Art - A Taste of Textiles

We are proud to showcase the work of talented contemporary British artists in The Estate Grill. Our current exhibition, curated by Life-the-Gallery features textiles by Alice Kettle, Louise Renae Anderson, Dionne Swift and Amanda J Simmons and will be on display until mid July.

Having trained as a painter at Goldsmiths and University of Reading, Alice has become a distinguished, contemporary textile/fibre artist. She has established a unique area of practice by her use of a craft medium, on an unparalleled scale. The scale of her work belies their component parts: individual tiny stitches, which combine to form great swathes of colour, painterly backgrounds incorporating rich hues and metallic sheen. Alice has work represented in many public and international collections, including the Winchester Discovery Centre, Gloucester and Winchester cathedrals and the National Library of Australia.

Louise completed both her BA and MA in textiles at UCA in Farnham, Surrey. She creates outstanding hand woven textiles concerned with the passage of time and shows great skill in using processes and techniques involving traditional methods of dyeing and weaving and natural materials combined with a contemporary approach to design.  Louise’s subtle aesthetic is explored through mark making, the breakdown of regular pattern into irregularity, and the beauty of imperfection to create calm contemplative pieces. She sees the repetitive, rhythmical nature of hand weaving as a form of meditation and escape from today's fast-paced society. 

Dionne studied Embroidery at Goldsmiths College, followed by a Masters at the University of Central England. She aims to translate her vision of the world into cloth by printing, dying and stitching. She loves nothing more than to take a long walk, starting from her Yorkshire based studio the stunning surroundings offer endless inspirations, she makes drawings and sketches capturing the moods, colours and changing shapes all around her. These are energetically translated sewing directly onto the canvas or into the drawings, the mark making is fast and furious, the vibrant threads or moody subtlety of colours creates a lasting visual memory of her surroundings.

Amanda trained at UCA, Farnham. The moorland landscapes of the Isle of Man, West Penwith, Cornwall and The Isles of Scilly have deeply influenced and inspired Amanda’s work. Producing pieces in a range of mediums, these collagraphs are a result of a printmaking process.  They depict unfolding landscapes and are part of a series that Amanda has been working on for several years.

We currently have an ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, Richard Whitewho is living at Great Fosters for four weeks during May & June.  He is producing a body of work to display in The Estate Grill from the end of July. Richard is doing his best to make the most of the spring sunshine but has become quite adept at dodging the rain showers!

                           Richard White                 Richard White

If you are interested in purchasing one of the textiles please contact Kerry Kelly at Life – the Gallery or call Kerry on 07774 924643.