Introducing Vivienne Beaumont

Introducing Vivienne Beaumont

Introducing Vivienne Beaumont as our most recent Textile Study Group member.

Vivienne originally studied Fine Art and has been an art teacher for a long time. She became increasingly interested in textiles, thanks to courses at Westhope College in Shropshire, which led to her being awarded a medal of excellence from City and Guilds. In 2019 she retired from teaching to do an MA at Hereford College of Art and she haven’t looked back since.

Vivienne found her artistic identity using symbolism, cloth and thread. The ephemerality and cyclical nature of life is at the core of her textile practice. she uses archetypal imagery to convey collective emotions, referencing the figurative, the mythological, nature, and the theme of transformation. Harvest, seeds and pomegranates represent both life force and loss. She likes to explore the commonality between us and also the cultural collective memory. She uses machine embroidery and print to tell personal and universal stories.

Drawing and design are key to Vivienne’s practice. She always starts with a drawing, which is often develop with Photoshop. She transfers her designs onto fabric with printing methods and enjoys the serendipity and creativity that occurs when handling the cloth.

Vivienne is also a member of the exhibiting Textile group Prism and The Society of Designer Craftsmen. She regularly exhibits at Spencer House Gallery in Tetbury.

Image that appears to be Little Red Riding Hood, surrounded by trees, with a Wolf standing next to her. To the right are images of scissors and cotton reels. The artwork is created in fabric and stitch.
The Edge of the Wood, Vivienne Beaumont

Making:50 at Farnham

Making:50 at Farnham

The Textile Study Group marked its 50th anniversary in 2023. For half a century, this group has been at the forefront of innovative making, teaching and textile art practice, and we are still going strong. We are celebrating this milestone, and our achievements, with a significant exhibition of new and exciting work from our current membership: Making:50. The exhibition continues until 27th April at its third exhibition location: The Crafts Study Centre, Farnham. 

On Thursday 4th April there will be an opportunity to ‘Meet the Artists’, with six of our members in conversation with Dr Stephen Knott, Director of the Crafts Study Centre. 

On Tuesday 23rd April there will be an online closing event, with Julia Triston, Siân Martin and Mandy Pattullo in discussion with Stephen Knott about their own work, the impact of the Making:50 exhibition and future plans for the group against a backdrop of increased interest in textile research and practice. 

Event booking is via Crafts Study Centre website.

The beautiful, limited-edition publication we commissioned to accompany the exhibition is available from the Crafts Study Centre or you can order it for posting anywhere in the world from our online shop.

Alice Fox, March 2024

Making:50 Workshop with Sarah Burgess

Making:50 Workshop with Sarah Burgess

To celebrate the Making:50 exhibition and Ltd Edition publication at The Ropewalk, Barton, the gallery are holding a day workshop led by TSG member Sarah Burgess.

Saturday 21st October, 10.30- 3.45pm Duration 5 hours 15 mins.

You will explore simple print techniques on semi-transparent materials to create layered experiments with print and stitch. Participants will create a series of experimental pieces to develop further in their own time. 

Suitable for enthusiastic beginners or more experienced participants.

Cost £70.00 Limited places are available, please contact the Gallery for booking and details tel 01652 660390

Mary Sleigh & Julia Triston, Making Conversation

Mary Sleigh & Julia Triston, Making Conversation

Don’t miss the next in our series of ‘Making Conversations’, on Monday 2nd October, with Textile Study Group Members, Mary Sleigh and Julia Triston.

Making Conversation is a series of six online events. In each session, two Textile Study Group members reflect on and share their own experience of creating new work for the Making:50 exhibitions.

Initial ideas and inspiration, frustrations and successful parts of the creative process, together with images of the artists’ work, are included in each conversation. Join us for an opportunity to have a peek over their shoulders and ask questions.

Sessions will be held via Zoom starting at 7pm (UK time) and will last approximately 1 hour.

Ticket price is £7.50 per talk. Available to book at our shop. 

Each ticket purchase is for one person to attend the talk.

Ticket sales will close 24 hours before each session.

No refunds.

Session invitation links will be emailed out on the morning of each talk.

Talks will not be recorded.

Visit our website for more information on each artist’s practice: MEMBERS