East Devon-based textile artist Chloe Morter works from a home studio where she designs and stitches embroidery collages. Her pieces are inspired by the natural world, especially birds, animals and insects. Botanical illustration, folk art and art history are a strong influence. She uses a wide combination of materials such as linens, silks, cottons and papers and has a great fondness for careworn vintage fabrics and faded prints. The main focus of each piece of her work comes from close observation of the subject, a bird for instance, using many and varied sketches and photos to create a detailed and accurate digital machine embroidery design.
If you weren’t a designer-maker, what would you be right now?
Quite possibly a teacher or something in art restoration
When did you realise you wanted to be a designer?
There was no sudden moment – happenstance and an enthusiasm for the arts and making.
Describe your work in three words.
Decorative, detailed, colourful
Are there any other designers whose work you admire, and why?
So many…… Janet Bolton whose fabric applique pictures I’ve always liked. Ceramicist Laura Lane who makes practical and decorative cornishware. Sarah J Perry’s hand embroidered birds which are so inspiring – we both have the same interest but a very different approach. My mother who through my life has been a potter, weaver, printmaker and all round creative. I always have my head in the past though and adore old illustrations such as the birds of John Audubon, Edward Lear or the woodcuts of Thomas Bewick.
What do you do in your free time?
Wild Swimming and dog walking.
What’s one thing you like to do everyday without fail?
Walk the dog and have good chats with my children.
What brings you the greatest satisfaction?
When my head is in its ‘happy-making-zone’ state and a piece comes together perfectly.
What’s the best advice you have been given?
Not to rush things or overwork them.
What’s the best gift you have ever received?
A framed sampler from 1842 made by one Elizabeth Granger and bought for me by my
husband. It is detailed, delicate and must have taken an age. I love it.
What is your favourite quote?
‘It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.’ (Calvin and Hobbes)
What is in your bucket list?
Health and happiness are my only prerequisite for the future
What is the best piece you have bought and from whom?
I collect Mugs – they are all used reverently and frequently – my favourite from a local potter here in
Devon – Michael Emmet. The favourite works of art in my house have all come from and been made
by family or friends.