About me

Photo: © Pete Millson 2019

My degree in the late 1970s was meant to turn me into a fabric designer, and although I never became one, it was a training that has had a lasting influence on my subsequent practice as an artist.  After graduation I quickly moved into making one-off woven tapestries, with printmaking and then ceramics coming into the mix each after 20 year gaps. Whichever media I am working with, the nature of textiles continues to be a central theme, playing with pattern, structure and stitch, sometimes deconstructing work and piecing things together again. I sometimes take scissors to a tapestry that I’m not quite happy with, editing and adding until it feels it has something more to say, and the means by which it is re-made becomes an integral part of the piece. I find this way of working can be both a resolution and a new beginning.

Printmaking is an important part of my practice, creating a conversation between weaving and drawing, yarn and paper. I rarely edition more than a very few copies, more usually making a series of variations from one plate. A recent move into ceramics, which has offered a way of drawing in 3D, continues this practice of improvisation and re-construction.

BA Hons Constructed Textiles, Middlesex Polytechnic (1979)

MA Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking, UWE Bristol (2002)

 

Trustee: The Theo Moorman Trust for Weavers

Selection of exhibitions since 2000

2000 Bridgwater Arts Centre. Solo show Textiles and Prints.

2001 ‘A Legacy in Weaving’ University Gallery, Leeds

2004-2007  ‘Footsteps’ Walford Mill, Dorset, and national Tour. Textiles and Print.

2006 ‘Marks in Time’ Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset (with Amanda Wallwork and Michael Fairfax). Textiles and Prints

2008 Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University, Dorset. Paintings (with Brian Rice)

2008 Marshwood Vale Arts Awards, Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset. Textiles.

2009 Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset. Paintings. (with Brian Rice)

2009 Stroud International Textile Festival. Textiles and Paintings.

2009 Sladers Yard, West Bay, Dorset. Prints.

2010  ‘Make’ Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Prints

2011  ‘Up Close’ Devon Guild of Crafstmen. Prints

2012  ‘The Art and Craft of Renewal’ |(with Sandra Eastwood ceramics) The de Morgan Centre, London

2013  ‘Fingerprint Printmakers’ Mount House Gallery, Marlborough College, Wilts.

2013  ‘The Journey: Exploring the Nature of Mending’ Walford Mill, Wimborne, Dorset. Textiles

2016    ‘New Dimensions’ Museum of Somerset, Taunton. Textiles and Prints

2016   ‘Mending Revealed’ Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport, Dorset

2017  ‘The Continuous Thread’ Slade Centre, Gillingham, Dorset.  Solo show: Retrospective of Textiles and Prints

2019 ‘Materials Matter’ Landsdowne Gallery, Strroud, Gloucestershire. Textiles and Prints (with Björk Haraldsdottír ceramics)

2020 ‘Threading Forms’ Platform showcase with Cavaliero Finn at London Art Fair, Islington. Textiles and Prints

Awards

1994  Theo Moorman Charitable Trust  for Weavers award to develop textile work.

2006  Arts Council England to make new work for ‘Marks in Time’ project and exhibition with Michael Fairfax and Amanda Wallwork.

2008  Theo Moorman Charitable Trust for Weavers award to research textile mending as a visual resource to develop textile work.

2012  Arts Council England Award to develop a contemporary craft project ‘The Journey: Exploring the Nature of Mending’, making new work and commissioning from others, in partnership with Walford Mill Crafts, Wimborne.