Textile Study Group

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Alison King

Artist statement

Trained as a painter, I now increasingly combine textiles with paint and collage feeling this form of mixed media is ideal for interpreting different themes. Much inspiration has come from the Scottish landscape and the marks and scars left on the land by generations of landowners and crofters.

I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in Fine Art/Painting and remained living and working in Scotland. Through teaching in schools, I acquired a passion for textiles and soon discovered how the qualities of this medium could enhance my painterly way of working.

I was a member of the 62 Group, leaving to become founder chairman of the New Scottish Embroidery Group and subsequently first Chairman of edge - textile artists scotland in 2000. In 1993 I was invited to join The Textile Study Group and as Chairman and Exhibitions organiser curated the TSG's touring exhibition Creative Dialogues.

I have often used the traditional triptych as a way of bringing together variations of colour and atmosphere into a single work. It was one such piece that was purchased by The Museum of Scotland for their contemporary textile collection in 2001.

A fascination with old maps was particularly important in the making of "Where Minister is My Consolation?" in 2016, a commemorative piece based on the WW1 trench maps that belonged to the Rev James Black, padre to Edinburgh's Sporting Battalion. This hanging is now owned by the Heart of Midlothian Football Club.

Most recently I have focused on creating "Food Chain", an installation, highlighting the importance of food in the assimilation of Chinese immigrants into Britain.

Over the years I have exhibited widely and my work has been collected in the UK, the USA and Hong Kong. My most recent large commission was for Buchanan's Bistro in Banchory, Aberdeenshire.

I now work as a freelance lecturer and workshop tutor throughout the UK.


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