Hand Weaving with Fleur Design
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 with me and an article "From Conception to Creation" on the website www.textileartist.org . I was awarded the Silver Award in Craft & Design Selected Makers Award 2016 in the Textiles & Needlecraft section .
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
June 2017 Surrey Artists' Open Studios with Onslow Artists, Guildford
Aug.-Sept.2017 A Touch of Silk, Whitchurch Silk Mill ,Hampshire comprising work from the members of the south east group of the Spinners, Weavers and Dyers Guild
September 2017 The Makers’ Art 2017. North Surrey Group of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, Cranleigh Arts Centre
July 2018 Designer Crafts Summer Exhibition, Chelsea College of Arts, with the Society of Designer Craftsmen
October 2018 Real Craft at Charterhouse, Charterhouse School, Godalming a charity event
May-June 2019 Awakening, Leith Hill Place, National Trust, near Dorking, an exhibition by 28 artists inspired by Spring
October 2019 40th Anniversary Textile Exhibition with West Surrey Guild of Spinners, Weavers and Dyers.