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Alison King

textile

Witchlight detail

Embellished fabric with painted paper and stitch

textile

Mapwork 2 detail

Embellished fabric with painted paper and stitch

textile

"Where is the Consolation?" detail

Embellished fabric with painted paper and stitch

textile

"Where is the Consolation?" detail

Embellished fabric with painted paper and stitch

textile

"Where is the Consolation?" detail

Embellished fabric with painted paper and stitch

textile

Target Practice No 1

Paint with hand stitch

Artist statement

Although trained as a painter, I now work mainly with textiles but am increasingly combining paint with stitch. For several years now my inspiration has mainly been the valley of Glengairn in Aberdeenshire and I feel that cloth and stitch are ideally suited to interpreting the subtle beauty of the Scottish landscape.

I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with an MA in Fine Art/Painting. 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 became founder chairman of the New Scottish Embroidery Group and subsequently first Chairman of EDGE scottish textile artists 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.

Most recently I have focused on family history from WW1- primarily illustrating the sermon preached by Rev James Black at the end of the war entitled "Where, Minister, is the Consolation?" and using information from his old trench maps.

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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