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
  • Artforms: Digital, Sound, Textiles
  • Tags: abstract embroidery, dorset seascape, east cliff west bay dorset, fine art textiles, tapestry & embroidery, textile art, embroidered wall-hanging, free-machine embroidery, abstract seascape, fine art textile, lyme bay dorset, stitched wall panel, applique, embroidery, stitched panels
 
 

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    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