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Liz Payne finds in­spi­ra­tion through art, craft, de­sign, mu­sic, travel … “I am also inspired by colour, tex­ture and pat­tern in ev­ery­thing that sur­rounds us,” Payne says. Payne de­scribes each piece in her col­lec­tion as time con­sum­ing but very sat­is­fy­ing to put to­gether. “My work com­bines hand paint­ing on to fab­ric and then em­bel­lish­ing this with a range of dif­fer­ent wool, cot­ton and em­broi­dery thread. I use a mix­ture of stitches to cre­ate a syn­ergy of move­ment and di­men­sion with these threads so your eye dances around from one in­tri­cate de­tail to the next. “Af­ter stitch­ing, I like to em­bel­lish the pieces fur­ther by a mix of beads in var­i­ous sizes and colours, and oc­ca­sion­ally se­quins too. “As each piece is com­pletely hand em­broi­dered and dif­fer­ent from the next — it’s hard to put an ex­act time frame on how long a piece takes. “Some­times I have a plan in my head of a piece I want to cre­ate and I’ll sketch it first ... other times I ap­proach a piece with more free­dom and just pull out the paints and go for it. I see ap­ply­ing the paint as a nec­es­sary layer (even if you don’t see the paint un­der­neath all the time). Af­ter the fab­ric is ready, then comes the fun bit of em­broi­der­ing … build­ing up the tex­ture and colour. “I like my work to be bright and bold and by this hope it sym­bol­ises to peo­ple that they should be proud of who they are.”

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