Jude is taking part in our coming Home is a Feeling show in Faversham on 13th and 14th November.
Describe what you do as a creative.
I am a painter and textile artist. As a painter I work in oils and currently my focus is still life and figures. As a textile artist I create needle felted sculptures of animals.
Tell us briefly about yourself.
I am married with four children, originally from Derbyshire I have lived in Kent with my family for the last 16 years. I was a teacher for 25 years and in 2015 I decided to focus full time on my art.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I really enjoyed textiles, pattern and making things as a child so probably professional knitter!
How did you begin doing what you do?
I graduated with a degree in Textile Design from the University of Leeds and qualified as an Art teacher from the University of Cambridge. My grandfather was a Ceramic Artist and Painter and my mother is a Textile Designer so I grew up in quite a creative family.
What turns on your creativity?
My current paintings focus on domestic interiors, still life, responses to textures, colour and how objects tell a story. It also reflects a love of vintage homeware which gives a nostalgic feel to the paintings.
I love the selection of objects, the patterned plates, teacups, milk jugs and embroidered tablecloths. The arrangements and placement of these on a surface and how it tells a story to the viewer. Who is taking tea? What will happen next? Light is so important to me and how it falls and creates shapes, shadow, highlights and mood, morning light, cool light, evening glow, dappled light and how this effects your senses.
My textiles work is focus on felted animal sculptures, I am inspired by animals and nature. I grew up in Derbyshire and much of my work reflects its landscape and wildlife. On walks in the Dales I would sketch and take photographs, constantly amazed by the changing colours and textures of the seasons. It is fairly recently that I discovered Needle Felting when looking into ways of using leftover fleece from spinning. I particularly enjoy the freedom of sculpting wool and the endless possibilities it presents.
What do you like best about your work?
Sense of joy and fun in both my textiles and painting.
When were you most satisfied in your work?
My technique is to work on each painting or sculpture over days or even weeks adding thin layers of paint or layers of fibre. My background in textiles can be seen here as I almost stitch the colours together in paint and fibre. I love the process of creating my work and the time taken to create each sculpture and painting.
What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?
Working in my new studio at Godinton House
What is your dream project?
Working with other artists with a passion for still life and textiles.
Which artists / creative people are your heroes and inspiring figures?
My heroes are the Bloomsbury Group where all crafts, paintings and literature are valued equally and art surrounds us in our homes. Artists I love are Vanessa Bell, Winifred Nicholson, Bonnard and Matisse.
Your idea of happiness
Home and family.
What art/creativity related book should everyone read?
The Bloomsbury Group by Frances Spalding