Margaret Fairhead is a freelance textile artist. She specialises in machine embroidered pieces, exploiting the possibilities provided by her digital sewing machine to develop a variety of textural effects and colourways in a painterly manner.
Some past design sources have been sunsets, flowing water, water reflections, still life, floral and fruit subjects.
A recent series of canal pieces was inspired by the RBSA bicentenary year with its focus on Birmingham. This series consisted of views from the towpath between Symphony Hall and Snow Hill Railway station.
Moving on from this series were pieces chosen from views seen from the train window on her frequent journeys to the mid Wales coast. This started with the old Curzon Street rail terminus – around which there is currently major development work being undertaken connected with HS2; and ended with rural views and ultimately the coast.
Alongside this, and following a ramble in the Staffordshire countryside, she developed a series of pieces based on reflections of trees in the river.
She is a Member of RBSA, and also a member of Birmingham Art Circle, Tangent Textiles and local Arts Societies.