Sinead Finnegan

I am inspired by snap-shots, vintage patterns, fairy-tales and lyrics. I want to thread memories of something lost, perhaps a possession, a dream or a friend.

Through the use of old discarded fabrics and solitary buttons I create patchwork people; puzzles with missing pieces…

Drawing is the starting point for my embroideries. I then use thread to create contemporary embroidered portraits.

I also create individual corsages and hair-clips using fabric, lace, felt and buttons. Each one is handmade and individual.

I also screen print my line drawings onto T-shirts, baby grows and cotton bags.

 When I first moved to Bristol I taught Art & Textiles in various secondary schools for and began to explore drawing with my Singer sewing machine in the evenings. Having studied Ceramics & Photography at Bath Spa University College, I was always interested in portraits, surface decoration & pattern.

The beginnings of a piece of work…

Sometimes I pick out interesting & beautiful fashion shoots from magazines

Other times the image comes from a photograph of someone I know

I also collect lyrics and beautiful words which can start or end a piece…….

I will make drawings from photographs in pencil, ink & felt-tips. I like to trace an image, flip, repeat, over-draw and alter it, until I create an atmosphere that is very different from the original image.

I often use vintage fabric as I am inspired by the tones and textures, especially in old lace. I transfer the image onto fabric and sew over the lines choosing colours as the work progresses. The stitched line can give the portrait a delicate poetic feel or can create a sharp defined line.

Once the main image is complete I embroider the lyrics and they become the title of the work. They are incorporated into the embroidery and the sewn words blend with the occupants.

Finally I frame my work in beautiful wooden embroidery hoops.

Fig Shop

I am part of Artist Collective Shop Fig

Formed of Six diverse female print-makers, embroiderers, jewellery designer and glass artists.

We have a shop on the vibrant Gloucester Road in Bristol.