Enormous thanks for the lovely portraits you've sent us today!
Fiona Balding's is inspired by the pen and ink drawings of Rowena Siovanes. It's a beautifully layered background including Ordnance Survey maps of Great Britain, and heavily machine stitched. The swimming costume seems to be made from paper. We like this a lot and wonder if the maps are of any special places?
Caroline Higgs has sent this wadded, and appliqued piece, with very fine hand stitching. She says " I photographed this woman in Kenya. She is outcast by her community because she gave birth to a wonderful girl who has no arms..." Enormously sad to read that.
Linda Harvey's piece is a layered background with lace and heavier weight fabrics which are machine stitched. The portrait overlays the fabrics and is in a thicker thread.
Ann Aket has sent this piece entitled "Hollie" The canvas is painted a sky blue and has a wadded and pieced fabric area in the middle with a portrait hand stitched in black and red.
Tracey Fernandes painting has the words "Age is just a number" in the background. The portrait is made up of printed numbers on paper, and a paper overlay for the hair.