Artisan Dyer and Embroiderer.
Freelance Tutor offering workshops in Shibori, Dyeing: – fibre reactive, indigo and natural dyes.
Lectures on design, colour, sustainability of crafts and early twentieth century British Textiles – Crysede and Cresta
Author A Handbook of Indigo Dyeing Search Press
Residencies and commissions considered

Born
1949 Truro, Cornwall, UK

Work made
Decorative and domestic textiles

Materials used
Natural fibres and threads, natural dyes and plant mordant – fibre reactive dyes
Techniques used
Natural and synthetic dyeing, Stencilling
Shibori (The inventive art of Japanese shaped resist dyeing)
Stitch, hand and machine embroiderer

 

Training

1992 Fire Proofing Public Textiles Roehampton College.
1991 Polytec South West, Certificate of Working with Adult Learners
1984-87 City & Guilds Embroidery, Urchfont
1972-73 Rotary International Scholarship. University of Georgia, USA
(Post graduate Studies, Child Psychology/ Textiles)
1968-71 Christ Church College, Canterbury (Teachers Certificate, London University
(Art Ceramics), DfES No 68/59213
1967-68 Redruth Art School

 

Employment Visiting Tutor and Lecture

2017 International Festival of Plants, Ecology and colours Madagascar May
2016 Tutor Indigo/ Natural Dye Workshops – Selvedge Magazine Duchy Nursery
Michel Garcia Colours of Nature Duchy Nursery Lostwithiel Cornwall
The Madeira Lecture Embroiders Guild South West Regional Day Wadebridge
Natural Dye demonstration at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen Bovey Tracy
2015 ‘Dyeing the Blues at the Rhythm of Time’, Big Cat Textiles, Newburgh Perth
2013 Indigo workshops Fowey – own studio.
Patrick Heron Crysede – Cresta – Colour on Cloth lecture Tate St Ives
2011 International Natural Dye Symposium, La Rochelle France
Visiting lecturer, Rachana Sansad College Mumbai, India
Lead artists for the Bath Junior Schools Festival
2009 Maiwa International Textile Symposium Vancouver Canada
Tutor at the European Patchwork Meeting Alsace France
2008 Natural indigo fermentation research – Bharat Carpets Panipat India
Embroiderers Guild Regional AGM Lecture
2006 Craft Workers Road show – Working with People. Lecture
Embroiderers Guild National AGM Lecture Torquay Devon
2005 Japanese stencilling workshop and demonstration at The Arts and Crafts, Victoria and Albert Museum
Indigo demonstration Expo 2005 Nagoya, Japan
2004 ‘Natural Dyes’ exhibit, Eden Project, Cornwall
Embroiderers Guild – Hampton Court Palace, Workshop
Bishop Stortford High School for Boys, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor, Dream Coat Costumes
2003 Indigo Workshops at the Eden Project
Research, Natural Dye Fabric, Eden Project
Cornwall Branch Embroiderers Guild, Master Class
2002 Craven College, Skipton North Yorkshire, Visiting Tutor
National Trust, Artist in Residence, Saltash Community School, Cornwall
2000 Missenden Abbey Summer School – Falmouth Art School Summer School
Lecture/workshop tour New Zealand – Scottish College of Textiles
Embroiderers Guild Regional Branch lecture

 

Selected Exhibitions

2016 WWl Exhibition Cornwall Craft Association +National Trust, Trelissick, Truro Cathedral
2014 Penlee House Museum Penzance
2015 ‘The Other’ Knitting and Stitches Show (2 man touring)
2014 Devon Guild of Craftsman Summer Show
2013 Curator ‘Japanese Connections’ (6 British + 6 Japanese Textile Artists touring)
2012 International Natural Dyeing Biennale Aichi Japan 2nd prize.
Exhibition Bevere Gallery, Worcester.
Open Studios Cornwall.
Mid Cornwall Gallery, ‘Fresh Approach’.
Curator ‘Space’, Municipal Art Gallery Kyoto, Japan. (6 British Textile Artists)
2011 International Natural Dye Symposium, La Rochelle France
2010 ‘Made By Hand’ Contemporary Craft Fair, Newport, South Wales
2009 ‘Made in England’ – BBC Video Nation Indigo at ST Pancras Railway Station
Focus CCA Gallery Trelissick Cornwall
2008 ‘Contemporary Craft Fair’, Bovey Tracey
‘Textiles’, Cornwall Craft Association, Trelowarren
‘Watts Trading’, Lostwithiel, Cornwall
Seamless CCA Gallery Trelowarren
Indian Craft Council Exhibition, South Africa
2007 Artists in Residence and exhibition at Hishio Museum, Katsuyama Japan
2006 Craft Council of India, Exhibition ‘Textiles’ Hyderabad, India
‘Tactile’, Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth, Devon
2005 Tied Lines-Tide Lines’, solo exhibition Saori Gallery, Osaka;
Exhibition at Nishikura’, Katsuyama, Okayama, Japan.
Exhibition Shibori Modern: New Expressions of Traditions’, World Quilt Carnival, Nagoya Dome, Japan.
Oukan-Minami, Arimatsu-Cho, Nagoya, Japan
‘Creative Link II’ Grace Barrand Design Centre, Nutfield, Surrey
2004 ‘Collect’ Victoria & Albert Museum London
2003 The Litchfield Festival,
‘Inside Out’ Trelowarren ‘Art in the Lambscape’ Installation, flock of dyed
2002 ‘A Space Odyssey’ Cajoba Gallery Birkenhead, North Devon Gallery
Barnstable, Cornwall Craft Association Gallery Trelowarren
1990 Semi finalist International Fashion Foundation, Japan

