Artist Statement: Wendy Ann Stanger.
Wendy is a textile Artist who lives and works in rural Northumberland. Her work is inspired by the natural landscapes of her home environment, the life cycles and seasons related to fauna and flora as well as the ecological changes, which cause various degrees of decomposition within plant forms found in this rugged landscape.
Wendy is absorbed by decaying surfaces and objects and the colours, patterns and textures that evolve. Her work is also inspired by the Japanese art form of Wabi Sabi, which reflects the distressed beauty in objects, in the same way she is drawn to the desiccated flower with its fragile tissue, encased within a papery skin, and by its seeping halo’s of colour into delicate eco dyed silk papers. Flowers and Roses in particular have the ability to remain sturdy and beautiful even after life has been drained from its being.
Wendy uses the techniques of silk fusion and felting, using the flower’s natural dye, which bleeds into the fibres by embedding actual, pressed dry flowers into her artwork. The work is augmented with a wide variety of plant and animal fibres such as fleece, alpaca, bamboo, linen, cotton, silk, horsehair and feathers. She also adds vintage lace and yarns before freehand machine embroidering into the paper’s surface, using hand stitch and beads to further embellish the artwork.
Her techniques are unique, developing the process over the last 15 years since graduating from Cumbria institute of the arts in 1999 with a 2.1 Bachelor of Arts. Wendy later gained a Post Grad in Secondary Education and worked as an Art and Design teacher in Co Durham schools for the best part of 10 years. She runs school workshops and offers tuition for KS4 and KS5.
Wendy exhibits throughout the north east and has sold work to private buyers in Australia and USA. Working in her home studio she is able to produce commissions to order and is often asked to use flowers and items from a special occasion such as a wedding to create an everlasting keepsake.
Bespoke Lampshades created using any special occasion flowers from wedding and Valentine's day flowers to good luck in your new job bouquets. A unique way of making those special bouquets last as long as the memory. Forever flowers are a fabulous gift for anyone who loves the natural forms and textures found in dried flowers.