I am currently following my desire to be creative with the hope of transforming that creativity into a small home based business with several facets.
With a first class degree in Textile Design (specialising in embroidery) and as an ex teacher of Art, Design and Textiles, I hope to build up a business which would combine creating my own work to exhibit and sell with teaching a variety of arts and crafts to children, young people and adults. I have already had several pieces of work displayed in exhibitions and aspire to have a solo exhibition at some stage in the future though for now I am quite busy as a member of the newly formed “Quintessential” – a group of five likeminded textile artists/embroiderers who are working towards their first exhibition in May 2017 at the Wisbech and Fenland Museum.
Currently I work three days a week for a charity running an Arts/Crafts and Drama Day Service for adults with learning disabilities which I love though it does mean the time I have to “create” is limited.
I have a small studio at home packed with colourful fabrics, trimmings, paints and much more which all serve to stimulate my creative juices! The last few years have seen the start of a new journey which has allowed me to experiment across a range of media. I love embroidery and am a member (and committee member) of the King’s Lynn Embroiderers’ Guild. Myself and another member set up and run the KL Young Embroiderers’ Guild group which is now into its second year. Our aim is to inspire and encourage a group of youngsters through textiles and stitch. I was fortunate enough to be asked to embroider a small crest for the HBO Game of Thrones Hardhome Embroidery. HBO Home Entertainment TV Network contacted the Embroiderers’ Guild with the view to creating a special artwork in stitch to form the backdrop to mark the release of the ‘Game of Thrones’ Series 5 DVD & Blue Ray boxed set.
The Embroidery has been/is on tour at the Knit and Stitch shows and a few other venues – for details please go to:
My piece is fourth in along the bottom from the left hand side. The House of Stark!
My work often combines textiles, painting, embroidery and calligraphy. I love bright colours and also monotone! I have recently had some swatches printed with my own designs which I am in the process of fine tuning with the intention of using these to make a range of products such as book covers, bags and cushions. I have also had some of my paintings printed onto canvas and see this as another possible avenue for my business. I would love to do the same with a range of ceramics too.
Inspired by a workshop I participated in I have designed and created a series of unique hand embroidered and beaded statement necklaces which are for sale through my Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DebCapes
I will also be running an embroidered beaded pendant workshop on 18th March 2017 (10am-2pm) at Spoilt Rotten Beads in Haddenham: For more details please go to their website.