Alexandra Duncan MSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Alexandra
Alex is fascinated by the possibilities provided by the infinite range of materials available to the contemporary artist, and loves experimenting with new materials. She likes working with natural fibres and colours, based on hand stitching. Her work is usually inspired by nature, particularly the sea, rivers and waterfalls. However she also enjoys the process of tackling an abstract idea and working through it to develop a visual approach
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Alex came to embroidery by way of upholstery and furniture restoration, which led her to make stitched seat covers to fit to old chairs. She then discovered a passionate interest in designing. The City & Guilds course introduced her to the huge possibilities of techniques like dyeing, manipulating, burning etc., as well as stitching and using a mixture of media. Studying for the Diploma at Windsor she discovered art and began to relate art to stitching.


To help to develop her artistic skills she has taken painting, drawing and life drawing classes, and a continuing advanced design class.


Although inspired by nature, she is also fascinated by the possibilities of trying out new materials. This experimentation is what she finds the most interesting part of the artistic process.

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Exhibitions

2018 The Maker’s art, North Surrey Group of Society of Designer Craftsmen The Lightbox Art Fund Gallery, Surrey: Transient, Prism Textiles Hoxton Arches Gallery, London


2017 The Makers’ Art 2017, N S Group of Society of Designer Craftsmen, Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey: Another View, Prism, The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Gallery, Birmingham, and Hoxton Arches, London


2016 Strata – a Stitched excavation, Phoenix Contemporary Textile Group, Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey: Threads of Meaning, Wey Valley Workshop, Guildford House, Guildford, Surrey: The Maker’s Art, SDC North Surrey Group, Guildford House, Guildford: Fracture, Prism, Hoxton Arches Gallery, London.


2015 Lines of Communication, Prism, Hoxton Arches, London: The Maker’s Art,. SDC North Surrey Group, Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey: Ramster Embroidery Exhibition, Chiddingfold, Surrey


2014 Coded – Decoded, Prism, Mall Galleries, London, & Knit and Stitch: Structure, Surface, Stitch, Wey Valley Workshop, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berkshire: Threads of Conversation, Phoenix contemporary Textile group, Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey


2013….‘Liminal’, Prism – Mall Galleries, London

2012… ‘4×4’ – Menier Gallery, London

2012… Prism exhibition ‘Hidden places hidden spaces’, Mall Galleries, London

2011…‘Drawn to Light’, Moths – Runnymede Gallery, Old Windsor, Berkshire

2011…Society of Designer Craftsmen – Mall Galleries, London

2010…Diploma Final Exhibition – East Berkshire College, Windsor, Berkshire


Qualifications

2010 H.E. Diploma in Stitched Textiles, Windsor, Berkshire, with Distinction

2004/6 … City & Guilds Creative Embroidery Parts 1 & 2 – Richmond Community College,

Diplôme Supérieur d’Etudes Francaises, French and African Studies, Université De Côte d’Ivoire 1990

Degree in Philosophy and Moral Philosophy, University of Edinburgh 1969

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