is an artist specialising in embroidery and mixed media,
creating collages using papers and fabrics – dyed,
painted, stitched, or any combination of the above –
usually layered and replete with elements of pattern. Her
work includes framed wall pieces and wall hangings.
from the Metropolitan University of Manchester with a BA
degree in Embroidery, Lesley has worked extensively with
textiles, collaborating with interior designers throughout
Europe while also working on her own individual projects.
As Lesley herself says, her work has, over time, become
less overtly ‘commercial’, but has moved instead
towards a more personal and profound – but no less
accessible – vision, evident throughout her portfolio.
body of work displays a healthy thematic diversity, her
pieces are unified by a singular desire: to make a statement.
The messages are there in every example of her artwork,
elusive, hidden beneath the textured layers, painstakingly
pieced together. Her inspiration stems from the art of the
‘ancients’, a culture defined by the rich language
of symbolism developed in order to communicate ideas. The
creative community of that time felt a connection with the
energy of the earth and resolved to express this connection
through art – an endeavour mirrored all these generations
later in Lesley’s own artistic creations.
Lesley’s work is borne of a
strong sense of spirituality, and the abstract form of much
of her work eloquently describes both the simplicity and
complexity of this notion. The ordered patterns that underpin
her designs are subverted by the earthy reality of frayed
edges and textured surfaces, or else simply deliberately
confused. In many ways Lesley’s creations follow in
the footsteps of her ancient forebears; her work represents
a continuation, a modernisation of the raw images of this
bye-gone era. What’s more, the concept of revisiting
and updating an ancient art form is echoed in Lesley’s
work itself, largely composed as it is of repeating patterns
and visual motifs.
a saying “our spiritual rapport
turns to primitives because, like ourselves, [the ancients]
tried to express in their work only the truth from within,
and so renounced all distracting external factors” .
Not only is Lesley articulating this ‘truth from within’,
but her method is much the same also: she works in isolation,
thus making sure to block any outside influences. The results
are plain for all to see. As a blossoming movement of pioneering
embroiderers gathers momentum, Lesley is at the forefront,
creating artwork that is at once aesthetically pleasing
and intellectually stimulating – fresh, honest and