Maker Lucy Freeman
We’re so excited that Lucy will be holding an embroidery workshop with us this saturday, at our makers market, its sold out, but catch Lucy on the first floor most of the day to chat embroidery, order a commission and buy something beaut and botanical for your home.
Lucy went self employed this year, that huge daunting thing creatives dream about, Lucy Harbron Interviewed, this Botanical threading power house to get to know how this awesome adventure is going.
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podcasts (the guilty feminist is fab!), audio books and lots of music. I adore music, particularly funk, jazz and electronic, discovering new sounds and creating playlists is my second passion after art!
Your work is super botanical and colourful, what was the draw towards this? Any particular inspirations?
Even though I’ve experimented with so many kinds of art, a fascination with colour has always been the constant. Colour is so powerful emotionally, I try to create combinations that are vibrant, playful and unexpected! I remember my Mum telling me growing up that pink and red don’t go together, I love to break these rules and surprise people with what can work. I think my early love of comic books has also influenced my colour choices, I naturally go towards saturated brights and primary colours, that are generally associated with childhood. The botanical influence comes from my love of travel, I draw from tropical environments because I think we all want to escape and go on adventures! I like my work to create that sense of excitement and intrigue, and also the absolute best colour palettes are found naturally in rainforest and coral reefs, they are so beautiful!
Whats your favourite thing about the creative industry and community in Sheffield?
Sheffield is just fantastic isn't it! My favourite thing is courage of creatives here, there are so many people putting themselves out there trying new things, setting up businesses and going all out their creative work, there is a culture of being bold and championing each other which is brilliant! Being is Sheffield has pushed me to take more risks with my own creative practice, and I’m always meeting other people doing the same, It's an exciting place to be!
Tell us about your creative journey! When did you first start ‘being arty’ and what was the journey like that lead you to embroidery?
Teenage Lucy would never have believed I’d end up specialising in embroidery! I’ve always been very arty, but with things where I could let my wacky imagination go wild. The first thing I remember being really proud of making was my own comic book full of weird characters and stories I’d made up! Sewing was first introduced to me at school, and I hated it. It felt like there were so many rules and I didnt like that there was ‘wrong’ way to do it, those cross-stitch lessons made me very cross! I was very experimental and loved everything messy, making huge clay sculptures and big abstract paintings, eventually this love of tactile processes led me to printmaking and a textiles degree, but I somehow managed to avoid embroidery while studying (still bitter about cross-stitch!) But after graduating I fell into it, I didn't have space to do messy work but still wanted to create, so I taught myself and learnt a freestyle method of stitching that combined my messy ‘no-rules’ style with detail and precision.
What do you love about embroidery?
I find the process very therapeutic, it's something about the repetitive action, using your hands and the simple tools. It is a slower process than other creative disciplines, but rather than that being frustrating, I thinks its one the joys of it! The result feels more precious because of the time and effort that's gone into it. As you sew with coloured thread, the process is driven by colour choice which I love, I’ll often lay out different thread over a piece to see which makes everything else pop!
Do you have a particular creative ritual or process? Any particular time of day, album, place in your house?
Embroidery is brilliant because you can do it anywhere! I often travel down to London on the train and will embroider the whole way while listening to a podcast, the only factors are having good light so most often I’ll sew in the daytime. I mix up my listening lots, switching between