evolve, often resulting in something which may look different from that which I first envisaged, but which is hopefully all the more interesting for its journey!
Me at work in my studio
I hope you enjoying looking at my pictures, and if they are 'your thing' then why not go to my Facebook page and 'Like' my page. You will then be updated whenever I introduce new designs and run special offers.
More of my story...
I've sewed simple projects for many years but it wasn't until my daughter was born that I began to create my own textile pictures. To avoid a horrendous commute, I gave up a busy career in the City to focus on being a full-time mum, but decided to take the opportunity to try something completely new during the hours when the baby slept and later on when she started pre-school.
Over the years I then developed my own style of free-motion or freestyle machine embroidery, which is the skill of using thread to draw pictures, patterns or words onto fabric. In this way, I can use my sewing machine needle as a pencil, which mean that no two designs are ever the same. Each artwork is therefore entirely hand crafted in the same way that every pencil sketch is entirely hand created. It's a fun skill to learn, and I now teach workshops to other like-minded people who want to try this fascinating art form and craft for themselves.
I am also increasingly incorporating ribbon embroidery into my work. This gives some great contrasts of texture and I hand dye the ribbons to give them further interest. The ribbon embroidery is supported by other forms of hand embroidery and I find that french knots, in particular, are great for adding contrast into natural scenes,
The fabrics I use are as important as the threads. I source the fabrics from various places, using vintage and recycled fabrics wherver possible, supported by beautifully patterned fabrics from local stores. I also hand dye plain and patterned fabrics using cold water dyes, which creates a wonderful palette of unique colours that gives my work a cohesivness that is otherwise hard to obtain.
I am never short of ideas and inspirations, the only thing I find I am short of is time to actually complete my projects! I am finding however that I am spending longer and longer on each new design, which does make it hard to part from the original when it is sold through a gallery or exhibition, but I then console myself with the thought that my mini textile-treasure is giving someone else a bit of joy and fun in their lives too!
Wishing you all the best and do come and chat via my Facebook page!