Approved: 16.08.2006

Vanessa Rolf

Artist, Gallery educator, Lecturer / academic, Maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

Vanessa Rolf's work explores maps, journeys, psychogeography, memory, memorial, inheritance, archiving and collections. She references found imagery and text to create layered narratives; this research is sometimes referenced directly but also through intuitive selection of colour, fabric and mark making with stitch.  

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  • Location: Winchester, South East
  • Artforms: Installation, Textiles
  • Tags: embroidery, inheritance, memorial, tapestry & embroidery, fibre art, naval history, world war two, textiles, hand stitch, repetition, sleep
 

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    Biography

    Vanessa Rolf's work explores maps, journeys, psychogeography, memory, memorial, inheritance, archiving and collections. She references found imagery and text to create layered narratives; this research is sometimes referenced directly but also through intuitive selection of colour, fabric and mark making with stitch.  

    CV & Education

    Honorary Fellow, Royal College of Art

    62 Group member since 2016

    Qualifications

    2011           Post Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching, CLTAD, University of the Arts

    2004          MA Mixed Media Textiles, Royal College of Art, London

    1999          BA Hons Fashion and Textiles, B.I.A.D, University of Central England

    Exhibitions

    2017           Transcriptors: Illustration, Documentary and the Material Exhibition, James Hockey                          Gallery, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey

                       Stitching stories: Making common ground, City Space, Winchester

                       Open 2017, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight

                       Making Space, 62 Group, Knitting & Stitching Show, Olympia & Edinburgh

    2014            Unlocking the diary, Burlington Hotel, Folkestone Fringe

                        Open Studios, Chocolate Factory, Stoke Newington, London

    2013            Open Studios, Chcolate Factory, Stoke Newington, London

    2012            The museum for objects of virtu, Abbey Arts Centre, London

                         Get Carta, Karin Jansenn Project Space, London

                         Poems to the sea, Prick Your Finger, Bethnal Green, London

    2009             Postcards from Canvey Island, Cornelius Vermuyden School, Essex

    2008             After Linnaeus , Hillier Gardens, Hampshire 2007

                         Hidden, Royal College of Art, London

    2007             Maps & Legends, Makers' Showcase, firstsite, Colchester

                         Siberia Series, firstsite, Colchester

    2004             Global Positioning System, Bank of America, Canary Wharf, London

                         Paradise Lost, Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch

    Employment

    2017             National Saturday Club Co-ordinator, Winchester School of Art

    2013 - 15      Lecturer, BA Textile Design, Chelsea College of Art & Design

    2005- 2015   ReachOutRCA Project Director – Royal College of Art 

    2006/7          Stitch Technician  – Textiles Dept. Royal College of Art 

    Selected Teaching & Workshops

    2017             Lecturer, MA Textile Design, Winchester School of Art

                         Workshop leader, City Space, Winchester

                         National Saturday Club Co-ordinator, Winchester School of Art

    2016             Workshop leader, Making Space, Havant, Hampshire

    2015             Lecturer, BA Illustration, University of the Creative Arts, Farnham.

    2012             Lecturer, Preparing to teach, Royal College of Art

    2011             Speaker, Firing Up Seminar, Crafts Council

                         Project tutor, Handling Collection, Crafts Council

                         Project leader, Ignite! Research RCA, Royal College of Art

    2010             Workshop leader, Museumaker, University of Nottingham Museum

                         Workshop leader, ReachOutRCA, Royal College of Art

                         Workshop leader, Jaywick Martello Tower, Jaywick, Essex

    2009             Workshop leader, Cornelius Vermuyden School, Canvey Island, Essex

                         Workshop leader, Fairhaven Hospice, Essex

    2007             Workshop leader, firstsite gallery, Colchester

                         Workshop leader, Greenwich University

    2006             Workshop leader, Charles Edward Brooke School, London

    2005             Curator, En Route lectures and walks, Royal College of Art

                         Workshop leader, ReachOutRCA, Royal College of Art

                         Lecturer, BA Textiles, Manchester Metropolitan University

                         Lecturer, BA Textiles, Surrey Institute of Art & Design.

    Commissions

    2014               WW1 Commemoration, Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent

    2010              Installation and interior textiles, Tapestry, 1771, London

    2008              Interior textiles, Ontario Tower, Johnson Naylor Architects, London

                          Wall pieces and interior textiles, Johnson Naylor Architects, Tudorvale Development.

    2007              In the beginning..., Stubbington Methodist Church, Hampshire Projects

    2005              En Route: Series of talks and walks on the theme of journeys, Royal College of Art.

    2004              The Tundra, Installation Piece, Johnson Naylor Architects, New Providence Wharf.

    Collections

    2009             GPS, Crafts Coucil Handling Collection, Craft Council

                         Sandtracks, Crafts Coucil Handling Collection, Craft Council