Cecilia Stanford has lived and worked as a studio artist in Silver City, New Mexico, for the past 20 years. . Much of her work is the result of a previous career as a professional costumer, an interest in the decorative arts, and most recently, the One Armed Witch . All of these influences combine to create rich surfaces using a variety of materials and embroidery; current works are textiles and paper collage. The elaborate decoration evokes a sense of charm and nostalgia, sometimes poignantly.
My current work is inspired by using what is at hand (her collection of found objects is large) and repurposing old linens and embroideries. Altering and patient embellishment, hand quilting and embroidery have come to be an important part of the work. And it never hurts to have a sense of humor.