Through the Woods
Title: Algonquin Park in Fall
Medium: Fiber Art
Dimension: 12 x 18
Price: $2,650.00
Title: Algonquin Park in Fall
Medium: Fiber Art
Dimension: 12 x 18
Price: $2,400.00
Title: Aqua Viva
Medium: Fiber Art
Dimension: 10 x 25
Price: $1,650.00
Title: By the Marshes
Medium: Fiber Art
Dimension: 18 x 12
Price: $2,000.00
Title: Calm Waters
Medium: Fiber Art
Dimension: 9 x 12
Price: $1,800.00
Title: Edge of the Marshes
Medium: Fiber Art
Dimension: 8 x 12
Price: $1,700.00
Title: Fall by the Lake I
Medium: Fiber Art
Price: $435.00
Title: Lone Maple
Medium: fibre free motion embroidery
Dimension: 9 x 12.75
Price: $2,000.00
Title: Sunrise on Winter Trees
Medium: Fiber Art
Dimension: 9 x 16.5
Price: $2,500.00
Title: Through the Woods
Medium: Fiber Art
Dimension: 8 x 22
Price: $2,000.00
Title: Wetland, Early Summer
Medium: Fiber Art
Price: $475.00

Sylvia Naylor

Algonquin Park in Fall Algonquin Park in Fall Aqua Viva
By the Marshes Calm Waters Edge of the Marshes
Fall by the Lake I Lone Maple Sunrise on Winter Trees
Through the Woods Wetland, Early Summer



Sylvia Naylor combines her love of the natural world and her sense of design as a fibre artist to create a tiny universe of threads as deft as a painter's brush. Her landscapes are inspired from sketches, observations and photographs taken from her enjoyment of the outdoors while walking, cycling, canoeing and gardening.

The ideas she gathers are then roughly sketched on paper, or a paper collage. "I never draw on the fabric because that would mean that I would have to keep to the drawn line. I prefer my work to evolve."

The fabric is dyed and/or painted before any thread touches the fabric. Different types of fabrics are used depending on what types of effects she wants to obtain, such as silk, cotton or polycotton.

Before starting the free machine embroidery, the feed dogs are lowered and the foot is removed so that the fabric can no longer be moved by the machine. The background fabric is stretched in an embroidery hoop, which enables the work to move in any direction, this freedom of movement requires great control. The intensely coloured, exquisite renderings of nature are obtained by using a large palette of threads. These are constantly being changed both through the needle and the bobbin. The stitch tension is also frequently manipulated in order to make loopy, textured stitches. Embellishment with hand embroidery sometimes completes the artwork.

Free motion machine embroidery can be compared to drawing, where a pencil is held in one position while the paper is moved.

Free motion machine embroidery is an art form that is based on techniques developed in Britain in the 1920's. At that time women in Singer workshops would work at sewing machines with fabric in embroidery hoops and very precisely make motifs for clothing, and ecclesiastical regalia.

Sylvia Naylor began developing her art form in 1979 when she returned to school in England to study concurrently Textiles and Embroidery, City & Guilds. In 1983 she received the Silver medal for embroidery awarded to the highest ranking student in the UK by City and Guilds of London.

Since 1983 she was worked full time at her art. She has exhibited in many juried and invitational shows receiving the Embroidery Award in Ontario Crafts 89, Best Fibreart Award at the Toronto Outdoor Show in 1990, and in 1996 Quilt Canada's Award of Excellence in Wearable art.

Sylvia's work is in private collections all over the world.

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