I’d like to introduce you to Chris Birbeck:
Chris, whose Facebook Page is Heartfelt by Chris Birbeck, is a fellow member of SEAS whose skill and imagination manifests itself in every piece of her work and who is one of the most inspiring textile artists I know.
SEAS (South East ArtistS) is a group of artists and craftmakers from Deal and surrounding areas, and at their recent Arts & Crafts Festive Fair at St George’s Hall, there was an almost permanent cluster of people around Chris’s stall, testament to the popularity of her work.
I first fell in love with Chris’ work when sharing an Open Studios with her at Rosemary’s Rag Rugs in 2011. Open Studios is an annual event run by SEAS whereby artists (including painters, potters, textile artists and photographers) open their studios and display their work to the public; the next SEAS Open Studios is on the weekend of 24th/25th November and is a superb opportunity to see an artist’s work in more detail.
The list of Chris’ talents is seemingly endless: she has a wonderfully creative imagination plus an enviably good eye for colour and is simply overflowing with creative ideas…..she is also fortunate in being blessed with the skills to execute them.
Chris donates all profits from the sale of her work to Cancer Research and is equally generous in sharing her knowledge and ideas with customers and fellow stallholders alike, which makes a refreshing change in a world in which many people are so guarded about their work.
As you can tell, I am a huge fan of Chris’s work and I would love her skills to receive the recognition they deserve. Do go and visit her Facebook page to admire her work and say hello as I know she’d love to meet you.