Textile Study Group

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Ann Wheeler

Artist statement

I am a freelance tutor and exhibiting artist and taught City and Guilds embroidery at Fareham College, Hampshire, for many years. I worked for over 20 years as National Advisor and External Verifier for the City and Guilds Creative Studies. I am a member of the Textile Study Group and the Westhope Group and have exhibited both at home and abroad. I have had an obsession to create for most of my life. I enjoy the opportunity of working with local amateur groups on community stitch projects, sharing my love of art and textiles with them.

My own work is very process lead. I like the feel and reaction of different materials as I work. The act of drawing and recording ideas in sketchbooks, of nature, the countryside and using historical research, leads to sampling and development. The research and planning, influence how I resolve my final work and is an important part of every experience.

The challenge of submitting proposals for a variety of exhibitions is stimulating. The most recent for the Dis/rupt exhibition caused much angst! However I was able to look at a lacemaking ancestor and see how the industrial revolution affected their lives. For some years I have incorporated bobbin lace techniques in my textile practice to create structure. The different 3-dimensional forms that can be produced when using large scale ‘threads’ particularly paper yarn, challenge the view of traditional lace and move from the delicate to a form that has perceived weight.


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