Linda Matthews

Linda Matthews

Thanks for stopping by! My name is Linda Matthews and I’m a visual story teller. I create stitched stories using fabric, thread and stitch – images, symbols and words – paper, ephemera and mixed media. Sometimes my stories end up on the pages of my handmade journals and booklets, sometimes they become mixed media collage and other types of artwork.

I make things by hand using the creative energy that comes from my heart and soul, but with what I call wabi sabi intention. Wabi sabi is a Japanese term that’s difficult to fully explain, however basically it means finding the beauty and perfection in things that are imperfect.
I believe that our soul’s energy is transformed when we create. As it passes from the heart and soul, then through our hands, as if by osmosis it becomes transformed and embedded into the thing that we are creating. That thing then becomes a positive energy force that is handed back to the world as a gift.

The beginning and end of perfection

My mother taught me to sew on her old treadle machine when I was about 6 or 7. I had to stand up to use the machine because my legs weren’t long enough to reach the pedal if I sat on a chair. My grandmother taught me to hand sew and I fondly remember sitting in her comfortable old chair surrounded by buttons, threads and needles.

Although these two women were very different indeed, they had one thing in common – if things weren’t done perfectly, it wasn’t worth doing at all. It was a different time back then and although I’m thankful for the things that they taught me, it has taken me 50 years to shake off the notion that things have to be done with perfection. I now find life a little more interesting when the edges are slightly frayed, and it’s been my greatest life lesson to accept this shift in perspective.

The Creative Journey

I’ve been working as a full-time artist and designer for over 40 years, and I’ve been teaching online and in person for over 10 years.
I’ve discovered over the years that my creative journey is ever evolving and I love nothing more that exploring new and innovative ways to work with fabric and thread. I love that I can combine contemporary mixed media techniques and digital technology with traditional sewing and textile art techniques to create art that has a new and fresh perspective.
These days it gives me the greatest pleasure to share what I’ve learned over the years as a way to encourage and inspire the creative spark in others. If you love to tell your story using images and words, fabric and thread, then I invite you to follow along.

Linda Matthews

Linda Matthews

Stay in touch

My newsletter will keep you up-to-date with my personal news, upcoming classes and events and new products, as well as special offers from time to time just for my subscribers.

My blog is where you’ll find tutorials, photos of my completed work and work in progress and the occasional article; and always – things to inspire and nurture your creativity.

My online classroom is full of creative explorations.

Creative Art’n’Soul – journal your story creatively with my creative printables.

And of course if you have any questions, I’m always happy to hear from you so please email me.

Have a creative day!