Vivienne Netherwood is a contemporary textile artist living in Wirral. Her designs are created, often in layers using a variety techniques from traditional wet felting to stencilling, printing and free motion stitching. The images might be bold, playful, evocative and dynamic. They are influenced by impressionism, street, pop and graphic art. The image has a story to tell whether it is the landscape around us, the human body or the interplay of texture, rhythm and colour. www.ThingwallFelt.co.uk
Works using a variety of subject matter such as architectural shapes and natural forms. By using positive and negative space and experimenting with line and colour creates vibrant prints and appliquéd fabric designs.
Stewart Kelly studied textiles at Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University. He works primarily with drawing, printing processes and stitched textiles. Alongside his creative practice, Stewart works in health and education as an artist and tutor.
Barbara Meynell works mainly in the medium of batik, finding inspiration from coastal and mountain landscapes. She took part in an exhibition for the 2010 Independents and is a member of ‘Wirral Art’ Open Studios Group and Wirral Society of Arts. She also creates hand painted designs on silk scarves,
selling her work in local galleries and online. www.scenicsilks.co.uk
Christine Toh after starting exploring a range of printing techniques, studied textiles at John Moores university. Her work challenges the layering effects of silkscreen printing processes often combined with stitching techniques. She has joined the creative community at the Bluecoat in 2010.
Yvonne studied Division Fashion and Textile Design in Liverpool Inspired by beauty of nature, poetry and nostalgic memories her creative flair
lies in texture and manipulation of fabric in the main through hand, machine embroidery and crochet. She enjoys experimentation in these and other mediums to achieve different effects and styles in her creations, which she hopes will give a sense of enjoyment.
Jan Bee Brown
A teller of human stories through textiles Jan has a portfolio career crossing boundaries in the arts from theatre and costume design and fine art textiles through education, curation and exhibition design. A post feminist artist Jan works with felt, original textiles and museum collections to create sculpture and installations inspired by family secrets and long forgotten stories told by generations of women. www.janbeebrown.co.uk
Susan works in fibrous malleable materials like wool felt and wood pulp to produce three dimensional figures. Through experimentation with a combination of traditional and new techniques she takes the materials in new directions. Her work springs from a fascination with the long and varied cultural history of the making of human figures, and the need it reveals in us to remake ourselves in our own image. Susan’s focus is the often ambivalent reaction we have to objects that represent ourselves.
Sabine produces delicate line drawings stitched with thread onto transparent fabric. These drawings are placed on top of paintings, which show soft and blended hues that merge to give subtle impressions of cloud and ground, sky and land and fragments of buildings. Both layers are brought together, one behind the other, to create a three-dimensional picture. The changing surface of the Earth with its textures and colours and the shapes of (living
and not-living) things remain a lasting inspiration to her work. She references Architecture a lot in her images, as buildings and constructed shapes are the ultimate expression of human engagement with the environment. It is a fascinating challenge to work on the idea how Architecture can “carry” visual connotations of memory, feeling and history.
Amanda studied Creative Practice at Liverpool Hope University, focusing on making short films inspired by surreal and avant garde styles. Since then, she has continued to develop her practice producing short films and has recently been exploring crafts such as crochet. Recently she filmed and collaborated Re-View Textiles day at the ‘Bed-In’ at the Bluecoat, when artists and the public were invited to create a wall-hanging of people’s dreams of peace. www.redwireredwire.com and beatcityimages.tumblr.com
Judith is using textiles and other bits and bobs she finds lying about, Her work is about immediate responses to what is happening on any particular day. She includes words for their meaning and pattern, music for its sound and shapes. She has been exhibited her
work, curated fibre art shows and run workshops for almost 40 years.www.la-art.co.uk
Sue‘s work embraces traditional craft skill and ideas-based art – all with a ‘make do and mend’ philosophy. She enjoys the rich colours and textures obtained from patching and stitching textiles, and uses a diverse range of techniques to achieve her aims. Life,landscape, and a quirky sense of humour are her influences.
Diana Heredia studied Interior Architecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg learning different crafts from gold smithing and woodworking to printing and felting along the way. After moving to England in 2005 she now designs and makes products for children ranging from artwork to accessories and clothing while staying open to interdisciplinary projects touching our living environment.
Ulrike creates installations of silent melancholy. Objects and garments made of fragile transparent paper or worn textiles build rooms between reality and dream. Oeter collects growing archives of textiles and transient, eggshell paper: torn, crumpled, scratched, glued, ironed, rusted, smoothed, oiled, sewn, crocheted. The new series tells the story of childhood.
Su Chacewicz works with Robert Bluett as part of KHARYSART, a free thinking partnership that is involved in the expression of creative, conceptual and therapeutic processes and projects through art and design. Individually and together, they have explored values, ideas and experiences, experimenting and interacting with a variety of materials and media.
Wei ‘s work deals with identity in contemporary society. Influenced by her father’s traditional ink painting, she concentrates on mixing the new looking for the oil painting, which is based on the knowledge of Asia and Western art history and her personal understanding. Sometimes she prefers working in 3 D , there is a strong attention pushing her looking where she comes from and who she is.
Journeying with the spark of an idea. A network of thoughts, close observation and dawn dreaming. Constructing layers of meaning, colour and texture – using paper, textiles, metal and found materials. Creating words, images and objects that reflect the world I inhabit.
Born in Portugal, Isabel lives and works in the Netherlands.
Could the same activities women had used in life be transformed into the means of making art?
Judy Chicago, Through the flowers: My struggle as a Women Artist, 1975
Katie is a printmaker who works with intaglio techniques, fabrics and natural materials. Concerned with the passing of time and how it affects works of art, Katie subtly manipulates this inevitable process to create pieces that evolve even after completion.
Travel has influenced a crucial part of my creative thought process as a visual artist as well as the absorption of culture, nature and the unexplained yet fascinating complexity of life’s intricate web.
Rosey is greatly inspired by the natural world and its diverse scenery. With a background in landscape design, she has a deep understanding of what shapes our landscape and enjoys translating this into textile. Seascapes are also a frequent theme in her work. She expresses herself in a variety of media – felt, collage, screen print, batik and stitch.
Joanne Frankel is a textile artist based in South Wirral, Cheshire. Originally from the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire and still a place she very much regards as home, Joanne grew up surrounded by the Forests wonderful and ancient woodlands, rolling hills and rivers as well as a variety of wildlife.
Inspired by the natural world around her, Joanne combines her passion for drawing and painting with contemporary textile techniques.
Catherine’s work crosses the boundaries of dyed, felted, stitched and printed textiles. Having recently moved to Liverpool, she is inspired by the city and its hidden pockets of industrial buildings that time has forgotten. In her work, she aims to transform the ordinary into extraordinary: the archaic into ultra-modern.