Frances Pickering is a contemporary textile and book artist who has done and taught the City & Guilds courses and lives in Kent, Britain. Frances has produced a series of hand made books that are a personal response to battlefield landscapes and the poetry of the First World War. I was attracted to her work because of her interest in creating textured surfaces by using using wax and dyeing.
Most of her work is on paper and take the form of hand made journals but includes stitching on any surface. These books which are to be discovered in the gallery section of the site are crammed with ephemera, evocative sketches and stitched images and mark making on what looks like hand made paper. Her books look distressed, old and precious.