For those who don't know Anne Honeyman yet, she's a contemporary textile artist who uses embroidery as a means of expression in an absolutely original way.
She approached textile art as a child, but embroidery was not one of her passions.
After a doctorate in Paleo-Ecology, that will later be reflected in her works, Honeyman remains impressed by the works of the 62 Group of Textile Artists.
"A total revelation! They opened my eyes to the potential of embroidery, a means of expression without any rules that can't be broken" ("Anne Honeyman Interview: Fragility, fluidity & structure", TextileArtist.org).
Most of all, she appreciates the features of these works, she never found in any other forms of art: consistency and depth, transparency and fragility, fluidity and structure.
A fulguration and four years of study in creative embroidery techniques and design at Craven College in Skipton (North Yorkshire, course City & Guilds). From here, her journey in textile art begins.
Experimentation with techniques and materials
Honeyman's approach is decidedly experimental. She starts with fabrics to then produce accessories, 3D decorative elements, bizarre jewellery, vases, wall panels, but also useful objects designed for the house and for children.
"As a textile artist, I enjoy myself among the infinite creative possibilities of the tool I have chosen. Although I specialize in free machine embroidery, I use a wide range of techniques to create my ideas" (annehoneyman.co.uk).
These include: hand embroidery, felting, dyeing, wire embroidery on paper and plastic and a personal technique to create 3D works and vases.
Her preferred technique: free machine embroidery on soluble textile fibres.
The construction of embroideries
We can speak of a real "construction of the embroidery", in her case, which begins with the research of materials, the analysis of colours, the experimentation on samples to identify the most suitable techniques, using Paint Shop Pro to quickly try out new compositions.
A modular and meticulous construction - that always welcomes a "happy accident" - fuelled by passion, curiosity and very clear ideas:
"I push the sewing machine over its limits to get the effects I want (...).
I exalt myself in persuading the thread to do unusual things" ("Anne Honeyman Interview: Fragility, fluidity & structure", TextileArtist.org).
The technique is, therefore, at the service of the aesthetic will, inside a creative process which is very similar to the one used in Ricami PuntoArt's laboratories.
The themes by Anne Honeyman
In Honeyman's works, attention to the natural element is sometimes revealed in an irrepressible manner (glaciers, sea creatures...), sometimes in minute details that can only be grasped under a microscope (plankton, pollen grains...).
"My work is varied and constantly evolving, but there are recurring themes, especially nature and the impact that man has had on it throughout the ages" (annehoneyman.co.uk).
Our claim, our ambition
Honeyman's motto is "Innovative textile art for people and places", while Punto Art's is "Embroidery to wear".
We have in common the search for an emotion, a precise aesthetic effect as a driver in choosing techniques and materials, sometimes drawing on ancient practices such as Macramè, or innovative technologies, such as thermowelding or bond-in, to create unseen combinations, and give life to new aesthetic concepts.
The mission? Beside raising awareness on environmental issues, A. Honeyman has another ambition, very close to that shared by Ricami Punto Art: "to contribute in bringing contemporary embroidery to a wider audience".
Photo credits: TextileArtist.org