Gina Ferrari
textiles, mixed media, painting
Fabric, threads, paper, metal and silks – combined with embroidery to produce rich, colourful textures. Pictures, books, costumes and accessories.

Textiles are my passion. The textures, the colours and the feel of cloth in my hand constantly excite and inspire me. For as long as I can remember I have loved to create and fabrics, yarns and thread have always been my materials of choice.

Central to my work are themes of revelation and concealment. I often explore ideas of domesticity and protection in relation to my family. I take inspiration from both the written word and the natural world. But in particular,  I have an interest in clothing, costume and accessories, both everyday and theatrical and I am fascinated with what we communicate and reveal by what we wear.

Although I work with numerous techniques it is machine embroidery that I enjoy the most. I love being able to work with the machine building colour and texture in a spontaneous way. The rhythm and the repetition of using the machine is part of its appeal. I will often incorporate materials such as paper, plastics, metal and wire as well as fabric, using machine embroidery to bring the elements together. My work includes an eclectic mix of both two and three dimensional items.