Lizzie Godden


Lizzie Godden


Hi Lizzie. Thank you so much for all your wonderful submissions to the Artspace Gallery, and for taking the time to talk about you and your work.

Q – How did you get into art?

A – I’ve enjoyed making for as long as I can remember – as a child I knitted, collaged, stitched. My mother is very creative and resourceful, and so I grew up with a lot of creativity around me. At the age of 30 I started taking my love for creativity more seriously and enrolled on part time courses in textiles and book making.

‘Untitled‘ by Lizzie Godden (Stitching Into Fence Panel)

Q – Where do you live and does living there influence your creative process or provide inspiration in another way?

A – I live in the Forest of Dean, and yes this is my main source of inspiration. I walk into the woods near home a lot, just about every day. I have also been inspired by the River Severn, by the rivulets, the river side and the river bed. The huge sky with its very many colours is another inspiration, as I have a south west facing house, at the top of the hill, and so I am often in awe of the colours of the evening sky.

‘Untitled‘ by Lizzie Godden (Stitching)

Q – What is your chosen subject and why?

A – My main, current subject is leaves and the ever changing colours of the seasons. Living semi rurally, having a garden and walking in the woods, I enjoy their constant change.

‘Hanging Stitched Beech Leaves‘ by Lizzie Godden (Stitching)

Q – What medium and materials do you work with?

A – I mainly use fabric and thread. I use recycled cotton, as the impact of the cotton industry on the environment upsets me. I make plant dyes, and I dye fabric and thread. I also make paper and use recycled paper and card. I love hand stitching into fabric and into paper.

‘Untitled‘ by Lizzie Godden (Shibori)

Q – How would you describe your style? How has your style evolved over time, and what has influenced its development?

A – I enjoy taking time when stitching and making pieces of work. I love the process, often finding it quite meditative. I have been making plant dyes for nearly 30 years now, the process is time consuming, but I enjoy the gathering of plant materials and the combination of having an idea but not knowing what colours the plant dyes will give.

Over time I have enjoyed using more techniques using plant materials in my art. I have learnt and love the technique of “eco-printing” – printing with leaves without adding synthetic inks. I enjoy stitching into wood and into leaves.

I am lucky and 3 years ago I was invited to join a group of international artists, “Natural Selection”. With this group I have exhibited my work, and this has given me the drive to develop and focus on my work.

‘Untitled‘ by Lizzie Godden (Shibori)

Q – What’s your studio like?

A – I am lucky and have a double bedroom in my home which is my studio. It’s a bit full of stuff though!

‘Untitled‘ by Lizzie Godden (Stitching)

Q Are there fellow artists who inspire you, who either work with the same media as you, or in other fields?

A – I am very inspired by the work of Alice Fox, David Nash, Chris Drury, Richard Shilling, Rosalind Pounder, Caroline Bell.

‘Untitled‘ by Lizzie Godden (Stitching)

Q – Are there any other art forms that you would like to try?

A – I would really like to develop my book making skills, and also to work with wood sourced locally.

‘Untitled’ by Lizzie Godden (Eco Print)

Q – What are you working on at the moment?

A – I am currently enjoying working into wood in situ, in the woods – both stitching into and carving into dead trunk and branches.