I enjoy working with textiles and with oils equally, so my work covers both disciplines.  What links them together are the textures, colours (and stitches) to give depth and movement, based on my observations of the natural world. 


I have lived in Datchworth for thirty six years but was born in New Zealand and brought up in Ireland. My mother was a gifted embroiderer and so it was natural that I should have always have at least one piece of work ‘on the go’ but now I am able to give so much more time and concentration to my creative journey.  


Over the last ten years I have gone to all kinds of workshops (many at the excellent Art Van Go in Knebworth) and attended Summer Schools such as those run at Cottenham – and this year with Distant Stitch – these broaden my knowledge and expertise and provide terrific inspiration. 

I am a member of the Embroiders’ Guild (Letchworth) and the Weston Group of Artists (Oil painting) and both have significantly contributed to developing my skills and personal style.  I am member of the New Brighton Community Art Gallery in Christchurch, New Zealand and exhibit regularly both there and of course at the Mardleybury Gallery.  This year my group in New Zealand were invited to hold an exhibition for a month at the Parliament building in Wellington which is open to the public.  We were the first gallery from Christchurch to be invited.  An honour.

Penny Harris

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