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My Story

I am a designer-maker of woven textiles and my studio is in Peaslake, a small village in the heart of the Surrey Hills.  My inspiration is often drawn from the incredible colours and textures of nature seen in the stunning countryside around me in the changing seasons, in the dramatic colours of sunsets and in the dynamic and subtle effects produced by light and shadow, particularly on water.

 

I was a potter for many years but reached a point in my creative life where I felt the need to expand my artistic endeavours, and enrolled on a foundation course at University College for the Creative Arts (now University for the Creative Arts) in Farnham, Surrey.  This involved the study of various mediums, which inspired me to follow an entirely new direction.  After completing the course I continued my studies at Farnham focussing on textiles and graduated three years later with an honours degree in textile design, specialising in weave.

Nature also inspired my earlier life as a ceramicist, and the tactile qualities of the raw materials of ceramics had within them the possibility to fuse functionality with craft and art. I was later drawn to the study of textiles for the same reason and it also allowed me to expand my artistic horizons.

My aim is always to create unique pieces of artwork in the form of wall hangings as abstract pictures, and also to produce individual items that can be worn such as shawls and scarves. My materials of preference are fine natural yarns including silk, merino, cotton and bamboo, most of which I hand-dye.

I am a Member of The Society of Designer Craftsmen and also belong to The West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers. I am featured in the Crafts Council Maker Directory,   in the book Handmade in Britain edited by Piyush Suri, published by Vivays Publishing and there is an interview about me on the website www.textileartist.org .

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Exhibitions Past

May 2007

Graduate Exhibition, University College  for the Creative Arts, Farnham.

July 2007

New Designers, Islington, London

2010

Flora Lou Gallery, Chobham, Surrey

November 2011

Handmade in Britain 11, The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, Scarf exhibited at the launch of the book Handmade in Britain edited by Piyush Suri

Dec.11 - March 12

Bourneside Gallery, Gomshall, Surrey

May 2012

London:  a celebration, gallery@Oxo Gallery, London, with Handmade in Britain

July 2012

Exhibition of Handmade Textiles, Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester, with Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

January 2013

Designer Crafts at the Mall 2013, The Mall Galleries, London, with The Society of Designer Craftsmen

April 2013

Clandon Park House, Guildford, with West Surrey Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

Nov. – Jan 2014

Jo Aylwin Studio and Gallery, Farnham

February 2014

Unravel, The Maltings, Farnham with West Surrey Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

May 2014

Taster Exhibition 2014, Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey, with Surrey Artists’ Open Studios

June 2014

Surrey Artists’ Open Studios, Peaslake Old School Room, Peaslake

November 2014

Handmade in Britain 14, The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair,  Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, with Handmade in Britain

Dec.14- Jan.15

Surrey Artists’ Christmas Exhibition, Lewis Elton Gallery, University of Surrey, with Surrey Artists’ Open Studios

January 2015

Designer Crafts at the Mall 2015, The Mall Galleries, London, with The Society of Designer Craftsmen

November 2015

Handmade in Britain 15, The Contemporary Crafts & Design Fair,  Chelsea Old Town Hall, London, with Handmade in Britain

February 2016

Unravel, The Maltings, Farnham with West Surrey Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

June 2016

Surrey Artist’s Open Studios, Six Oaks Studio, Cranleigh

June 2016

The Maker’s Art, Guildford House Gallery, Guildford with the North Surrey Group of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

August 2016

Designer Crafts on the Mall 2016, Mall Galleries, London with the Society of Designer Craftsmen