Specialising in fine art textiles, I combine the drawn, the painted, the digital and the crafted.
The influences in my work vary widely. Themes which deal with human and social behaviour are a regular reoccurrence through the use of common imagery already existing in our society, set alongside both the figurative and abstract. Expressed through a dark and slightly anarchic sense of humour my work touches upon feminist issues, sexuality and the fashionability of craft and textile art.
These concerns are explored and translated predominantly through the use of stitch, which serves to reflect upon the tradition and skill of the textile industry and its social, political and economic history.
The process of experimentation and the layering of different mediums are key to my work, trying to reveal or bring to the surface what lies beneath, the hidden or overlooked aspects of our culture, making way for the recognition of the precarious balance of contemporary society. The use of innovative textile techniques combined with my interest in the relationships people have with material objects through commercial language, and how this may manipulate behaviour and belief through their material meanings, are influences I interpret both symbolically and visually in my work.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training
2004 - Masters Degree - Textiles, Royal College of Art, London
2013 - Paint With Thread, Space 2 Gallery, Watford, London
2007 - Time & Triumph, London., The Arthouse Gallery, South East London
2003 - Interactive Emotions, The Livingstone Studios, Hampstead, London.
2013 - LEE HARDMAN & KELLY JENKINS, BLANK MEDIA COLLECTIVE EXHIBITION, CONTACT, OXFORD ROAD, MANCHESTER
2013 - Reading Contemporary Art Fair, Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading, UK
2012 - Artists in Test Valley, The Fairground Gallery, Weyhill, Hampshire
2012 - Rum's Eg Gallery Christmas Exhibition, Rum's Eg Gallery, Romsey, Hampshire
2011 - 10 Years of Textiles, The National Botanical Gardens of Wales, , Carmarthenshire. UK
2010 - West Meets West, The Bristol Gallery, Bristol, UK
2009 - Knitted Worlds, , Audax Textile Museum, Tilberg, Netherlands
2008 - Strikk 7, Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum, Oslo, Norway
2007 - Strikk 7, Vestlandske Kunstindustrimuseum, Bergen, Norway.
2007 - Sugar & Spice,, Vegas Gallery, London
2007 - Wonderkammer, Bluecoats gallery, Liverpool
2006 - ArtBelow, Knightsbridge Tube, London
2006 - Deconstruct; Reconstruct, Bilston Craft Galler, Wolverhampton, UK
2006 - Endangered Species, The PAD Gallery, Preston, UK
2006 - Knit 2 Together, Crafts Council, London (& UK tour)
2006 - The Christmas Exhibition , The Henshelwood Gallery, Newcastle, UK.
2005 - Baggage Weekly, Bank of America exhibition, Canary Warf, London
2004 - Knit Chatlines, The Urban Outfitters Exhibition, Kensington, London.
2008 - The Methods Lab, Helen Hamlyn Centre , Royal College of Art, London
2005 - Artist In Residence, St Joseph's Academy, Blackheath, London
Competitions, prizes and awards
2003 - John Lewis Soft Interiors Award., Royal College of Art, London
2002 - Student of the Year Award, West Wales School of Arts., Carmarthen
2001 - The Lucienne Day Award for Contemporary & Innovative Textiles, New Designers, Business Design Center, London