Hello, my name is Delia Cecil,I have been stitching and making textile art for over 20 years.
I live near the suffolk coast, and my love for wildlife and nature is where most of my inspiration comes from.
My early work included large bed quilts,and then I moved on to designing and making pictorial wallhangings.
Most of my work includes appliqué with free machine embroidery, or thread painting as it is sometimes called.
My more recent work is mixed media which involves stitching, painting and burning with a hot gun. I also enjoy making 3D items including flowers and vessels.
My latest work includes my natural dyed and eco printed fabrics, which I've been experimenting with since reading India Flints book, called Eco colour.
I enjoy collecting the dye materials from the hedgerows, and leaf prints can be achieved by rolling and steaming,it's all very hit and miss, but great fun.
These natural dyed fabrics were used in my latest small bird appliqués, the dyed fabrics lend themselves perfectly to the colour and texture of the birds. I then free machine the details of the feathers , hand stitching is then added to give even more texture.
No digital or printed images on fabric are used in my work, just good old fashioned appliqué.
I have won awards at the festival of quilts at the NEC in Birmingham, and quilts UK and my work has been featured in several magazines. Four of my quilts have been juried into the world quilt show in New England and have toured America
Jennie Callomon and I operate as two textile artists, calling ourselves Running with scissors and have had several successful exhibitions with the festival of textile art at Excel in London and the NEC in Birmingham.
I am also involved in a local group called TAGS ( textile art group suffolk ) and we have an exhibition at the pond gallery, Snape Maltings in Suffolk 1-13 th July 2016 called Travellers tales 10 am - 5 pm.