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Maggie's CV

Maggie Grey is currently the editor of Workshop on the Web, an internet-based magazine and was previously editor of The World of Embroidery magazine. In addition to this she travels extensively, teaching embroidery and computer textile design. She has taught and lectured by invitation in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada where she had a most successful exhibition with Jane Dunnewold. She was back in Australia last year for a show and classes in Perth.

Maggie's writing career began when she developed textile modules for the Royal College of Art Schools Technology Project. Her book 'Layers of Stitch' was written jointly with Valerie Campbell-Harding and published by B T Batsford in September 2001. A further book, 'Celtic Inspirations for Machine Embroidery', also with Val, was published in 2002. In 2003, Maggie's book, 'Raising the Surface with Machine Embroidery', was published and this was followed by 'Paper, Metal & Stitch', written with Jane Wild, in 2004. This has been reprinted many times. A further book with Val, 'Stitch Dissolve Distort', was published in 2006. 'Embellish and Stitch' was Maggie's first venture in self-publishing, in partnership with photographer Michael Wicks. Very sadly this wasthe last of her collaborations with Val, who died in October 2006. Maggie's next book, 'From Image to Stitch', published by B T Batsford, has already gone for reprint.

Her latest business venture was the formation of d4daisy books limited, a specialist publisher for textile art. About to publish their ninth book, d4daisy goes from strength to strength with worldwide sales. Maggie's, 'Textile Translations: Mixed Media', was published by d4daisy books in October 2008 and then, 'Stitches, Straps & Layers', was published in July last year. Published in 2010 - in partnership with Isobel Hall - was 'Mixed Media: Studio Techniques'. Having completed her house move and refurbishment, Maggie's latest book, 'Dissolvable Delights', was published in the Spring of 2012. For up-to-date information, have a look at www.d4daisy.com.

Maggie has been involved with computers all her working life and was a founder member of the influential Computer Textile Design Group, becoming its vice chairman and leading their education sub-committee.

Maggie has just been elected President of West Country Embroiderers, a group which takes in stitchers in the English counties of Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Artist's Statement

My sketchbooks are important to me and I scan drawings into the computer to work them up into designs. The sketchbook pages shown below were made during a trip to Kakadu National Park in Australia's Northern Territory. I found myself without much in the way of art materials, so I stamped some paper into the pigmented earth and combined this colour with drawings and photos from my handbag printer - a Pogo. You can see pics of these sketches right and below, with the finished piece above.


Maggie can be contacted by email maggie@workshopontheweb.com.

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