Andrea Gaskell Textile Artist & Tutor
I have been fascinated by textiles for as long as I can remember. My earliest memories are of making things with my grandad, who did all the family mending … clothes, shoes, tools… anything really. I spent many hours playing with buttons and bits and pieces of lace and fabric and began to stitch clothes for my dolls at an early age.
I am a wife to David; mum to a daughter and a son, who have 6 children between them and I am a self-taught textile designer, maker & artist. I taught myself to crochet, tat, make bobbin lace and began to teach in adult education in the early 1980s. I eventually changed over to primary teaching, but an enforced early retirement (on health grounds) gave me the opportunity to follow a dream. I recently completed my L3 City & Guilds in Craft Design Embroidery.
I am based in West Lancashire and work in mixed media and a range of textile disciplines, discovering new styles and techniques and exploring a wide range of materials, including recycled fabrics, my bobbin lace designs, paper and a multitude of miscellaneous bits and bobs. I enjoy manipulating fabric; collage and applique and adding detail in free machine and hand embroidery. Free machine embroidery is a major element of my work as I love the freedom of creativity it offers and how it connects to my love of sketching and watercolour.
I love colour and texture and am inspired by nature, particularly the sea and water in general. I am in awe of its wonder but worry about what we have done to the environment. I love observing nature ... the changes of season and the different plants and animals you see in each one. Nature has the most beautiful colour combinations imaginable and I find this so inspiring. I am also fascinated by its impact on manmade structures.
Much of my future work will focus on The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust reserve at Martin Mere, in Lancashire. We have had a family membership for many years, and now visit regularly on our own or with grandchildren.
I aim to produce work to inspire others to take more of an active interest in our wildlife, but also want to pass on my skills for upcoming generations. The focus will be the wild plants and fauna at Martin Mere.
I hope to build up a strong portfolio of work to encourage people to look at Martin Mere and what it offers and hopefully, inspire them to become members and have more care for our natural world.
I also offer a bespoke design service for both bobbin lace and textile work.
For further information, including teaching (workshops and one-to-ones) and commissions, please see 'Services' above or use the contact button below.