Artwork for Cheryl Hewitt
Memory Doll Triptych
My work is inspired by childhood memory and everyday experience. My creative practice employs hand stitching, eco dyeing, reclaimed, and found materials to create tangible, often playful doll like forms, and two dimensional textile collage as metaphors. My wish is to connect with the viewer to communicate stories, not only of the previous life of the materials, but of everyday moments and memory, that are so intrinsic to life.
Being an artist is part of my identity, so it means a lot to me. It allows me to express myself as an individual and is great for my well-being.
Creativity has always figured strongly throughout my life, even when not fully engaged it has been bubbling away under the surface, from building fairy houses as a child to encouraging my children to collage, draw and sew. I recently went back to college to explore and hone my creative skills where I completed a masters degree in Contemporary Crafts at Hereford College of Arts. It is here where I gained the confidence to call myself an artist, developing and refining my making practice.
I consider myself a mixed media artist with a strong textile aesthetic, using found objects and reclaimed materials to create two and three dimensional textile sculpture.
My practice is mostly making items for sale, however I do volunteer at Rose Tinted Rags selling reclaimed textiles and work alongside adults with learning difficulties in a art workshop capacity.
I have run textile based art workshops in the past at festivals and until the pandemic ran a small children's art workshop with fellow artist Hannah Day.
National Foundation diploma in Art and Design 2014/15
Ba (Hons) Contemporary Design Crafts 2015/2018
Ma Contemporary Crafts 2018/2019
Synthesis HCA summer show, Hereford, 2018
New Designers, London, 2018
h.Art, The Print Shed, Madley, 2019
Masters Contemporary Crafts Final Show, Maylord Orchard, Hereford, 2019
'Abstraction' Take 4 Gallery, High Street Ledbury, May 2021