Painting with a needle

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5 March -29 April 2022

Hellifield-based artist Christine Lambert’s work in this exhibition captured  both the changing weather and colours of her native Yorkshire, the Dales and the North York Moors, and further afield the stunning light of  Cornwall and the vibrant colours of Provence. But what makes Christine’s work different is that she works not just in paint but also through free machine embroidery – in effect painting with a needle.

She achieves a 3D effect through the use of embroidery threads and alternative silks and mixed media threads often adding other textured embellishments of recycled materials.

Because of the nature of the gallery the images on display were photographs of the original embroidered work, but you still got a real sense of what makes these paintings different.

Christine started painting as a child and also learnt to work with textiles from an aunt who was a tailor, but it was not until much later after a varied career that included secretarial work and life as the wife of a shepherd/farmer in Upper Wharfedale that she eventually combined her great artistic interests when in 2005 she took a course in Settle on hand and free-style machine embroidery.

After several years developing her skills Christine first showed her work with a three month display in the cafe at Country Harvest in Ingleton. She has subsequently exhibited at the Tateham Modern Gallery, near Lancaster; the Platform Gallery Richmond; Skipton Castle; Christ Church Skipton; and the Gargrave Art Show.  Her work was also included in the Royal Birmingham Society of Arts Show.

She has made a number of banners, including one for  St Peter’s church, Coniston Cold.

Encouraging others to take up free machine embroidery, Christine worked with Long Preston and Hellifield Girl Guides in making a banner that won first prize in a Yorkshire wide competition.

Christine says: “When I’m out sketching I’m in my happy place, I get a feeling of peace and I lose all sense of time!! My paintings are to me a memory of discovering a peaceful landscape or a striking rugged coastline and when I’m working on a project it somehow feels a part of me.”

You can contact Christine at chrisalambert@hotmail.co.uk

Below are three photographs of sections of this exhibition.

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