Meet Dawn Ford
I love colour, pattern and texture and enjoy the infinite ways in which drawing, fabric and paper can come together creating beautiful imagery. Random yet beautiful items such as buttons, ribbons, fabric cut offs, decorative printed papers, pretty labels,
Nostalgic by nature, my children along with my own childhood memories have provided me with a wealth of ideas. Old beloved and bedraggled cloth dolls still have a hold on me and unfussy, hand made, low cost toys like those made by parents in previous decades are a source of inspiration too.
Mr Dog & other friends
My cloth companions are generally made from old, faded materials which are often hand sewn. They are reminiscent of times gone by, when families ‘made do’ and improvised. I love the evidence of care taken when someone has gone to the trouble to neatly darn something that today could be so easily thrown away.
Brian Hatton Award
This waistcoat was created out of papers and fabric, machine embroidered and then sculpted on to millinery mesh. I wanted the piece to look like it had been worn and still holding on to some 3-dimensional form. It was inspired by the waistcoat I made for my son when he was a page boy. This was the piece with which I won my first Brian Hatton Award at the College of Art.