Approved: 16.08.2006

Frances Geesin

Artist, Maker, Teacher, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

Concepts Ideas frequently emerge from and are suggested by the materials and processes I use. Sometimes I collaborate with others to create jewellery and accessories or interactive textile panels enabling work to be created which otherwise would not exist. Other works are formed as a metaphor for concerns, issues or narratives I wish to address. The electroplating of textiles creating rigidity from

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  • Location: Heathfield, South East
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Gallery education, Studio practice
 

Biography

Concepts Ideas frequently emerge from and are suggested by the materials and processes I use. Sometimes I collaborate with others to create jewellery and accessories or interactive textile panels enabling work to be created which otherwise would not exist. Other works are formed as a metaphor for concerns, issues or narratives I wish to address. The electroplating of textiles creating rigidity from soft fluid surfaces and continues to present numerous challenges and poetic possibilities. It is another way of seeing. Influences The thermoplastic properties of some synthetic fabrics when electroplated present a new visual and aesthetic language and have become my signature. I enjoy the opportunities derived from collaboration with others from science, engineering and Nano technology. The variety of non-woven material and conductive shielding fabrics available for industrial applications has been a major influence on my work. My involvement with the TED team at Chelsea College has inspired some novel ’up cycling’ work. By adapting industrial processes and materials we can enrich our visual and tactile world.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1995 - PhD Electrodeposition of Fabrics, Royal College of Art, London 1966 - Des RCA, Woven Textiles, Royal College of Art, London 1963 - NDD, Painting with Woven Textiles additional, West Sussex College of Art, Worthing, W. Sussex Solo exhibitions 2007 - New Work Solo Exhibition, Gallery Gallery, Kyoto Japan 2002 - ‘Amalgam' , Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester Kent Group exhibitions 2010 - Unwrapping The Line Exhibition During the ‘Drawingout’ festival , Melbourne, Australia 2007 - ‘Ever & Again’, Triangle Gallery Chelsea, London 2007 - ‘Inspired by Nano’, The Grapevine Contemporary Gallery, Norwich 2005 - Meet the British Crafts, Ozone Gallery Tokyo, Japan 2005 - Through The Surface, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan 2003 - Artists at Work New Technologies Textile Exhibition, Museo del Tessuto Prato, Italy 2002 - 'Passivation', Dashwood Gallery Hall Place, Bexley, Kent 2000 - 'Slipstitch' New Concepts in Knitting, Dutch Textile Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands 1998 - 'Revelation' Textile artists addressing Issues, The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan 1995 - 'New Tech Styles' - Technology and Innovations in Contemporary Textiles,, The Bonington Gallery, Nottingham Competitions, prizes and awards 2008 - Honorary Fellowship of the Institute of Nanotechnology (Hon FIoN)., Institute of Nanotechnology, Scotland 2003 - Fellowship for Textile Design, Arts Foundation, London 2003 - Gold Award for Technical Innovation [with Scilla Speet] from The Goldsmiths' Design Council., Goldsmiths Hall, London 2001 - Prize for Innovation [with Scilla Speet] from The Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council., Goldsmiths Hall, London 2000 - 5th 'In Our Hands' Mixed Media & 3D Works an International Competition, Nagoya Trade & Industry Center Nagoya, Japan 1995 - British Standards Award, Royal College of Art, London 1995 - Daler-Rowney Prize, Royal College of Art, London