Personal Web Site

Audrey Griffin

This is an initial sample of my work

An initial sample of my work

There are two main parts to this site: Embroidery (see below and also the links to previous exhibitions) and The rest of me.

A page of my ceramics has recently been added.

This is a link to one of my most recent completions - an abstraction based on the rooftops of Skyros.

This is a link to embroideries of my cataract operations.

Butterflies are a recent inspiration. Here is an instance.

butterfly on painted background

This is a link to a collection of examples.

During the pandemic, meetings were for a long time impossible. We agreed to circulate postcards on a locally organised theme. This is a link to my postcards.

You may remember the Embroiderers' Guild "Page 17" exhibition. This is a view of my entry to it. It has now been donated to the Guild.

page 17 entry

This is an explanation of the piece and how it was constructed.

I contributed to the Guild "Capability Brown" effort in 2016 (exhibited at various places in East Anglia)

Capability Brown landscape with reflection

This has also now been donated to the Guild.

I have been a member of the Embroiderers' Guild for many years, and have completed City and Guilds Embroidery Parts I and II. I was a member of Fen Edge Textiles (2002-2014), a Masterclass organised by Pauline Verrinder, and continued to attend her subsequent Stitched Textiles Masterclass, now run by Gina Ferrari, until cataracts made this impossible. After the cataract operations, I studied with Ricki Outis.

Fen Edge Textiles exhibitions (the links lead to works related to them):

I have also exhibited with the former Cambridge branch of the Embroiderers' Guild (2010). The piece was also exhibited at "Love your local market" organised by Cambridge City Council. Until the day before my death, I was active in Stitched Together, the successor to the branch.

Artist’s Profile

Since I have spent my working life writing about art, among other things, retirement has offered a welcome opportunity to practise it. After completing City and Guilds Parts I and II, I joined FET when it started in 2002.

I enjoy the manual process of making things, especially hand embroidery, and also sculpture and ceramics. Inspiration comes from a variety of sources - often things seen while on holiday in obscure corners of northern France and Belgium, or in even more obscure Greek museums. Equally, ideas may come from particularly interesting fabrics and threads, or from verbal or visual jokes. I like to look at things from odd angles and wait for illumination to come.

After that, the execution of the resulting design may or may not be easy. One of the valuable legacies of City and Guilds is knowledge of a variety of techniques which can be put to use as required. Of course, I have my favourites, but I will try anything at least once.

I welcome your comments on this site.