IT HAS been an exciting couple of weeks for Holmfirth-based mixed media artist Sally Wilson.
She has just picked up a national award for her work and has been short-listed for the Royal Academy Summer Show.
First Sally won this year’s Madeira/STITCH National competition at the NEC in Birmingham.
The contest is open to both hand stitching and machine embroidery with category winners in both.
Sally, a former lecturer at Huddersfield New College, has previously won the machine embroidery section.
But this year, her outstanding piece took centre stage beating her fellow competitors to become overall winner of the prestigious award. She also collected prizes worth £1,200 and the Madeira Rose Bowl.
“I am absolutely delighted that my work has been recognised and chosen for the second year running,” she said.
“I am constantly developing ideas and new ways of working and it is gratifying to be acknowledged by such an established textile organisation.”
These days Sally employs a wide range of working methods including free machine embroidery, printed image maker techniques, appliqué and felt making.
Sally took the Sixties’ brief for the exhibition very much to heart and in her piece incorporated a three dimensional VW Beetle Van and Yellow Submarine with collaged images and motifs of the era.
Sally says she was strongly influenced by the methods and theories of Pop Art with vibrant colours contrasted with black and white.
Her fantastic week continued with news that she has been shortlisted for the Royal Academy show for a sculptural work Reliquiae and the Cadaverous Angel.
The piece was created using welded steel and machine embroidery and depicts skeletal and fossilised forms with a pure white bird perched above the five foot structure.
Sally made a name for herself by using vintage fabrics combined with welded metal structures to create sculptures.
Her current work makes full use of her diverse and many skills.
Sally gained a first class honours degree in sculpture at Loughborough College of Art and Design before developing her textile skills through the City and Guilds Embroidery course.
Two years ago, Sally won the machine embroidery category of the Madeira/Stitch Magazine Competition which toured the UK including the NEC, Birmingham and the SECC, Glasgow.
One of her hand sewn pieces was chosen to tour with the Embroiderers’ Guild in 2008/09.
Last year, Sally was also a finalist in the prestigious PFAFF Art Embroidery Challenge, which began its International tour at Alexandra Palace, London and is currently on exhibition at the Bibliotheque Fornay, Paris.
Sally’s work can be seen in galleries across the region and beyond and this summer, she will be the featured artist for the Holmfirth Art Fringe at Mezze in Holmfirth.
This innovative artist’s work reflects her upbringing on a Yorkshire smallholding.
She creates everything from textiles and sculptures to cards, key rings and even scented sachets.
“Making a beautiful and vibrant piece of art from what most would consider just old stuff is tremendously satisfying from a myriad of different standpoints.”
Visit www.sallywilson.co.uk for more information.