Scenes inspired by the Seashore (using Evolon) by – Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

A long thin piece of horizontal driftwood, with thin wire 'waves' attached to the top surface. Four rectangular pieces of dark coloured Evolon hang from the underside, embellished with machine stitching and joined together with more wire and bits of plastic.
‘A Little Wave Action’
by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

Alysn is an accomplished freelance fine art textile artist, as well as a tutor and author. These beautiful pieces of work form part of her collection entitled ‘seam(i)stress’ and illustrate her love of the sea and shoreline around her home in New Zealand.

Alysn has used a variety of spray paints (car, furniture and art sprays) to colour the Evolon (the fabric element or base cloth seen in these images). By using shells as resists, she has created the impression of multiple shells on the beach and in some cases the shells have been re-applied to the surface.

In the example above, she has incorporated wire, driftwood and small bits of waste plastic, to highlight the problem of pollution in the sea and the environment in general.

A lightly coloured rectangular background of Evolon coloured with soft tones of cream and grey, embellished with shells and  dark grey vertical lines of machine stitching.
‘Only the Moon to Light the Path’
by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Dark shells uniformly sewn in a diamond pattern, on a background of cream and soft green coloured Evolon. The piece also has a large number of horizontal and vertical lines of light grey machine stitching as well as swirling black machine stitching, creating a feeling of movement.
‘The Secret of the Shell’
by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden
Delicately mottled background in cream and soft green, with circular rows of light grey machine stitching, decorated with random groups of shells.
‘The Sun Will Wake and Kiss the Beach’
by Alysn Midgelow-Marsden

To learn more about her work, please visit Alysn’s website –

by Ruth Morgan | July 31, 2020 | Posted in Evolon