「沿河邊走著，地面仍被雪覆蓋，作品捕捉了對新葉的尋找，標誌著春天的蘇醒。她以布料上抽象的地圖來代表她的步履，有時候標誌著一段路徑，或是一段響亮鳥鳴的回憶。人手刺繡能縫補表面，同時也是一種繪畫的方法。」Hannah Lamb在她的In Search of Green展覽中，這樣解說自己的作品。
“Walking along the river bank with the ground still snow-covered, the work captures the search for new green leaves as a sign of awakening spring. Her walk is represented as abstract map-like marks on cloth; sometimes marking a route or the memory of sparkling birdsong. Hand-embroidery is used both to alter the surface and as a method of drawing.” Hannah Lamb described her work in her In Search of Green exhibition.
H: The main techniques I work with are hand stitch, natural dyeing and I am particularly known for my use of cyanotype printing (also known as blueprinting or sun printing), which is an old photographic process dating back to the Victorian era. Cyanotype can be used to create incredibly detailed negative prints in blue and white on paper and textiles. I was first drawn to using cyanotype because of the way I could capture a fleeting moment in time as a permanent shadow on cloth. The process itself seems magical and the results can be stunningly beautiful.
H: 我也有做刺繡，通常是簡單的手縫針步，我喜歡發掘針步的多樣性，例如行針或種子針，來自由地表達一些標記和動態。在In Search of Green就用了手針來創作一些標記，就像一個地方的個人化地圖。對我來說每一針的標記都包含著很個人的意義。
H: I also work with embroidery, usually simple hand stitches. I like to explore the versatility of stitches such as running stitch or seeding and also to use them freely to express marks and movement. In a piece such as In Search of Green I was using stitch to create marks that are like a personal map of a place. Each stitch mark means something personal to me.
“I think the exact backstory of the garments is less important to me, than that they have some interesting age and feel like they have a personality to them. Some of the more delicate garment pieces represent how fragile our memories can be.”
T: I found your works netting with different media like architecture, history, lighting, space, writing, stitching and cloth. Could you tell us the ideology of your creation?
H: Yes, these are all definitely qualities I am interested in. I am very lucky to live in an area with such a strong industrial heritage in textile manufacturing. Textiles are literally part of the landscape of this area and so cloth is intertwined with place and history is everywhere. I am fascinated by the old mill buildings, by the textile manufacturing that still continues in the area, the old records and archives and also the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Place has a huge role in the work I create.
H: Lasting Impressions是我和朋友Claire Wellesley-Smith（Slow Stitch的作者）為Saltaire Arts Trail（薩爾泰爾藝術之路）而創作的共同作品，在2016和2017年各花了三天創作，所以最後只是以六天完成這作品。
Saltaire Arts Trail每年都會在薩爾泰爾舉行，薩爾泰爾是位於英國西約克郡的一個已被聯合國教科文組織列為世界遺產的村莊，是於1850年代為了安置一家大型紡織廠的工人而建設的。
雖然工廠已於1980年代關閉了，現在已是一個美麗的住宅區；在Saltaire Arts Trail的週末期間，商店和附近的民居都會化身成臨時的pop-up藝廊空間，展覽來自本地或世界各地的藝術家和工匠的工藝。
T: Among your works, Lasting Impressions impressed me so much! It looks like a piece of immersive contemporary dance!
Lasting Impressions was an artwork I created in partnership with my friend Claire Wellesley-Smith (author of ‘Slow Stitch’). We created the work for the Saltaire Arts Trail during three days in 2016 and again in 2017, so in total the work took place over just six days.
The Arts Trail takes place every year in Saltaire, which is a village in West Yorkshire, England. Saltaire village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that was designed and built in the 1850’s to accommodate the workers at a huge textile mill/factory.
Although the mill closed down in the 1980’s, the village is now a very beautiful residential area. During the Arts Trail weekend, businesses and homes around the village become pop-up gallery spaces, exhibiting art and craft from local and national artists and makers.
Lasting Impressions, 2016
H: 2016年我和Claire受到Saltaire Arts Trail邀請在Salts Mill裡，曾經是紡紗間的閣樓創作一件作品，Salts Mill最初建造時是世界上最大的建築，既工業化而又美麗。Lasting Impressions便企圖作為一個互動的藝術作品，來鼓勵人們思考個人和布物之間的關係。
H: For Saltaire Arts Trail in 2016, Claire and I were invited to create an artwork in the empty attic space at Salts Mill. When it was first built, Salts Mill was the biggest building in the world, and the attic (once spinning room) is a vast, industrial yet beautiful space. Lasting Impressions was intended to be an interactive artwork that encouraged people to think about their personal relationship with textiles.
We asked people to create impressions of their clothes into soft clay tiles and also to write us a tag to tell us what they liked about the item, what it was made of and where it was made. It was really interesting to see people taking notice of the clothes they might usually take for granted.
H: For the second part of Lasting Impressions in 2017, we wanted to create a response to the first piece. We gathered a vast array of different fibres and yarns and asked people to weave the tags (responses from the previous years) together. People were fascinated to make connections between the fibres and the tactile qualities of the clothes they wear.
To say thank you for people taking part, we offered them a single special stitch in gold thread in their clothes. We loved that people would stop us in the street over a year later to show us they were still wearing the garment with a golden cross stitch in it. They were so proud to show it off.
T: In the digital age, we buy less books, but when turning over your book, Poetic Cloth, it feels like feeling the texture of sensation, which is indeed a very pleasant thing.
H: Poetic Cloth is all about materials; how we use them, what they mean to us and how they can convey meaning in art. I love the different tactile qualities of textiles and also how they behave differently with movement and manipulation. I wanted to share this with my readers and also to encourage them to consider their own personal relationship with cloth.
H:Textiles are a social material, they hold meaning but they are also a kind of language we can all understand. In terms of embroidery, I think the fact that it can be small-scale and portable, makes it a very relevant process for modern life, either as a hobby or a serious art form. ANYONE CAN DO IT.