Meet this year’s panel of judges for the Vlieseline Fine Art Textiles Award. Each judge has made their own mark in the textile world.

 

Diana Harrison MA RCA
Textile Artist and Maker; Lecturer in Textiles University for the Creative Arts, Farnham

Diana Harrison is a Textile Artist and Maker. She is also a lecturer in textiles at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham.
Work progresses from a long and sustained interest in textiles, the making and development of ideas, through materials and experience. I have explored textiles from embroidery to the practical quilt and now to installation and exhibition of larger works, continually questioning and discovering different aspects of cloth, dyes and stitch within a distinctive and personal aesthetic.
Work has been widely exhibited internationally and pieces are held in several public collections including the V&A Museum London, IQSC University of Nebraska, USA, Crafts Council London, The Quilters Guild UK, Crafts Study Centre, UCA Farnham.

 

Jan Beaney: Textile Artist, Lecturer, Author

Jan was born in London, England. She trained as a painter and lithographer before falling in love with textile art. Her work has been exhibited and sold in the UK, USA, Australia, Germany, Israel, Japan and many other parts of the world. In addition to producing her own works, Jan has become one of the best known teachers of textile art. She has held workshops in the UK, across Europe, in the USA and Canada, and in Australia and New Zealand.
Early on in her career, she wrote a number of books introducing children to the world of textiles and collage. Following that she produced adult books, some co-authored with Jean Littlejohn. She presented her own ten part series on Embroidery for the BBC. In 1997, Jan co-founded Double Trouble Enterprises with Jean. This small company was formed to publish books and promote further interest in embroidery and allied subjects.
Their aim is to give students the confidence to design and create their own unique work through a series of books and DVDs. In fact they have published 29 books and 4 DVDs.
Jan, along with Jean, was the Joint President and is an Honorary Member of the Embroiderers’ Guild. She is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and is the longest serving and Honorary Member of the 62 Group having joined in 1963.

 

Jean Littlejohn: Textile Artist, Lecturer, Author

Jean was born in Maidenhead, England. She trained as a teacher, specialising in Art and Textiles. Her work has been exhibited and sold in the UK, USA, Australia, Germany, Israel, Japan and many other parts of the world.
Jean has become one of the best-known teachers of textile art and has held workshops in the UK, across Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Her first book related to Smocking but that was by no means a limiting technique. She is one of the foremost users of the needle punch machine in modern textile art. In 1997, Jean co-founded Double Trouble Enterprises with Jan Beaney. This company was formed to publish books and promote further interest in embroidery and allied subjects. Their aim is to give students the confidence to design and create their own unique work. They have published 29 books and 4 DVDs.
Jean, along with Jan, was the Joint President and Honorary Member of the Embroiderers’ Guild. She is a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and a member of the 62 Group.

 

Alice Kettle: Artist and Professor of Arts
Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist based in the UK and has established an internationally regarded unique area of practice. Her stitched works, many the size of huge figurative tapestries, exploit the textures and effects made possible through the harnessing of a mechanical process to intuitive, conceptual and creative ends. Alice is currently Professor in Textile Arts at Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University. She is also Visiting Professor at the University of Winchester and Chair of the Embroiderers Guild. Her work is represented in various public collections including the Crafts Council London, the Whitworth in Manchester, Museo Internationale delle Arti Applicate Oggi, Turin, Italy, Museum of Decorative Art and Design, Riga, Latvia. Commissions include the National Library of Australia, The Scottish High Court in Edinburgh, Gloucester and Winchester Cathedrals, Winchester Discovery Centre, Lloyd’s Register and the School of Music & Drama at Manchester University. Her major exhibition Thread Bearing Witness was at the Whitworth Sept 2018 – April 2019. She has co authored Hand Stitch Perspectives, Machine Stitch Perspectives, Collaboration through Craft, The Erotic Cloth with Bloomsbury and Making Stories Ibook with Electricimprint. www.alicekettle.co.uk

 

Lesley Millar: Director, International Textile Research Centre, University for the Creative Arts

The Professor Lesley Millar, Director of the International Textile Research Centre at the University for the Creative Arts, ran her weave studio for 20 years before becoming a curator specialising in textiles. Since 1996 she has been responsible for many international textile exhibitions including ‘Textural Space’ (2001), ‘21:21 – Reiko Sudo and NUNO’ (2005-7), ‘Cloth & Culture NOW’ (2008), ‘Lost in Lace’ (2011), ‘Cloth & Memory {2}’ (2013), and most recently ‘Weaving New Worlds’ (2018). She writes regularly about textile practice including co-editing, with Alice Kettle, the book ‘Erotic Cloth’ for Bloomsbury Academic (2018). In 2008 she received the Japan Society Award for significant contribution to Anglo-Japanese relationships and in 2011 was appointed MBE for her contribution to Higher Education.

 

 

June Hill: Independent Curator/Writer
The former curatorial adviser to the Quilter’s Guild, June has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary textiles including a series for Ruthin Craft Centre that have featured the work of Michael Brennand-Wood, Rozanne Hawksley, Audrey Walker and Primmy Chorley. She has extensive experience of curating historic and contemporary textiles having worked as a collections curator at Calderdale Museums and Arts (1974-2005) where she also led a programme of contemporary commissioning. She is a regular contributor to Embroidery magazine and has written monographs on Beryl Dean, Diana Springall, Jilly Edwards and Pauline Burbidge. In recent years, June has also worked with Claire Barber on the development of socially engaged projects such as The Sleeping Bag Project and Blue Plaques of Intangible Experience.