UK artist Ruth Blackford grew up the daughter of a textile designer. In the 1950’s, her mother, Constance, created print and woven textiles for interior design use such as furnishing fabrics. Constance was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1999 and died in 2010.
Using a stitched illustration technique and samples of her mother’s patterns and imagery, Ruth creates art that tells the story of her mother’s journey though Alzheimer’s disease.
“Illustration,” Ruth says, “is a form of visual communication, using images and pictures to create messages and convey meaning. You can paint it, draw it, use it digitally. I’ve chosen to stitch it.”
Originally trained in textiles and graduating from Loughborough and Birmingham in the early 90’s, I have worked as a print and embroidery designer for fashion for a number of years. More recently, I’ve enjoyed working across the fields of illustration, printmaking and textile art.
My love of textiles remains strong with colour, pattern and fabric playing an important role in much of what I do. I work to commissions as well as on my own projects, exhibit regularly, and I also teach a range of art and design subjects in Further Education.