Frances Green

About Frances

Although I had a schooling in traditional drawing and painting, it was only much later that I discovered textiles as an art form.  Wow! The connection was immediate; I love the colour, the feel, the range, the texture, the flexibility and the capability one has as an artist to change and transform cloth and thread.

Over the years I have enjoyed learning and developing many textile art techniques including embroidery, machine-stitching, quilting, dyeing, printing, collaging, painting, felting, waxing, and combining textiles with other media.  I am never going to be an artist who perfects, and sticks with, a single technique.. Instead I am a happy collector of many possibilities, each waiting to be selected and harnessed in pursuit of a particular project. If pushed, however, I describe myself as an embroiderer. It’s how I work most often.

Somewhere along the way I discovered a fascination with purses. I have an academic background in psychology and am a sucker for crime novels.  The idea of imposing on myself a discipline relating to small compartments – miniature open and shut cases, a potential for mystery –  appeals. There are at least two sides to everything; insides don’t always correspond with outsides. It’s a bit mad, but it keeps me happy and occupied.

So that’s what I now do. I am an oral historian and enjoy talking to people about their lives and work. I also enjoy reading and writing poetry, am a keen allotment grower and enjoyer of the natural world.  All these interests offer fascinating subjects to portray. It’s just that I set myself the additional challenge of incorporating a purse or a frame or making items that hold and contain things: other items, ideas, inconsistencies, histories, etc.

I work too slowly and idiosyncratically to take on commissions but, where I can, I like to exhibit and my pieces are generally available for sale.

February 2021

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Mermaid's Purse

He who holds the purse strings holds the power

Humanwatch 2021

Deep Keepings

Equinox

Medieval Clocktower St Albans

Kingsbury Fish Ponds

Idle Women of the Wartime Waterways

Market Stall