Approved: 16.08.2006

Jenni Cadman

Artist, Maker, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work is concerned primarily with abstract imagery and the translation of the drawn and painted mark into fabrics and stitch. From initial explorations on paper to the finished textile the whole process is crucial in forming the content of a piece and in developing a personal response to the landscape from where I draw my inspiration.

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  • Location: Dorset, South West
  • Activities: Higher education, Further education, Adult education, Workshops, Private commissions
  • Categories: Textiles
  • Tags: stitched textiles, Textile Art, Fine Art Textiles, Embroidery, Embroidered landscapes, Thread Drawings, Free machine Embroidery
 
 

Biography

My work is concerned primarily with abstract imagery and the translation of the drawn and painted mark into fabrics and stitch. From initial explorations on paper to the finished textile the whole process is crucial in forming the content of a piece and in developing a personal response to the landscape from where I draw my inspiration.

Over the years I have employed a wide range of techniques, media and materials involving machine embroidery, applique, transparent fabrics and paint for example along with the manipulation of fabrics by fraying, bonding, distressing and forming.

In recent work stitch has become the predominant feature. Using the rhythmical action of the sewing machine I apply threads in both broad flourishes and intricate details to suggest brushed colours or the spontaneous flow of a drawn line.

Alongside making my exhibition and commissioned pieces I have continued, in my role as a teacher, to develop a portfolio of work to demonstrate embroidery and applique techniques within schools, colleges and to regional embroidery guilds. Qualifications 1980 HNDipAD, Printed Textile Design, Reigate School of Art & Design, Surrey 1997 City & Guilds Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions
2010 - Jenni Cadman : Member's Showcase, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon 2005 - Stitched Textiles, The Terrace Cafe, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon 2001 - Coastworks, Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset 1998 - Bell Street Gallery, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Group exhibitions

2016 - THE YARD, Pop-up Gallery, above Vida Comida, Swan Yard, Sherborne, Dorset
2013 - Strand: Textiles with a Contemporary Twist, Allsop Gallery, Bridport Art Centre, Dorset
2012 - The Art of Textiles, L'Artishe Gallery, Swanage
2011 - Interwoven, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk
2010 - A Few of Our Favourite Things, Dorchester County Hospital, Dorchester
2010 - Dorset Art Weeks, The Haven, Harcombe, Nr. Lyme Regis
2010 - Present Makers, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
2010 - Thelma Hulbert Open 2010, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton
2009 - Between the Lines, MKGallery, Somerton, Somerset
2008 - Boundaries, The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
2008 - Journeyland, The Brewhouse Gallery, Taunton
2008 - Trig Point, The Study Gallery of Modern Art, Poole, Poole
2007 - Sherborne House Open, Sherborne House, Sherborne
2006 - Craft Focus, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon
2006 - Full Spectrum, Sherborne House, Sherborne
2006 - Full Spectrum, Sherborne House, Sherborne, Dorset
2006 - Journeys: The Art of Making, Sussex Barn Gallery, West Dean College, Chichester, West Sussex
2006 - Journeys: the art of making, West Dean College, Chichester
2006 - Summer Exhibition, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey
2005 - Art for Giving, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon
2005 - Brighton Art Fair, Corn Exchange, Brighton
2005 - 'Landmarks', Walford Mill Craft Centre, Wimborne, Dorset
2005 - 'Summer School Tutors Exhibition', Sussex Barn, West Dean College, Chichester
2005 - Tutors Exhibition, Sussex Barn, West Dean College, Chichester
2003 - Colour Shift, Subscription Rooms, Stroud, Gloucestershire
2003 - 'Land, Sea, or Sky', Peacock Gallery, Poole, Dorset
2003 - Loose Threads, Rufford Craft Centre, Newark, Nottinghamshire
2003 - 'Loose Threads', Rufford Craft Centre, Nottinghamshire
2003 - Lure of the Sea, The Jointure Studios, Ditchling, Sussex
2003 - Millfield Open Summer Show, Atkinson Gallery, Street, Somerset
2003 - 'Millfield Summer Show', Atkinson Gallery, Street, Somerset
2003 - Raising the Roof, Walford Mill Craft Centre, Wimborne, Dorset
2002 - Christmas Show, Maltby Contemporary Art, Winchester
2002 - Christmas Show, nobleArt Gallery, Cambridge
2002 - Cornucopia, Fibreart Gallery, St. Ives, Cornwall
2002 - Dorset Art Weeks, Atrium Gallery, Bournemouth University, Dorset
2002 - Hemmed In, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Bovey Tracey, Devon
2002 - Unravelled, Dorchester Town Hall, Dorset, during Dorchester Festival
2001 - Christmas Spice, Walford Mill Craft Centre, Wimborne, Dorset
2001 - High Fibre, Sherborne House, Dorset
2001 - The Sea, Arts in Hospital Project, Dorchester Hospital, Dorset
2001 - Year of the Artist touring exhibition, Bus Stop Gallery, South West of England
2000 - South West Open Studios, Penzance, Cornwall
2000 - Spirit of the House, Sherborne House, work created in response to the building during a residency

Curated projects
2001 - High Fibre, Exhibition of Wessex based Textile Artists, Sherborne House, Sherborne, Dorset

Residencies
2006 - 5 day Residency, Textile Workshops, Colyton Grammar School, Colyford, Devon
2000 - Project to create work in response to the historical building of Sherborne House, Sherboorne Houe Arts, Sherborne, Dorset

Projects
2007 - Crumpety Tree Project, Arts Council Lottery community project to make a banner, Quangle Wangle Choir & Acorn Centre , Weymouth

Competitions, Prizes and Awards
2001 - Craft Award, Arts Council, South West
2000 - Craft Award, Arts Council, South West

Educational experience - primary
2001 - Textile Workshops, Chickerell Primary School, Weymouth

Educational experience - secondary
2012 - Textile Workshop, Clayesmore School, Blandford, Dorset
2011 - Textile Workshop, Millfield School, Street, Somerset
2010 - Textile Workshop, Leweston Girls School, Sherborne, Dorset
2007 - Textile Workshop, Kings School, Ottery St.Mary, Devon
2006 - Textile Workshop, Honiton Community College, Devon
2005 - Textile Workshop, Cowes High School, isle of Wight
2005 - Textile Workshop, Honiton Community College, Devon

Educational experience - tertiary
2003 - Visiting lecturer, BA (Hons) Textiles and Surface pattern, Somerset College of Arts and Technology, Taunton, Somerset
2003 - 2006 - Visiting Tutor, Textile Workshops, West Dean College, Chichester, Sussex
1999 - 2002 - Visiting lecturer, BA (Hons) Costume Design, Bournemouth Arts Institute, Dorset

Site specific
2001 - Year of the Artist, Commission to create showcase work for double decker bus touring the West Country, Sherborne Contemporary Arts, South West

Publications
2008 - 'Textiles Now' by Drusilla Cole, published by Laurence King
2006 - 'Embroidery', July/August feature 'Beneath the Surface' published by the Embroiderers' Guild
2004 - FibreArts Design Book 7, published by Lark Books 

Other
2008 - Fashion Embroidery & Stitch, Exhibitor/Demonstrator, The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate