Alison Holt shares her views further on www.alisonholt.com
Alison Holt is a UK contemporary textile artist specialising in freehand machine embroidery.
Embroidery is art…of course it is.
Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination. I am an artist, a textile artist. That describes who I am and what I do: an artist who chooses to work with threads, fabric and dye.
Freehand machine embroidery gives me everything that paint and canvas does with the glorious addition of texture. I draw with stitches using them like brushstrokes applying colour and texture at the same time. I work on a base of hand painted silk which gives depth and definition to my work. I use thread because it gives me a vibrancy, clarity and fineness of line that cannot be achieved in paint on this scale.
I cannot imagine working so enthusiastically in any other medium. My work is all about colour and texture in the natural world and embroidery is the perfect way to express myself.