Creative inspiration can be drawn from the simplest of things and, for West Norfolk artist Yvonne Autie, it was something as straightforward as the loss of a bath mat. The misplacing of said item during a house move set the already accomplished jewellery maker off in a new direction to further explore her artistic talents. She became hooked on rug making.
Rag rug making in fact, which, as the name suggests, uses all kinds of bits and bobs, snippets and strands “and even the shirt off my husbands back,” confesses the North Creake-based artist.
She dabbled with textiles for some time, before joining the Embroiderers’ Guild while she was living in London for 10 years.
That was after a three-year spell in Kathmandu, Nepal in the 1980s, when her husband Peter was air liaison officer at the British Embassy.