My name is Glenda Waterworth, and I am an artist based in the southern-most part of Scotland known as the Rhins of Galloway.
I’m curious. I’m stimulated by experimenting and asking “what if …?” often followed by “what’s next?” I don’t like labels, but call myself a mixed media artist to cover all the bases.
I work mainly in acrylics, often with collage and ink. I also bind books, I dye silk and wool, I spin my own yarn and I crochet.
I spent several years studying traditional bookbinding with a retired master binder. I now incorporate my mixed media artwork into both traditional bookbinding and more contemporary artists’ books.
I crochet with natural yarns such as fine wool, cashmere, silk and alpaca. I love to dye and spin my own yarn and find the dyeing process utterly fascinating. I also dye silk scarves and commercially produced fine yarns.
I am inspired by colour and I am drawn to bold, saturated clashing colours in my abstract work. My landscape work tends to feature a more natural palette and most of my work will often incorporate collage and layers of texture.
Moving to a coastal location in 2014 inspired me to explore the concepts of flow and fluidity which has led me in some new directions. It also gave me a much greater understanding of the damage we are doing to the environment with plastics which has influenced the materials I now use.
I find myself working in a more abstract and intuitive way, incorporating more water and ink into my mixed media paintings, enjoying the lack of control created by allowing the pigments to migrate, float and interact with textural elements.
This exploration of fluid colour led me into experiments with dyeing, in particular with natural fibres such as wool, silk and cotton and bamboo which do not contribute microplastics to the environment.
I consider myself a multi-disciplinary artist with a passion for bold colour as the unifying factor across all my work.