Sophie Bowen

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I am an artist and designer maker living in Bristol with a former BA Drawing degree from Falmouth University. I work with natural dyes, print and hand embroidery techniques to connect to nature and mindfulness. Drawing is at the heart of my practice which I use as an intuitive and meditative tool to create a sense of movement and flow. Marks made initially with brush and ink are often translated through a variety of textile processes. 

Website: sophiebowen.co.uk

Instagram: @artistsophiebowen

Email: sophiebowencreative@gmail.com

Artist Statement

My creative practice is an ongoing exploration into the idea that truth comes from observation in nature. This is mirrored in the materials and techniques I employ as well as allowing elements of the creative process to emerge and unfold organically. Walking in the landscape and the study of nature’s rhythms facilitate a contemplative thinking through making approach. 

 

The culmination of ideas and discoveries throughout my MA journey has led me to create two luxury crafted kimonos which are completely naturally dyed, printed and embellished with hand embroidery. Many of the colours produced have come from foraged seasonal plants and the print designs have evolved from a chain of response to preliminary observational drawings of natural subjects. Connecting experientially to the creative process, these poetic ‘heirlooms’ are regarded as journeys in themselves that allow for embodying the process of being with a sense of acceptance and gratitude towards change and growth. 

 

I am inspired by Japanese Zen tradition and Wabi Sabi both of which have influenced a philosophical narrative to materialise in my work. Often turning to these ideas to seek wisdom during times of difficulty and discomfort; it has taught me the beauty in trusting and surrendering to the process. Irregularity and change is something embraced, reflecting that there is beauty to be found in the imperfect and to everything there is a season.

 

The kimono panels have been approached like a blank canvas, allowing the drawing and marks to move freely over each panel. Rhythm and repetition is explored through the drawn line and thread; the former being an instantaneous expression and the latter, a slower aid for thought.