All the Fun of the Fair

I love funfairs; the colour,the noise, the excitement. The way an open space gets transformed into a magic environment when the fair moves into town. That’s the mood I’m trying to capture in my Fun Fair pieces. I like the idea of aeroplanes that only fly in circles, of Fun Houses with moving walkways and spinning floors, dodgem cars that spark and zoom. So I want the pieces to be bright and colourful, full of energy and a sense of movement.

Helter Skelter – This is another of my reclaimed tin pieces under construction – I hope to have it completed by the weekend! It’s constructed around a large mackerel tin:)

Stitching the side panels
Stitching the side panels

Making the slides
Making the slides
Positioning the slides
Positioning the slides

I have tried several versions of the slides, I was trying to find a method that was flexible enough to fit around the sloping curves of the tower structure. Eventually I settled on using a needle felted base and covering it with free machine embroidery.

Nearing completion, the slides are stitched into position and the tower is pinned to the background
Nearing completion, the slides are stitched into position and the tower is pinned to the background

Published by Donna Cheshire Textiles

I am a professional textile artist specializing in Appliqué and Free Motion machine stitching. In order to create a unique colour palette, I hand dye my own fabrics and then use these to create the landscapes and coastal scenes recorded in my sketchbook. I often incorporate recycled or vintage fabrics in my work - they add meaning to the story the work is telling. I love being so close to the Northumbrian coast and countryside and I especially like taking time walk and draw these stunning landscapes

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