Joan Brailsford – Photoshoot


Inspiration: Because of my love of trees, I take photos wherever I encounter them. I have used a selection of these that contain formations that delight me.

I love trees in all their shapes, formations, lines, colours and textures. I find them to be a never-ending source of inspiration and for that reason I have many photos that I have taken over the years. I selected a few of those and isolated parts of the tree rather than replicate the whole structure – some show only branches, some show leaves and fruits, and some show the trunk. I printed my manipulated photos onto Extravorganza, then bonded these to a hand-dyed background which replicates sky colours.

I used the main shapes in the pictures to link the pictures together by following and extending the lines of the tree forms, using hand stitched small running stitches. I have added small seed stitches to hint at leaves and fruits. The hand stitching acts as quilting for the whole piece.

Detail views:



  1. Amazing Joan, and I can understand your love of trees and how you have translated this to fabric is very creative.

  2. Great set of trees’ photoshoots! It makes beautiful trees collection.

  3. The more I look at your piece Joan, the more I see details and intricate shapes ! I like your subtle palette.

  4. Very interesting just to go from one tree to another to see how they interconnect. Love the texture of hand stitching and the feeling of the air behind your trees.

  5. A stunning and elaborate collage enhanced by the gentle colours and wonderful stitching. Trees are such fun subjects to work with!

  6. This is lovely – so gentle in colour and texture yet representing strong, fascinating trees. Your stitching adds just the right amount of depth and detail.

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