Textiles and embroidery are two of Gina's passions, with architecture the inspiration for many unique compositions. Her 'Urban Fabric' series uses textiles in an imaginative manner, linking soft threads with hard architecture to produce new dimensions to cityscapes and buildings, whilst familiar skylines are given a new twist as their outlines gently weave across fabric.
Gina uses centuries old embroidery techniques and modern technology to create contemporary, new, fresh pieces of art. Her embroideries are created free style on a non-computerised sewing machine allowing the image to organically grow and develop as she sews, with fine details, such as French knots, added later by hand.
Embroidery is an old tradition with a stability of basic embroidery stitches, which has remained for hundreds of years. The emergence of the sewing machine came with the First Industrial Revolution and helped extend and shape the future of textiles and the clothing industry, upon which so much of Liverpool's great wealth and history was built.
Cotton was the largest and most important trade in the City of Liverpool, accounting for almost half of the imports and exports that went through the port. It is fitting that 'pavements once white with the fluff of cotton samples' are now being depicted so beautifully in cotton.
This series of contemporary works reflects a rich and diverse tapestry of life which is the core of Liverpool, showcasing iconic Liverpool buildings past and present.
The Making of Liverpool
The Three Grace's, Liverpool.