This artist experienced a series of journeys into the Artic, to follow in the footsteps of her namesake Dr John Rae which resulted in a new body of work including tapestry weaving, paintings and monotypes. The tapestry weaving-Peel Sound Ice demonstrated how she changed her process, of her use of expressive mark making, light and colour in new and different ways which helped me to reflect upon my own tapestry weaving process. Of the need to continue to journey further with my creative process to fuel an increased sense of place and context including the effects of global warming.
On viewing Barbara Rae’s related series of monotypes which influenced her range of paintings and tapestry weaving, I was immediately struck by her rich colour palette and the increased possibilities of monoprint for textiles.
While I have experience of using hand printmaking including the completion of monoprints this artist and her use of colour and mark making has encouraged me to explore mono-printing further, to be more expressive and experimental with colour to help to progress my own creative practice and textile work.