American textile artist Hillary Waters Fayle applies threads to dried leaves to create intricate gorgeous embroidered mixed media art pieces.
I believe there is a strong relationship between the land and our interior landscapes. When we are connected to the land, we’re connected to ourselves, and one another. I bring together materials and processes that express the union of humanity and the physical world. Whether stitching, drawing, planting seeds, or harvesting, my hands echo the gestures made by thousands of hands over thousands of years and I feel connected to the lineage of people working with textiles, plants and the land. Stitching, like agriculture, can be functional– a technical solution to join materials/a means of survival — or, both can be done purely in service of the soul, lifting the spirit through beauty and wonder. This collection of embroidered leaves is a celebration of what can be done when we are gentle and act with care.Hillary Waters Fayle