Lucy Dorothy’s exhibition ‘Paper + Stitch,’ is currently showing in the Riverside Gallery. Running until the 7 November, ‘Paper + Stitch’ takes a playful look at the boundaries between paper and cloth and includes an eclectic mix of freehand machine embroidered texts, thread sketches and delicate paper dresses. We caught up with the extremely talented artist and maker to gain an insight into her career highlights and proudest achievements ahead of the show. You can see Lucy demonstrate her skills this weekend, 28 & 29 October, at the festival of crafts on the craft tutor demo stand….
What are you working on at the moment and where do you find ideas for your work?
I’m just about to start work on a new series of paper sculptures. They’ll be quite different to anything I’ve made before, so I’m really looking forward to getting started.
What medium do you use in your practice and why?
I use a wide variety of media but I’m always drawn to paper and thread. I love the possibility of what can be achieved with such simple materials.
What motivates you to make work, who do you believe has influenced your career and inspired you to start?
I’m motivated by the need to realise all the ideas that are going round in my head, which is a wonderful excuse to explore new materials and learn new techniques.
If you could name one, what is your favourite piece of work you have created, and why?
The Gobstopper is a full size, fully working, pinball machine that I made completely out of paper. It was quite a challenge to ensure it actually worked, as a pinball machine should.
If you can name one, what is your proudest achievement?
Several years ago, I donated an envelope that I had cut into, to a charity exhibition in London. My little envelope was chosen to promote the exhibition in the press, was exhibited next to one by Grayson Perry and was successfully auctioned off for the charity.
What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
My Elna 3210, my scalpel and a bottle of UHU adhesive.
Where is your favourite place to see art?
Artist’s studios and small independent galleries
Paper + Stitch runs until 7 November. Lucy is also a tutor for the Maltings’ year round programme of craft workshops. Her next workshop is Festive Freehand Machine Embroidery on Saturday 11 November and you can buy tickets for the class here.
This is followed by a number of classes running in the new year, including Introduction to Free Motion Embroidery on 22 February, Introduction to Paper Cutting on 8 March, Drawing and Writing with your sewing machine on 21 April and Papercutting on 28th April. Keep an eye on Farnham Maltings website, as these will be on sale soon.