Linda Abrahams

Linda 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 cut shapes out of textiles, stitch them onto a background fabric and then stretch the work onto a canvas. I paint with textiles – velvet is my oil paint , silk my watercolour and cotton my acrylic.

Tell us about yourself.

I have always wanted to be an artist , at my careers interview it was suggested I do a display and design course after which there would be a better chance of making a living ! I went to the Distributive Trades College in Charing Cross Road where we shared the building with Central Saint Martins – so I had almost made it to art college. It was the right decision because I went on to have a 40 year career as a freelance display consultant, which I absolutely loved. But I still wanted to be an artist – 25 years ago I got to do a Fine Arts degree ( part time ) at Central Saint Martins . It was an emotional day walking into the same building I had been in 20 years earlier never thinking I would one day be an art student.

What turns on your creativity?

I have often asked myself why I make art. For example I made work that was triggered by a novel. At the moment my triggers are nature ( climate change ) and domestic abuse.

What do you like best about your work?

I like the thought process , making notes and drawings – “ resolving”.

When were you most satisfied in your work?

My first commission and my first PV.

Describe a memorable response to your work?

Usually the comments are on the beautiful colours and textures.

What is the most exciting part of your work at the moment?

Having the confidence to now express what I want to say in a piece of art work.

What is your dream project?

Work with an architect

Which artists / creative people are your heroes and inspiring figures?

My first love is Matisse but I am inspired by women artists like Anni Albers, Georgia O’Keeffe, Dame Barbara Hepworth , Rachel Whiteread, Cornelia Parker – I could go on . Not only do I admire their work, I am inspired by their achievements in a pro dominated male world.

Your idea of happiness.

Sitting in my garden watching the bees getting tucked in to the salvias.

What art/creativity related book should everyone read?

This Is Not A Maths Book by Anna Weltman

Tell us a lesson life has taught you.

Nothing is new – whatever you are going through it’s happened to other people before and will happen again in the future

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