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Crafts Council Maker of the Week: Michala Gyetvai

Michala Gyetvai is exhibiting at the Take 6 craft show till Sunday 17 December

Crafts Council Maker of the Week, Michala Gyetvai, talks to us about getting into making, what inspires her and her favourite part of the making process.

Who or what got you into making?

As a child I spent endless hours playing with threads and fibres. This intimate knowledge subsequently influenced my choice of materials. Over time I developed my practice to stitch onto old woollen blankets after I experienced a period of anxiety.

Could you please tell us a bit about your work?

My textile work is very different from conventional embroidery and I see myself as a landscape artist. I use the traditions of landscape painting to present my own feelings, memories and thoughts. I ‘paint’ with threads and I work with the woollen fabric rather than against it. This results in creating compositions in the distortions that I physically form, and larger works hang as sculptural reliefs.

I often seek to capture an emotive and evocative interpretation of nature. The passion and freedom encountered in the immediacy of sketching is progressed through paintings and consolidated into textile pieces.

What is your favourite part of the making process?

My approach to making is not purely the process of my individual craft, but encompasses a larger historical understanding of artists working in many mediums.

What are you working on right now?

I’m currently working on a range of wearable art pieces, which will be on display in the Made in the Middle exhibition in February 2018 at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. I am also stitching a new large textile landscape, experimenting with hand and machine techniques.

What are your inspirations?

I am inspired by Expressionism, English Romanticism, poetic landscape, poetry, and classical music. I have an interest in art history and I spend a great deal of time visiting museums and art galleries.

I love to stitch and find it’s a form of comfort and personal repair - the rhythm, the feeling of the wool and threads in my hands gives me a tremendous feeling of wellbeing. I’m also passionate about different types of threads, which I have collected over many years and I’m constantly adding to my already vast collection.

Find Michala Gyetvai on the Crafts Council Directory

See Michala Gyetvai’s work at Take 6 craft show at the Nuneaton Museum & Art Gallery till Sunday 17 December.

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