About The Artist

 

Welcome

My portfolio is a place full of images and the thoughts behind my work.

I publish my work here, keep you up to date with the latest news and you can contact me with any inquiries, ideas or commissions.

 

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I’m Amy George, an artist passionate about textiles who is determined to live a life full of creativity. I create work full of tactile language and spend any free moment sewing my own wardrobe and methodically knitting.

From a toddler, I have always been committed to making with my hands. Every morning at preschool I went to the craft table, excited to draw, paint, glue and stick, apart from the one morning when I decided on the playdoh table instead. Aged five I begged my Mum to teach me to sew, and very soon was on the sewing machine, she taught me to use sewing patterns and then read knitting patterns.Things started to fall into place when I decided to print my own fabric when doing my A-Level textiles and I became frustrated at the lack of quality fabric in my small city on the South Coast of England.

It became only natural to study textile design for my degree where I fell for textiles hard. After searching for more meaning when I was designing textiles I decided on studying textile arts at Masters level and finally found a way to use material as a means of communication and found that material and process could become metaphors. It feels like a role I was born to do.

 

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I am here to help you discover the significance of textiles in our lives, experience the textural richness of a life full of tangible awareness. Everything I create is full of the belief that art is an integral part of our existence.

 

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It has undoubtedly been part of my life, even more so now that I am married to an artist and art teacher husband and we took the leap to live in China. True creativity is made from risk-taking and from this position I can say that our normal everyday lives are changed from one big culture leap to the next. Learning about a new culture and a new language provides us with an unending source of inspiration. Inspiration that becomes exciting pieces to share with you.

 

If you like what you’ve read and it’s triggered any ideas or questions you would like to talk to me about, contact me here and I’ll be happy to get back to you.

 

 

 

Professional Biography

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Amy George has been recognised with excellence awards from the National Open Art Competition, the Textile Society, Lawrence Atwell’s Charity and from the Edward James foundation. She has a first class textiles degree from the University for the Creative Arts and a visual arts Masters with distinction from the University of Sussex. Her work has been published as an inclusion in the anthology of textile art “Textiles: The Art of Mankind” by Mary Schoeser, Thames and Hudson 2012 and has exhibited work across the UK. Her mission is to create art by using textiles as a language of meaning and engage our universal knowledge of material as a means of communication.

 

Artist Biography: Amy George

Born 1989, UK

Currently lives and works in China

 

Education:

West Dean College, Sussex University- MA Visual Arts (Distinction) 2013

West Dean College- Postgraduate Diploma 2012

University for the Creative Arts at Farnham- BA (Hons) Textiles for Fashion and Interiors (First Class) 2011

 

Professional Development:

Red Gate Residency, Beijing China 2016

A month long residency in a live work space, culminating in a series of work shown and sold at “Thread” U.K 2016.

Summer School, Subtraction Erasure and Conjecture, West Dean College 2012

Undertook a period of study with Michael Brennand-Wood in order to develop key themes and concepts in relation to my own practice.

 

Awards:

Lawrence Atwell’s Charity

Textile Society MA Bursary

Edward James Foundation Scholarship

First Prize Young Artist Winner, The National Open Art Competition

 

Publications:

Textiles: The Art of Mankind, Mary Schoeser, Thames and Hudson 2012

Article: MA Student Award 2012, Text: For the Study of Textile Art, Design and History. Volume 41: 2013-14

 

Exhibitions:

Festival of Crafts, Farnham Maltings Oct 2016

Solo stand of current studio work for sale

Thread: A Festival of Textiles, Farnham Maltings Sept 2016

Solo stand of current studio work for sale

Structure. Neo Gallery, Bolton, April-May 2016

Group show of members of the Eleven Textile Group

Christmas Fair, Farnham Maltings, Dec 2015

Solo stand of current studio work for sale

Thread: A Festival of Textiles, Farnham Maltings, 2014

Solo stand of current studio work for sale

Chichester Open Studios Art Trail, 2014

Solo show of current studio work

Preview Exhibition, Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester 2014

An exhibition with works from the artists in the Chichester Open Studios Art Trail

Four//Forefront. Upstairs Gallery, Berkhamsted 2014

Group show of selected members of the Textile Bursary Group

Recycled. Cloudhopper Gallery, Bognor Regis 2014

Group show of selected artists submissions using recycled materials

Manchester Antique Textile Fair, 2014

Exhibition and sale of textile design products

Knitting and Stitching Show, Harrogate 2013

Group show of selected members of the Textile Bursary Group

Line and Form, West Dean 2013

Group show of current students and alumni of West Dean

Textile Society Conference and AGM, Wellcome Collection Conference Centre London 2012

Group show of the Textile Bursary Group

Truman Brewery Gallery, London 2012

Group show as part of the Free Range exhibition

West Dean College 2012

West Dean College Visual Arts end of year show

Textile Society ATF, Manchester 2012

Group show of the textile bursary award finalists

New Designers, Business Design Centre London 2011

Group show as part of UCA graduates

UCA Farnham Degree Show 2011

University for the Creative Arts at Farnham commencement exhibition

Chichester Open Studios Art Trail 2010

Solo show of current studio work

The Studio, Pallant House Gallery Chichester 2009

Group show of staff members artwork

The Arts Club London 2007

Group show of National Open Art prize winner

The National Open Art Competition, Chichester 2005- 2007

Selected for exhibition