Approved: 16.08.2006

Elizabeth Couzins-Scott

Artist, Gallery educator, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Lost at Sea

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Artist Statement

Lost at Sea

Environmental decline and degradation are facing our oceans

Climate change and plastic pollution are already threatening our marine life.Artists need to contribute to the growing body of environmentally conscious artworks that carry a responsible message.

The legends and mythology of the seas from many cultures tell of people who live in the underwater world,selkies, mermaidsand sirens..Thinking of these stories, I began to wonder what if articles lost at sea were collected by the sea people and repurposed into items for their use.

I began to consider a fictitious museum style display that reveals an imaginary mermaid's collection of accessories, everyday objects from our world given a different life.The display would also show her concern for the disappearance of sea life and contain her reliquiaeof precious fossilized sea forms that have also been lost at sea or are in the process of disappearing from our oceans

The artefacts I have made to convey this message are all constructed from found debris washed up on the shore, pressed porcelain pieces and cast, recycled paper

CV & Education

My recent work has been concerned with environmental issues. Artists need to contribute to the growing body of environmentally conscious artworks that carry a resposible message to raise awareness and try to evoke change.I am interested in remnants and traces of materials relating to Nature that seem significant and which for me contain layers of meaning that can be developed into artefacts and imagery.

I originally studied 3D Design (Ceramics) at Farnham School of Art and then went to Manchester to study for a PGCE.I felt restricted working within a ceramic tradition and wanted to use different materials.I began to use recycled paper to create similar qualities to my work in clay based on an organized equivalent of organic form and moved towards textile ,collage and mixed media techniques.During a residency in the print making department at the University of Central Lancashire I was able to explore silk screen printing techniques

I have worked on commissions for corporate clients.have written articles and a book on papermaking and appeared on television to present the technique.I was a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and have exhibited regularly with them.I was one of 8 members chosen to represent the group at Collect at the V&A in London..I have worked as a creative practitioner at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and was commissioned to make textile pieces for their Tactile Collection.

I have recently been working in collaboration  with breast cancer patients as part of a group called Comma,who are interested in  the concept of Design Activism

Communication  Medicine  and Art 







Solo and selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Lost at Sea Installation, Haworth Art Gallery, Accrington. 

2015/17 IInternational Conference ,Sexuality and Cancer.Manchester Conference Centre.(CoMMa Communication ,Medicine,and Art)


2014 British Textile Art, Showa University,Tokyo, Japan

2012 Interventions, Gallery of Costume, Platt Hall, Manchester

2011 Collins Gallery, University of Strathclyde,Glasgow

2011 At a Tangent, Gallery Oldham, Oldham

2010 Four PRI Gallery University of Central Lancashire

2010 Bending the Line: Museum Rijswijk, Rijswijk Holland

2009 The Hub, the National Centre for Craft & Design, Lincolnshire


2008 Art of the Stitch: International Open Biennial Exhibition

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Deutsches Textilmuseum Krefeld,Germany

Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest Hungary

2008 In the Window. Bluecoat Design Centre Liverpool (Solo Exhibition)

2007 Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects

V&A Museum, London (1of 8 members selected to represent the 62


2006 Vanity Affair: An exhibition of experimental fashion and textiles

Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport (Solo Exhibition)

2005 Encounters: Museum of Zoology, Cambridge

2004 Of Material Concern: Millennium Galleries, Sheffield

2002 Textiles in Context: New works made in response to the collection

V&A Museum, London

2002 Red: A touring show with a touch of red.

Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery, Suffolk

Beverley Art Gallery, East Yorkshire

Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, Northern Ireland

2001C0llective Response Bankfield Museum Halifax

2000 Textiles for 21st Century Mc Manus Gallery Dundee


 The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (Tactile Collection of Contemporary Textiles)

Corporate Collections 

Smith,Kline,Beecham.Art for Offices London

Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. London Contemporary Art, Corporate Art Division

United Oil Products (Art for Offices)

J. Henry Schroder, Merchant Bankers, London (Art for Offices)

St. Mary's Hospital, Isle of Wight

Wither's Solicitors, London (London Contemporary Art)

Fullerhall,Vandersteen, Architects,London London Contemporary Art

American Airlines, London; (Art for Offices)


Radical Thread (The 62 Group of Textile Artists)

Papermaking; Elizabeth Couzins Scott, New Craft Series (Anness Publishing)

The Craft of Hand Papermaking; John Plowman (Apple Publishing)

Papermaking Techniques; John Plowman (Quarto Publishing)

The Art & Craft of Papermaking; Marion Elliott (Anness Publishing)


The Artist's & Illustrators Magazine

Embroidery Magazine

House & Garden


The Art & Craft of Papermaking; Half hour Sky TV programme

Residency 2008 University Central Lancashire Printmaking


2007 -2013 Creative Practitioner; The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

Tutor to Embroiderers Guild Groups and for the 62 Group of Textile Artists

1989-2007 Blackpool Sixth Form College, Tutor ‘A’ Level Art, Textiles and Art History

1980 1988 Blackpool & the Fylde College, Teacher of Art & Design,GCSE& ‘A’ Level Ceramics, Adult Education