Hannah Rae
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July Open Studios

textile art and contemporary embroidery
Textile and mixed-media art inspired by the passage of time, exploring a sense of place in my local landscapes through stitch and collage.
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I am a practicing textile artist based in Ickleton, South Cambridge.  Personal intuitive responses to the environment and the effect of time on surface are pieced together through stitch, rust and eco printing, dyeing, painting, and applique.  Inspired by the beauty of antique textiles, faded and weathered by use and the elements, fragments of past times, I give my work a worn and aged quality.  My work is characterised by a use of used and repurposed materials which are revived with dye and printed elements and detailed stitching.

I am currently exploring the landscapes close to my home during my daily social distancing walks. Taking time and space to observe and contemplate the land, the arrival of spring and the coming of summer by watching time passing over the fields and hedgerows at the peak of the growing season.  I have studied the farm buildings and the red oxide painted barns, looking at the way the paint becomes faded by the sun and peels away, the metal beneath rusted and corroded.