Alison King

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I will have my large WWI piece hanging in St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh from July 1st 2016 for five weeks and other work in the EDGE exhibition at the Edinburgh Palette from July 2nd for four weeks.

commissions information

To date undertaken a number of large scale commissions including panels for the entrance hall at Currie High School, the new dining room at St Georges’ School , Edinburgh and a triptych for Arniston House, Midlothian.


Winter from Life Cycle, the commission for St Georges' School, Edinburgh

Delighted to accept both public and private commissions both large and small.

New Lectures on Power Point

Landscape in Triplicate

As a textile artist, I work with many different techniques including embroidery. I think it is, perhaps, the combination of needlework, painting and collage, which makes my work distinctive. Since moving to Scotland, landscape has become a very important source of inspiration to me. In recent years the Cairngorm National Park in Aberdeenshire and the River Gairn, a tributary of the Dee, has inspired much of my work.

I often work on related panels or triptychs. In this lecture I will be talking about this personal approach to landscape and how I have come to interpret it not only two dimensionally but also in the round.

Work of The Textile Study Group

Founded in 1973, The Textile Study Group (formally the PSG) is a diverse group of nationally and internationally renowned artists and tutors. Over the last 32 years, TSG members have been in the vanguard of textile and embroidery education, often in association with the Embroiderers’ Guild. Maggie Grey in her article on “Twenty -five years of the PSG” in The World of Embroidery described the list of members as reading like a “Who’s Who” of the embroidery world. Individually, TSG members have published numerous books and magazine articles and exhibited their work at prestigious venues worldwide. Please see TSG website for more information.

Working in the Round / or Flying Dolls and Other Strange Things!

This lecture looks at the different themes that lend themselves to being interpreted in three dimensions. Themes that range from people and animals to food, fashion and landscape – as revealed by textile artists and talented students alike.
I also talk about my love of working in this way and my most recent experiments with embroidering in the round.

Good Design – The Nuts and Bolts

A basic introduction to the elements of good design (line, colour,tone ,composition etc and presentation.

Showing Off

The Pleasures and the Pitfalls of Mounting an Exhibition

Scottish textile artists Rosemary Campbell and Alison King, having shown in group exhibitions over many years such as the EG’s Stitched Textiles, the TSG and EDGE, decided the time had come for a two woman show that would tour Scotland. In the build up, during and after the exhibition there were many exciting, rewarding and frustrating moments! They are now planning another. In this lecture I share our experiences and hopefully offer some useful advice to those of you contemplating such a venture.

Lecture Fee on request

Two Day “tailor made” Courses

Held in the intimate setting of my Edinburgh studio – (small numbers-maximum 5) on dates that suit you. Can be extended with further sessions to develop themes and techniques to an advanced level.Better still why not find four or five like minded friends and enjoy working together in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere?

Woodlands and Rivers

Suitable for the enthusiastic beginner and those experienced in working with textiles.Drawing on the beauty and texture of birch trees and water, we will use a variety of techniques, first of all creating surfaces with paint, some simple over printing and mark making with a range of medium. Then we will be needle weaving onto wooden frames with strips of fabric, string, threads – predominantly with neutral, silver, blue and grey fabrics. To this we will add in wrapping and decorative hand stitch to evoke the mood of the riverbank and the silver birches.

Meaningful Structures

Working expressively with 3 dimensions

“I think colours are as important in our lives as words are; and words cannot be used as substitutes for colours. Colour is the most obvious and immediate visual stimulus and to those who can speak the language of colour it can express the whole gamut of human emotions in quite a different way from word.”  Bernat Klein As Bernat Klein says, if you can speak the language of colour, you can express many different emotions. The same is true of other visual languages such as that of line, form, texture, pattern and scale.

In this workshop we will be looking more specifically at ways of creating shapes that communicate feeling. To begin with we shall investigate which visual signals can trigger specific responses. Then we will experiment with some paper engineering to develop structures that resonate with emotion.

They could take the form of containers, sculptures, even some kind of garment! The choice of structure is yours. You may not finish your piece completely during the course but you should be well on your way to produce something really unusual.

This may all sound rather serious but this course is not meant to be too emotionally draining. Hopefully we will have a lot of fun on that journey through gloom, joy, pain terror, ecstasy and so much more!

Stripping Back the Layers

This is a theme that can be interpreted at many levels – not only in a physical way but also philosophically.  It can deal with a notion such as decay, the peeling back of layers through time and the distressing of surfaces. It can also deal with the idea of tearing back layers to reveal something hidden, precious, new. It might make you think things that lie beneath a surface- archaeological finds, veins beneath the skin, vegetation like bulbs, onions, celery.  It is a theme perfectly suited to the contrasting of different textures and the construction of unusual shapes and forms, the building up and cutting back of material layers.

Exits and Entrances

Through my work in Sicily I looked at many beautiful buildings. Often they had magnificent entrances, doorways or fantastic gates. Looking in through these could be seen rich interior and from inside, landscapes that were lush and green. I would like to take the theme “Entrances and Exits” for the day school, working with two layers on quite a small scale. The top layer would be used to create the doorway, gate or entrance and the second for the view through, perhaps to something mysterious, open or enclosed.  I hope to show you a number of techniques that can be used to build up the different layers.


The theme of “Reflection” can be interpreted in many ways and can be developed in a very literal way or as a totally abstract image. The familiar physical characteristics of reflection such as distortion, repetition, and symmetry are rich sources of inspiration.With this in mind I would like to start the workshop by looking at these different aspects , starting with a few small exercises using small mirrors. Then with a simple printing technique, we will explore the nature of reflection. I would hope that from these experiments you could develop a number of visual images, both abstract and figurative.We would then manipulate and develop these images further using a variety of techniques including machine and hand embroidery.

Cutting Across

Experimenting with line, colour and composition

A simple workshop that investigates the importance of the basic elements in creating your own designs. This workshop is a good follow on from the lecture Good Design – The Nuts and Bolts

Workshops  fees on request

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