 

Awards

2012 2nd Prize at the 7th Natural Dyeing Biennale Aichi Japan
2010 1st Prize at the 6th Natural Dyeing Biennale Aichi Japan
2005 Arts council England, South West, Creative Skills & European Social
Fund grants for study tour  of Japan
1993 Designer in Residence, Scottish College of Textiles, Galashiels
1991 South West Arts/ Television South West, Major Craft Award
1990 Semi-finalist International Fashion Foundation, Japan
1973 – 73 Rotary International Scholarship. University of Georgia, USA

 

Commissions
In addition to numerous private Commissions:

2009 Meditation Kooshns for The Scarlet Hotel
BBC Video Nation – Artists Environment
2008 BBC Video Nation Cornwall – Indigo
2006 Wedding Kooshn – Tom Cruse and Katie Holmes
2003 Silk lengths, Dye Exhibit Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall
1997 Hangings for Back Quay foyer, Hall For Cornwall Theatre. Truro
Silk velvet Cope, Bishop of Rochester, Kent
‘Beautiful Things” Dyeing video for BBC Wales

 

Collections
In addition to numerous private collection world wide

2007 Hishio Museum Katsuyama Japan
1994 ‘Kikko Carp’ Framed shibori dyed and embroidered silk, Cornwall County Council Art Collection
1993 Limited Edition print run of Crysede Fabric, Royal Cornwall Museum Penlee House Penzance
1991 Two lengths of shibori dyed silk fabric, National Textile Collection, Hampton Court Palace
1990 Handling piece of shibori dyed and embroidered silk, International Fashion Foundation, Japan

 

Professional Societies

2008-2011 Cornwall Craft Association
2002 Embroiderers’ Guild – Cornwall Branch President
1996-1998 Executive member of the Embroiderers Guild
1992-2003 62 Group of Textile Artists
1990-1992 Chairman of the Cornwall Region of the Design & Industries Association
1985-1995 Design & Industries Association
1984- Embroiderers Guild, Life Member
1980- Cornwall Craft Association

 

Publications

2015 Reprint ‘A Handbook of Indigo Dyeing’ Search Press
2012 New Edition ‘A Handbook of Indigo Dyeing’, Search Press
2008 Reprint ‘Handbook of Indigo Dyeing’
2007 Natural Dyes Today,’ Eden Project Friends Number 25
2006 ‘Dyeing to Dance’ Eden Project ‘Friends’ Number 24
2005 Contemporary Patterns’, Drusilla Cole, Lawrence King Publishing
‘Handbook of Indigo Dyeing’ reprint Search Press
2004 ‘Out of the Blue’ ‘Handwerken zonder Grenzen’ Holland
‘A Dyers View’, ‘Patch Work and Quilting magazine’ UK
2003 ‘A Handbook of Indigo Dyeing’ Search Press ISBN 0-85532-976-9
‘A Passion for Colour’, ‘Stitch’ magazine, Embroiders Guild
2001 ‘Space Odyssey Exhibition’ Jenny Bullen Embroiderers Guild Magazine

 

Availability of work
From exhibitions
From the maker
Retail outlets (check with outlet for current availability)
Cornwall Craft Association Galleries at Trelowarren and Trelissick, Cornwall
The Devon Guild of Craftsmen Riverside Mill Bovey Tracy Devon
The Square Gallery, St Mawes Cornwall
Penlee House Museum Shop, Penzance Cornwall
Wave 7 Studio Gallery, Plain Street, Trelights Cornwall