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11th February 2020

An Interview with Art student Freddie

Form 7 pupil Freddie talks to us about her artwork

Describe your art

My work to date is inspired by the natural world and I use texture, patterns, and the medium of weave to integrate natural elements within my own art. I have constructed several large circular woven structures using a number of different fabrics and wools to create texture expressing plant cells in their natural beauty

Where do you go to find creative inspiration?

 I mainly find my creative inspiration from art galleries. However, I find I am constantly looking through Pinterest to gain depth of inspiration from other artists. Textile artists who focus their work on environmental messages inspire me. I recently met contemporary artist Sandra Meech, whose unique compositions express meaningful messages about deforestation through embroidery, photography and her sophisticated colour palettes. I also find it very helpful to go and look in the art library where I can find inspiration from different sources.

I use my own photography as a starting block for my stimulus when choosing a theme.

What is your favourite tool or material to work with?

My preferred medium to work with is embroidery.  I enjoy developing creative ideas; working with a variety of materials and seeing my given brief come to life.

When did you first become interested in art?

From a young age I have always enjoyed working with colour, print and texture.  

What is the first arty thing you can remember making?

When I was younger, I would make clothes out of scrap materials. I would also make bags, stitching different patterns into my work.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about studying Art at Pre U level?

Studying art at Pre U Level gives you the opportunity to experiment with different forms of art for 12 weeks at the start of the course. This gives you the chance to trial different mediums such as textiles, print and sculpture. This will ensure you choose the correct course to undertake for the two-year course. There is always support available from your teachers.

What are you going to study next year?

I am hoping to go on and study textiles at either Edinburgh or Chelsea. Pre U art has allowed me to strengthen my artistic and creative ability. It has also made me realise that this is the path that I want to take; leading to a successful career.


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