Heather Everitt is inspired by nature with a particular fascination in bugs, butterflies and moths.
She has an honours degree from Manchester Metropolitan University in fashion and textiles, with a chief study in embroidery. Heather creates highly detailed art embroideries that can be hung on the wall as a single statement piece or, as is often the case, as small groups of different sizes.
Her butterflies and moths, for example, range in sizes from 5 to over 45cm in wingspan.
Heather also creates framed collections based on Lepidopterology; some of them housed in vintage entomology boxes.
Heather sees her work as an alternative to traditional taxidermy.
Heather’s family history is entwined with textiles; weavers, sheep farmers and even a court dressmaker in the mix. She has fibres in her bloodstream.
Each piece starts with an observational drawing or painting in her sketchbook which she then translates into stitch using natural fabrics, machine applique and free motion embroidery.
Further details are added using hand beading and needle felting.
All Heather’s pieces are made in small batches to the highest standards of craftsmanship whether she is working on a small brooch or large wall hung textile piece.
Heather’s work is stocked by Liberty London and The Royal Albert Memorial Museum shop in Exeter so we are really proud to have a wonderful selection of her work here in Heart Gallery as part of our FIBRE exhibition.
If you’ve not seen Heather’s stunning work yet do pop in as Fibre does finish soon as we head into our Autumn/Winter season. We love the variety of texture and rich jewel like colours in pure silk that Heather incorporates in to her butterflies and are excited to see more from Heather soon … as I am sure you will be too!
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