Renate Wilbraham

I describe myself as a stitch artist as my medium of choice is stitch. A sewing machine is my tool, rather than the more conventional pencil. I draw straight on to canvas, allowing it to evolve whilst embracing any moves made by the machine.

I am fortunate that my studio is on a farm and surrounded by the natural world, providing a wealth of inspiration. I have been particularly drawn to the common and everyday; grasses and weeds. Changing scale in relation to the rest of the world releases their beauty and strength.

More recently I became interested in the man-made elements of our world, looking at footprints left behind by earlier generations as they constructed their environment.

After leaving Reigate School of Art and Design with an HND in Fine Art I joined an artist’s co-operative, ShedArt. I have exhibited both locally and in London galleries, and ShedArt also exhibits in many venues within Surrey and Sussex as well as at its own studios and gallery based in Newdigate, Surrey.

You can see more of my work, and that of ShedArt, at

Click on an image below to view the gallery, including information on each piece.

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