I am a textile artist and designer working with a range of techniques to create abstract imagery. I enjoy exploring colour, texture and shape in my environment and capture these elements through photography, sculpting, printmaking and painting. Some of this work has been developed into large scale digital print commissions for both public and private spaces. With a First Class Honours textile design degree from London’s Central Saint Martins college, I continue to pursue my own artistic practice, investigating the use of digital and print media within textiles.
In 2012 I launched my own print label C F McEwan, a new venture for my imagery, developing collections of printed silk scarves and fine art works on paper, all produced in the UK. Each scarf collection starts from a theme, based on a process or material, such as hand made concrete, folded paper or the painted mark. The artworks generated are developed into a range of designs printed on 100% crepe de chine silk.
Over the last thirteen years, I have also worked as a freelance artist in education, developing creative workshops for adults and children in schools and in the community. I continue to share aspects of my art practice through articles, videos and talks on topics such as photo walks, found objects, finding colour, creating colour palettes, sensing interior space, the value of mark making and printmaking inspired by travel photography. Examples of this content can be found on my blog pages.
I have recently designed a series of online resources under the project name The New Creative to share techniques and processes for image making through photography, drawing, sculpting, printmaking and digital artwork. These are in the form of short tutorials which I hope will boost motivation and inspiration for anyone getting started on a new creative project.
Last summer I moved to Glasgow from Kent. I have been exploring my local area through photo walks, which continue to play a big part in my practice, often being used as starting points for new pieces of work, continuing my love of collecting unexpected colour, shape and texture around me. A recent project is a series of mixed media videos based on a photo walk along the Darent Valley Path in Kent.