Art of keep­ing peo­ple warm

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Ruth Denise Lear. What do you do?: I de­sign and paint silk scarves and also paint wa­ter­colour and ink greet­ing cards, as well as work­ing at Mac­cles­field Mu­se­ums part time. What is the best thing about Mac­cles­field?: I love the fact that the town is sur­rounded by the beau­ti­ful hills. When I have been away, it’s al­ways good to see them again. What is the worst thing about Mac­cles­field?: Empty shops and derelict build­ings that have just been left for years. Where is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field?: Up in the hills! How­ever, I do have a soft spot for West Park Mu­seum, not just be­cause I work there, but Mar­i­anne Brock­le­hurst who in­sti­gated the build­ing, did it for all the peo­ple of Mac­cles­field to enjoy. The build­ing it­self is a beau­ti­ful de­sign and in­side there is a frieze which is a copy of the El­gin Marbles. How long have you been an artist?: I think I would have to say since I started to draw, it was what I al­ways wanted to do. Any sub­ject at school be­came an art les­son. I have al­ways made cards for fam­ily and friends and then when I was a young mum, I worked from home sell­ing cards to help pay the bills. What do you enjoy most about do­ing this?: I par­tic­u­larly love silk paint­ing, as ev­ery scarf is unique, and be­cause of the na­ture of paint­ing on silk, you never quite know ex­actly how it will turn out. Each one is like a wear­able piece of art, so I am thrilled to see peo­ple wear­ing them. Who are your main artis­tic in­flu­ences?: Oh my good­ness, so many peo­ple! I sup­pose I am par­tic­u­larly drawn to illustration, I think one of my first in­flu­ences may have been Beatrix Pot­ter. I loved the lit­tle story books and looked at those il­lus­tra­tions so many times. What’s the fun­ni­est or most mem­o­rable thing that’s hap­pened while you’ve been do­ing an art­work?: I did have a dis­as­ter whilst try­ing to fin­ish a scarf be­fore I was due in at work. The frame that I use is very long and a bit cum­ber­some, and I sud­denly re­alised that I had knocked over a whole bot­tle of black silk paint! It lit­er­ally went every­where, all over the floor, the walls, me... ar­rrgh! I had only min­utes to clean up. Stress­ful at the time but funny now I look back.

If you could pro­duce an

art­work for any­one?:

●● Ruth Denise Lear

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