Approved: 16.08.2006

Linda Barlow

Approved: 16.08.2006

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

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  • Location: Wem, West Midlands
 

Biography

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.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2009 - MA Textiles, Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester UK Solo exhibitions 2005 - Fabricated Stories, Gateway Galleries, Shrewsbury 2004 - Textiles, Tan-y-Llyn, Meifod 1999 - Time and Place, Tan-y-Llyn, Meifod 1998 - Clocks, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield 1997 - Foyer Exhibition, West Midlands Arts, Birmingham 1997 - The Time has Come, New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme Group exhibitions 2011 - Dream Rocket Project, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Atlanta, Georgia USA 2011 - Dream Rocket Project, Tompkins Square Library, New York City USA 2010 - International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas USA 2008 - World Reclamation Project, Abandoned Petrol Station, Syracuse, New York 2007 - Women's Work: Identity, West End Centre, Aldershot, Hampshire 2006 - Virtual, City Inn, Birmingham 2004 - Telling Tales, Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston 2003 - Making Wem, Town Hall, Wem 2002 - Cabinet, Heritage Centre, Oswestry 2002 - Craftworks, Assembly Rooms, Ludlow 2002 - Distant Images, The Gallery Spout Farm House, Telford 2001 - Box of Delights, Keele University, Keele 2000 - Time after Time, Gateway, Shrewsbury 1997 - Celebration of Clocks, Town Hall, Chester Curated projects 2010 - "Five From 500", Wem Town Hall, Wem, North Shropshire Residencies 2011 - Self-Directed Residency, Brison's Veor, Cornwall 2009 - Self-directed residency, Brison's Veor, Cornwall Competitions, prizes and awards 2011 - Prizewinner - Art Quilts, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham 2009 - Textile Society Student Bursary, Textile Society, UK Publications 2010 - 500 Art Quilts, Lark Books