WORKS by Hellifield-based artist Christine Lambert feature in a new exhibition at the Gallery on the Green in Settle, which opens on Saturday March 5.
Christine’s photos capture both the changing weather and colors of her native Yorkshire, the Dales and the North York Moors, and further afield the stunning light of Cornwall and the vibrant colors of Provence. But what makes her work different is that she not only works with paint but also with free machine embroidery – in fact, painting with a needle.
Christine achieves a 3D effect through the use of alternative embroidery threads and silks and mixed media yarns often adding other textured embellishments from recycled materials.
Due to the nature of the gallery, which is housed in a former BT telephone booth and considered the smallest art gallery in the world, the images on display are photographs of the original embroidered artwork, but visitors may still have a real idea of what makes these paintings different.
Christine began painting as a child and learned to work with textiles from an aunt who was a seamstress, but it was not until much later after a varied career that included secretarial work and the life of a wife of a shepherd/farmer in Upper Wharfedale that she finally combined her strong artistic interests when in 2005 she took a course in Settle on freestyle hand and machine embroidery.
After several years of developing her skills, Christine first showed her work with a three-month exhibition in the Country Harvest cafe in Ingleton. She then exhibited at the Tateham Modern Gallery, near Lancaster; the Platform Gallery, Richmond; Skipton Castle; Christ Church Skipton; and the Gargrave Art Exhibition. His work has also been included in the Royal Birmingham Society of Arts Show.
She made a number of banners, including one for display at St Peter’s Church, Coniston Cold.
Encouraging others to take up free machine embroidery, Christine worked with Long Preston and Hellifield Girl Guides to create a banner that won first prize in a Yorkshire-wide competition.
Christine said: “When I go out to draw, I am in my happy place, I feel a sense of peace and I lose all track of time!! My paintings are for me a memory of discovering a peaceful landscape or ‘a striking rugged coastline. and when I’m working on a project, I feel like it’s part of me.’
Needle Painting runs from March 5 to April 29.