Alison Moger is a textile artist who works in traditional stitch and print while exploring narrative qualities.
Alison graduated from Swansea in 2005 with a BA (Hon) as a mature student and went on to study for her MA in Textiles from Swansea Metropolitan University.
She says of how her work developed:
'My work as an artist has evolved from my experiences as a child within the South Wales valleys and explores traditional stitch and print, reflecting on the working class values of community life with its humour and warmth.'
In terms of technique Alison combines stitch-work and a mix of print and collage to create her textile works. She uses vintage fabrics and worn domestic textiles to create these collage like needlework pieces.
Much of Alison's work draws on the imagery and use of a tablecloth, for which she draws on her memories of childhood. Feeling as though the tablecloth was so significant it conjures 'warm memories' Alison thinks about the memories of school lunchtimes at home and the brightly coloured tablecloth, and the slightly worn edges and faded marks from hot plates and teapot. In talking about her work Alison also thinks about the more formal 'Sunday' tablecloth which would be 'quite different' she says 'These tablecloths would be starched and made from the best linen. These beautifully worked pieces were used almost as a silent statement of how well the women of the house kept it in order.' through all these the tablecloth is woven into memories of 'listening to the adult conversation whilst running my fingers over the stitch-work on the cloth and memorising its detail and technique'
It's because of all these memories Alison says, 'domestic items and the evidence of women’s work will always be significant within my work.'
More recnt work includes a collection called The Fairy Collection. Alison says of this collection:
'inspired by stories of the Tylwyth Teg narrated to me by my grandparents usually around the table after supper, surrounded by a mix of floral teacups and the old teapot, the rhythmic sounds of clinking china and the poring of tea was always soothing bringing a comforting sense of order to the events of the day.'
Alison is currently working as a self employed artist exhibiting nationally and internationally, and also a full member of The Makers Guild In Wales.
She will be giving a talk to our Friends of the Makers Guild on Tuesday 14th May 2019 at 2.30pm.
This talk is open to all and free to attend. For more information on joining our Friends please visit their page here: www.makersguildinwales.org.uk/friends.html