Linda Barlow

Concepts My work is often autobiographical and considers the changing social position of women in contemporary society. I am drawn to quilt-making with its slow repetitive rhythms and the fact that, historically, it has existed outside conventional art practice and as such has been the unrestricted voice of women. I used my recent MA studies to explore extending the single image of the quilt into an animated narrative, to look at artists who are mothers. Influences I find being by the sea, especially in the west of Cornwall, particularly inspiring (what am I doing living in land locked Shropshire!). Other influences are my time spent travelling, particularly in India, walking the South West Coast Path alone, architecture, birds, fish, and the colour blue. Career path After doing art foundation I turned down a place on a degree course in Brighton in favour of cycling round Europe. I then spent several years travelling funded by a variety of jobs and renovating houses. Although I had always played around with textiles it wasn't until 1995 that I began seriously making textile clocks and larger textile pieces. I regularly attend workshops with textile artists I admire. I sell my work through galleries and exhibitions and run textile workshops. Public commissions include a clock and four textile panels for Shropshire County Council and three large textile panels for North Shropshire District Council. I received the Quilters Guild Founder Members Bursary to study surface design and am in receipt of an Arts Council research and development grant to study artists film/animation. read full statement

Location Wem, West Midlands