My main themes either evolve from my sketches of people in their everyday environment into life-size figures in paint and fabric (Chance Encounters), or from my visual diaries. This work is more personal as I record my immediate world noting actions, feelings and visual stimuli. (Timelines)
As an artist, I am determined to keep direct influences to a minimum. This ensures an originality and integrity in my work. I am inspired by painters and sculptors who demonstrate single-mindedness, bravery and vision.
BA Hons Fine Art, Diploma in Creative Embroidery. Freelance Lecturer: West Dean College, West Sussex, Urchfont Manor College, Wilts.Visiting tutor for TAFTA Fibre Forum, Australia. BA Hons Embroidered Textiles Opus MDDX University.
2000 - Wall-hung Textile 'Aspiring Arches' (8mx 4m) Ashridge Management College, Berkhampsted, Herts. 50th Anniversary Wall-hung textile (design/coordinator), Urchfont Manor, Devizes Wilts. 2007 Red Oak Primary School, Swindon, Wall-hung textile(2 x 2.75m)
As Chairperson of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and am co-ordinating the Group's 50th. Anniversary Celebrations with 6 separate exhibitions nationwide and a new publication 'Radical Thread'. Pursuing my own work for exhibitions.
1996 - Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath. 1998 - Newman School, Hove, East Sussex. 2007 - Red Oaks Primary School, Swindon, Wilts.
Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath, West Sussex. Braintree Museum and Town Art Gallery, Essex. BBC. S.E. Collection. Diane Springall Collection. Beauchamps College, Leicester
'Aspiring Arches' - Dacorum Borough Council Winner & County Recommendation 2000
Contrasting Elements by Jae Maries published 2009, 'Embroidery' various articles dealing with design, colour, stitching
1995 'Material Witness', Quaker Gallery, St. Martin's Lane, London. 2006 Invited artist at the Knitting and Stitching Show NEC, Alexandra Palace, Harrogate. 2007 'Chance Encounters' Braintree Museum and Art Gallery, Braintree, Essex.
The 62 Group of Textile Artists - Recent Venues
2002 /3 'In Context' Victoria and Albert, London 2005 'Encounters' Cambridge Zoological Museum, Cambridge. 2006 'Tracing Threads', Hove Museum and Art Gallery, Hove, Sussex. 2008 'Size Matters' Rochester Art Gallery, Rochester, Kent. 2009 'Bending Lines' The Hub, Sleaford, Lincs.2010 'Bending More Lines' Museum Rijswijk, Holland, Collins Gallery, Glasgow.2011 'At a Tangent' Gallery Oldham, Oldham.
2001 'Art of the Stitch', Embroiderers' Guild International Open, Mall Galleries, London. 2006 Prism Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
CV & Education
2008 - Exit wall-hung textile, Braintree Museum and Art Gallery, Braintree, Essex
2008 - Wall-hung textile for College , Beauchamps College, Leicester
2007 - Wall-hung textile for Main Hall and education programme, Red Oaks Primary School, Swindon, Wiltshire
1997 - Wall-hung textile for Community College and education programme, Oathall Community College, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
2000 - Aspiring Arches - wall hung textile (8m x 4m), Ashridge Management Development Centre, Berkhampsted, Herts
1998 - Ebb Tide wall-hung textile, BBC. South East News Centre , Tunbridge Wells, Kent
2009 - Contrasting Elements