Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist based in the UK working since 1986. She originally trained as a painter and this continues to drive and underpin her work. She has established a unique area of practice by her use of a craft medium, consistently and on an unparallelled scale. Her work is primarily textile based, the expressive journey of a line of thread, which is made up of individual tiny stitches combined to form swathes of colour and painterly backgrounds which incorporate rich hues and metallic sheen. The exploration of digital stitch and print programmes have been an area of research which sit within her practice.
The content looks at narrative, material memory and the cyclical repetition of universal story/myth and cloth.
Her work is represented in various public collections such as the Crafts Council, Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester, Museo Internationale delle Arti Applicate Oggi, Italy, Museum of Decorative Art Riga, Latvia, Ararat Art Gallery, Australia, Belger Collection, Kansas City USA, Hove and Portsmouth City Art Galleries.
She has consistently worked in architectural spaces. Commissions include the National Library of Australia, the Scottish High Court in Edinburgh, Gloucester and Winchester Cathedrals and the School of Music & Drama at Manchester University and a vast piece measuring 3m x 16.5m for the Winchester Discovery Centre.
Her interest in cross material and collaborative practice has initiated the Pairings touring show and she is currently co editing Collaboration through Craft commissioned by Berg. Other publications include machine Stitch perspectives and Hand Stitch perspectives published by Bloomsbury.
She is currently Senior Research Fellow at Manchester Metropolitan University and is Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester.
CV & Education
2012 - Alice Kettle, Canberra School of Art Gallery, Canberra Australia
2009 - Allegory, Crafts Study Centre, Farnham UCA and UK tour
2012 - Cotton Exchange project, Global Threads, Queens Mill, Burnley Lancashire
2012 - European Prize for Applied Arts, WCC, Belgium
2012 - Loss, Chichester Cathedral, Chichester
2012 - Pairings II conversations and collaborations, Stroud International Textile Festival, Stroud