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helen hadley


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Working with textiles had always interested Helen. She picked up a needle at a very early age, constructed and made her own clothes as a teenager and later for her children. Creative activities took a back seat while raising the family and earning a living as a teacher and primary head teacher. Once retired, textiles came to the fore again and she took City and Guilds courses in both creative and machine embroidery.

Textiles and mixed media form the basis of her work. Her fabrics are painted and dyed before building up the layered textures needed for the project in hand. The surface is enhanced with, threads, beads and wire using both hand and machine stitching. Her travels provide inspiration for some of her work, at other times it is the texture, feel and movement of a fabric that leads her on to explore its potential. .

qualifications


2003 ... City & Guilds - Machine Embroidery Part 1
1993/98 ... City & Guilds - Creative Embroidery Parts 1 & 2
1983 ... M.A in Language & Literacy - Southampton University
1975 ... Diploma in Education - London
1951 ... Teaching Certificate - London

membership


Embroiderers' Guild (Kingston Branch)
Phoenix Contemporary Textile Group (PCTG)

exhibitions


2015 ... 'Carry on Stitching' – Kingston Museum Art Gallery
2014 ... 'Threads of Conversation' – Riverhouse Barn, Walton-on-Thames
2013 ... Embroiderers' Guild – Kingston Museum
2012 ... 'Between Cloth and a Hard Place', 4 x 4 - Menier Gallery, London
2009 ... ‘Concrete, Steel, Cloth’, PCTG – Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
2009 ... Art into Business – on the web
2009 ... Beverley Hills Gallery – California, USA
2009 ... 1215 Gallery – Windsor, Berkshire
2009 ... ‘Embroidery at Ramster’ – Ramster, nr. Chiddingfold, Surrey
2008/9 ... Weybridge Society of Art – Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge, Surrey
2005-9 ... Windsor Street Gallery – Chertsey, Surrey
2008 ... Red Street Gallery – Brixham, Devon
2002/4/6/8... Treston Holmes Gallery – Kilve, Somerset
2005/8 ... ‘4 x 4’ – Menier Gallery, London
2008/9 ... Craftspace – Riverhouse Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
2007 ... ‘Women by Women’, PCTG – Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
2003 ... ‘Fragments’, PCTG – Kingston Museum Art Gallery, Surrey
2002 ... ‘4 x 4’ (touring) – Mall Galleries, London / Knitting & Stitching Show, London & Harrogate /
Madeira Show, Harrogate
2000 ... ‘Structures & Constructions’, PCTG – Kingston Museum Art Gallery, Surrey

commissions


Hangings and framed work for individual clients

contact


Email:  hfhadley@googlemail.com