Wells, Roanna

'Diamond Jubilee', by Roanna Wells (2012). 'Diamond Jubilee', by Roanna Wells (2012).

Roanna Wells is a fine-art artist based in Sheffield (UK). She trained in embroidery and applies this technique to provide for “the conceptual use of mark making and an expressive line, by using stitch as a drawing tool.”

In particular, she uses the seed stitch for her work: “mainly .. because of the abstract graphical qualities of the marks made when used as a drawing tool, and also the appropriate visual links to my chosen subject matter.” (pers. comm. Roanna Wells). In particular she embroiders works with aerial images of mass gatherings linked to social, political and religious events to help give “time and meaning to the individuals depicted.”

She has created works based on the Tour de France (the famous cycle race, which passed through parts of Yorkshire, England, in 2014), World Youth Day (Madrid 2011), Sea of Faith (Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India, 10 February 2013). One of her pieces, Diamond Jubilee, was shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize of 2014. It was based on an aerial view of the RAF Red Arrows flying over a crowd outside of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

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