ARTIST: Caroline Lewis & Wendy Hermelin
EXHIBITION DATE: June/July 2017
Caroline: Stoke St. Gregory, Somerset
Wendy: Beaminster, Dorset
For as long as I can remember I have been a maker and crafter of things. I studied at the West of England School of Art & Design specialising in 3D and textiles. I began working with glass when I moved to St Ives in 2001 and have since been exhibiting around the South West.
I am inspired by nature and the elements, wilderness, land and seascapes, the wild edges and the hinted – at, unseen worlds that lie beyond, beneath and between. I am curious about our ancient connection to these and what they mean to us on a deeper level.
I make sketches in the natural world of shapes, patterns, shadows, reflections, sense of place and story. Often when meditating images come unbidden, occasionally I dream a piece into being. Sometimes the images are recognisable and at other times it is the feeling of a piece that is important. I hand cut the glass and bind it with copper foil, the pieces are then soldered together into the finished design.
I have recently started working with a kiln, fusing and forming my own glass for use within stained glass. It is such an exciting and experimental process and I am waiting with great anticipation to see where it will take me.
I trained in art and dance at college and have taught both subjects for many years. When I left full time teaching I took a City and Guilds course in Creative Embroidery and have since been exhibiting my stitched textiles in many locations around the south west.
The land and the sea are my inspiration. I take images from my walks in the wild and rugged places of Dartmoor and Cornwall as well as from the local Dorset fields, hillsides and coast.
I work with many different textures and colours to create my impression of the views, and also, I create my own fabrics blending many pieces together in a similar way to mixing paints, adding hand and machine stitch to embellish the work.
Through my life I have been a teacher, a dancer and a textile artist. More recently I have been combining these in creative workshops that involve walking on the land as inspiration for dance and art work.