Approved: 10.05.2018

Linda Izan

Artist, Digital designer, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Teacher

Approved: 10.05.2018

Although I have actively chosen to work with and develop textile techniques and skills during the past several years, my creative practice is not exclusively within this area. I am also keen to access and exploit mixed media, photography and digital media. 

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Artist Statement

Although I have actively chosen to work with and develop textile techniques and skills during the past several years, my creative practice is not exclusively within this area. I am also keen to access and exploit mixed media, photography and digital media. 

My work focuses on social issues. I allow the current given theme to predicate the choice of materials; materials that would add to the dialogue.  For example, if I am dealing with unwanted objects thrown into skips (as in my on-going body of work ‘Waste Embellishment’) I will use gold leaf or marbled velvet to emphasis what is valued and what is not.

When the narrative is focused on human rights, as in my work ‘We Warned You’ which deals with the issue of Domestic Abuse, I set up an installation mirroring a crime scene. Here I replicated the appearance of police cordon tape, digitally printing on the tape statistics on the impact of budget cuts to Refuges. Increasingly I have used text in my work. The text is there to ensure that the message is explicit, as my aim is to highlight the human experiences lived in a world, which increasingly questions the status quo.   

In general the impetus for work might be immediate or might develop over several years; with collection of photographic, video research and the exploration of public and world issues via the media and social media.  Also important to me, is the connection with other artists. Although I do not share a studio with a creative group, preferring to work in my own space, I do connect on a regular basis with the excellent art collective ‘Fabric of Protest’ a Manchester based group. Within the group ideas are brought to the forum and developed as well as new skills explored.

In September 2018, I was accepted as a member of the prestigious international exhibiting group Prism Textiles.  In October 2018, I was also accepted as a member of S.E.W. (The Society for Embroidered Work). Both groups invited me to exhibit with them in 2019.  

My work continues to be exhibited locally within the North West, Nationally and Internationally with my work highlighted on social media and within printed publications. 

 

CV & Education

Selected Exhibitions from 2016: 

 

2016    September       World of Glass St Helens        Group Exhibition ‘Textiles 21’

2016     October          Castle Park Frodsham             Open Art 

2018    March             35 Chapel Walk Gallery           'Fighting Talk' SheFest Sheffield 

2018    July -Sept        Manchester Peoples History Museum    'Fabric of Protest'

2018    December       Isherwood Gallery Wigan                Open Art

2019    March             WordPower: Language as Medium         LibraryX    Publication                                                     

2019    April - May        CASS Arts Manchester      Friends of the Whitworth 

2019    May – June      Hoxton Arches London    - Prism Textile Group Exhibition

2019    October                       RBSA - Prism Textile Group Exhibition       

2019    Oct- Jan           'Know Your Meme' San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles 

2019    September      FiLiA – Women’s Art   Atelier London 

2019    November        ‘Falling Walls’  John Street Gallery Stroud 

2019    November       Clerkenwell Gallery London   S.E.W.   Contemporary Stitched Art

2019    December        ‘Falling Walls’  Nau Arts Gallery Cheltenham                       

Forthcoming Exhibitions 

 

2020    January           ‘Know Your Meme’ San José  MQT USA 

2020    Feb - April         Ferens Art Gallery 2020 Open Exhibition - Hull 

2020    May        In Search of (IM) POSSIBILITIES  PRISM Textiles  The Art Pavillon London

 

Membership:

Fabric of Protest                             Manchester Peoples History Museum 

Prism Textile Group                        http://www.prismtextiles.co.uk/   

‘SEW’ Society for Embroidered Work https://www.societyforembroideredwork.com/

Qualifications:

- Wolverhampton Polytechnic -  B.A(Hons)  3-D Design Ceramics  

- Liverpool Polytechnic - A.T.D. (Art Teachers Diploma)

- Staffordshire University - Postgraduate Diploma Design CAD/CAM 

- Coventry University M.A. Electronic-Art Coventry