Guest artist for June & July 2019
Following an administrative career in the City of London, Christa took up textile design and screen printing in the late 80s, followed by batik, felt- and paper making. Her work as a textile and paper artist began in earnest in 1993 when she started experimenting with commercially available papers which she worked into collage and 3D forms.
Christa takes inspiration from many sources: perceptions of and emotional reactions to daily life, the natural world, travel, literature and the human form. These influence an output that includes wall-mounted and sculptural pieces in hand-made paper and small abstract textile works. In interpreting and treating her chosen subjects, she adopts a highly original approach to colour and colour combinations and frequently includes rusty metal pieces, wire, wax, crews and stitch into her paper works.
She is particularly drawn to the process of erosion, decay and transformation, whether found by the sea, in the rain forest or in man-made structures. The disintegration of organic matter and material objects, which are subject to an ever-changing mix of colour, texture and shape, offer the opportunity to explore the creative potential of the mediums used.
She has exhibited widely in group shows throughout the UK, and had solo exhibitions at the Barbican Centre, London and Trinity Arts Centre, Tunbridge Wells. Her work has been published in Artists and Illustrators Magazine, Fiberarts Design Book Six, Batik for Artists and Quilters, Papermaking Techniques, Batik: Transitions from Classic to Contemporary, and SATURA, the Italian cultural magazine. It is in private collections in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Dubai and Australia.