In this episode I chat to textile artist, tutor and author, Kim Thittichai about her inspirations, and what prompted her to move from the south coast of England to the west coast of Ireland and pastures new.
I first met Kim when she asked if she could include some of my work in her book Reclaimed Textiles. It was a delightful surprise when it ended up being the cover art too!
Once upon a time, Kim was very local to me: just down the road in Brighton, but a few years ago she made a bold move and set up a new home and gallery on the wild west coast of County Clare, Ireland.
We talk about how she got started in textiles, what it was like being an artist in Brighton – renowned as a hotbed of creativity – and what prompted the move to Ireland.
Also mentioned in this episode:
Wendy Dolan (and coincidentally, it was Wendy Dolan who first taught me free motion embroidery)
City & Guilds – the Design and Craft series of courses that have been the foundation for many a textile artist in the UK
Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn – two embroiderers who were instrumental in the growth in popularity of the creative embroidery movement over the past two decades
Trading Online Voucher Scheme (Ireland) – providing grants enabling small businesses in Ireland to develop an online presence – link correct as of August 2021
Loop Head – the beautiful part of Ireland where Kim lives now
Wild Atlantic Way – the road to Kim’s house
Sedge warbler – her latest inspiration