Sue eland - Artist

Sue Eland

Contemporary Textiles (photography, stitch and print)

Pateley Bridge

About

I am a photographer and textile artist living in the Yorkshire Dales. I am curious about people and places. My personal practice is intuitive and imaginative response to telling stories about past and present. This is through digital print or textiles or both. My work is considered, detailed and powerfully simple. I love translating photographic images into contemporary textile pieces which I incorporate into pictures, cards, installations, domestic salvaged or vintage items. My design inspiration is often found in my local landscape such as a field at How Stean or in the landscape at Scar, Nidderdale

Quarry - Sue Eland
Sue eland - Artist

Sue Eland

Contemporary Textiles (photography, stitch and print)

Pateley Bridge

About

I am a photographer and textile artist living in the Yorkshire Dales. I am curious about people and places. My personal practice is intuitive and imaginative response to telling stories about past and present. This is through digital print or textiles or both. My work is considered, detailed and powerfully simple. I love translating photographic images into contemporary textile pieces which I incorporate into pictures, cards, installations, domestic salvaged or vintage items. My design inspiration is often found in my local landscape such as a field at How Stean or in the landscape at Scar, Nidderdale

Quarry - Sue Eland

My work

About my work

The five images I have submitted are from my latest project ‘Scar Marks’. This was based on ‘found’ marks within the landscape at the lost village of Scar, Nidderdale. Everyone loved Scar. Scar Village was built by Bradford Corporation in 1921 to house up to 700 workers employed to build Scar Dam. It was a luxurious village for its time, had ten hostels, a 600 seat cinema, six shops, a hospital, a bank, a school, electricity and hot and cold running water. In 1936, after the dam was completed, the village was dismantled and it became a ghost of it’s past. Today, only ‘marks’ can be found as a legacy of its existence. Fascinated by these, I photographed marks left on buildings, foundations, artefacts and the land. I used these as my inspiration to design a set of contemporary textile pieces to represent the remains of the past and to tell the story of Scar. These pieces included techniques such as digital print, stitch and knit. For my final installation, I inserted some of these textile pieces into clothing and everyday objects typical of life in Scar Village and in the 1920-30s. These included a 1920s chair, a vintage workers shirt and an original 1920s lampshade.

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