Textile artist Jean Griffiths will be displaying her work at Shoreham Art Gallery in October 2019. Free entry.
“My interest in textiles, learnt in basic and traditional form on my grandma’s doorstep and on an early model electric sewing machine my mum acquired in about 1960, was re-kindled by an exhibition in Worthing over 30 years ago, which alerted me to the idea that Textiles can go beyond tray cloths and dressmaking, and be art works in their own right. Since then, having followed a Foundation Art course at Northbrook College, and a number of taught textile courses, I have been making and exhibiting Textile Art based mainly on stitching but incorporating many other techniques such as painting, printing and other forms of surface decoration. My subject matter is often inspired by my enthusiasm for landscape studies, having gained a degree in Geography in London many years ago.
In addition to my personal work I am a Steering Group member of the Steyning So and Sews, a community stitching and textile group. Having worked on a series of 5 quilts to commemorate the Steyning Grammar School 400th anniversary in 2014, we have also completed a 2 year Art Textile commission for Wilton Park, now hanging in Wiston House near Steyning, and are currently working on a collaborative project at East Clayton Farm near Washington which is run by the Lorica Trust who are developing it as a resource to work with marginalised and vulnerable people. We will work with them to create a textile for the new common room there.
I have been a member of Steyning Arts and of the Adur Art Collective for many years, taking part in Open House Trails and in other exhibitions organised by them, and am delighted to be asked to exhibit some of my work in the Shoreham Art Gallery this Autumn. I hope you like it, and thank you for taking an interest.”