Andrea’s exhibition piece, ‘Sunlit’, has evolved from a number of processes and techniques that she uses regularly and has used previously in her artwork. Throughout her arts practise she has been fascinated with combining various surfaces and materials along with the contrast of metal/ metallic effects in its various forms. She has used a number of metallic elements within this piece which connected to idea of the sunlit ambience she wanted to create. Gilding flakes have been trapped under and over fabrics which will become more and less apparent as the light changes on the piece itself. Gold, copper and silver guttta were used to create the outline of the silk painted owl and hand stitching with metallic and lustre threads create intricate highlights.

Artist Bio

Andrea Hayes is a Northern Irish designer-maker based in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone who specializes in embroidered textiles: her landscape artworks are hand painted and created with layers of hand dyed fabrics, hand and machine stitched with metallic elements and copper fragments. Andrea draws inspiration from the dramatic Northern Irish landscapes, coastlines and local flora, and her distinctive style has become instantly recognizable on the craft scene in Northern Ireland.

Andrea has exhibited and won numerous awards across the island of Ireland with her larger scale mixed media pieces. She is also very involved in the local community, running workshops and textile art classes for adults and children of all abilities.