“I am a textile artist/illustrator from Cornwall who uses stitch and layering to make illustrative and decorative work, incorporating existing features and alterations on used, vintage and recycled materials. I Purposefully bruise, unstitch and stain making my work have a seemingly incomplete quality. My technique is mostly appliqué with old fabrics of different weights, stitched predominately by hand with some machine embroidery when necessary. I enjoy the inherent history of the material often finding connections between subject matter and material.
My subject matter is primarily portraits and narratives and characters within folklore. Magic realism in fabric. There is also something a little dark about my imagery, unclothed figures, stains and mad looking animals give my work an edge.”
Born in Truro, Cornwall in 1990, both of Elizabeth’s parents and grandmother were craftsmen and artists, and Elizabeth was inspired from a very young age and dreamt of doing the same. Studying Art, Textiles, History of Art and Music at Truro College, Elizabeth went to University College Falmouth to do her art foundation where she soon realised that fabric and all its qualities fascinated her. She subsequently spent a year at Goldsmiths College, London studying Fine Art and then three years studying Illustration at UWE, Bristol, graduating with a first class BA Hons in 2013. She now works in a small studio in West Cornwall.
Degree Show May 2013-June 2013 Bower Ashton, Bristol.
New Graduate show June 2013-July 2013 The old brewery, Brick lane, London.
D&AD New Blood July 2013 Spitalfields, London.
Drawing a Presence May-July 2014 Newlyn art Gallery, Cornwall.
The Contemporary Craft Festival Bovey Tracey June 5th-7th 2014
The Collaborators October 2014 The Exchange Gallery, Cornwall.
Get Fresh exhibition 17th January-8th March 2015 The Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Devon guild of Contemporary craftsmen, Spotlight. October-November 2015
Circa 21 Winter Feast. December 14-31 2015
Bovey Tracey Contemporary craft fair. June 2016
Circa 21 May 2016
Circa 21 november 2016
Newlyn Art gallery March 2017
Cornwall Contemporary, Autumn Show, November 2017
Selvage magazine four page spread in the November issue. 2015
Little thing Magazine Six page spread in the November issue. 2015
Sew magazine article in the January issue. 2016
Embroidery magazine. 2016