Arlene Shawcross MSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Arlene
Arlene is a textile artist and teacher of many years' experience. Much of her work is inspired by her love of roses and music. This stems from her childhood in Cheshire where she grew up in a musical family where the garden overflowed with roses. Arlene is a pianist as well as a textile artist and the music she plays often becomes inspiration for her textile pieces. Her own observational drawings of roses also form a basis for her work and Arlene aims to capture their beauty, their strength and also their delicacy.
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Arlene enjoys creating beautiful pieces of textile art to wear or to decorate the home. Her lively colourful pieces are inspired by her love of music and flowers, particularly roses. Her pieces combine a rich use of colour and intricate design. She exhibits frequently in England and Ireland and in 2013 was invited to exhibit in St. Johns in Newfoundland.

Her work is held in private collections in England, Ireland and the USA and in public collections in Ireland.

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Diploma in Stitched Textiles with distinction - East Berkshire College, Windsor

City and Guilds Embroidery - Fareham College

Certificate in Education - Bath Spa University

Recent Invited and Selected Exhibitions:


Colourworkers, "Vivid", Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester

Winchester Embroiderers' Guild, "Following the Thread",Discovery Centre, Winchester


The Society for Embroidered Work, "Stitched Art is Art", Clerkenwell Gallery, London

Cork Textiles Network, "Fashioned from Nature", Alliance Fancaise, Cork

New Embroidery Group, "Colour", Sunbury Embroidery Gallery


Society of Designer Craftsmen, "Hand of the Maker" - Shop in the Show, Chelsea College of Art, London

Cork Textiles Network, Knitting and Stitching Show, London, Dublin and Harrogate


Cork Textiles Network at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin

New Embroidery Group at the Knitting and Stitching Show, London

" Home" exhibition, Kinsale, Cork, Ireland

Rums Eg Gallery, Romsey, " Life's Rich Tapestry"


Cork Textiles Network"Rewind" at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin

Cork Textiles Network "Play" at the Wandesford Gallery, Cork

Rums Eg Gallery, Romsey, Summer Exhibition


Designer Crafts at Christmas, Mall Galleries, London

Cork Textiles Network at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin

Cork Craft and Design "Time", Kinsale, Cork, Ireland

25/25 at Designer Crafts, Mall Galleries, London


Cork Textiles Network at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin


Cork Textiles Network at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Dublin

"The Ireland Newfoundland Trail - a Journey of Plants and People", Crafts Council of

Newfoundland and Labrador, St. Johns, Newfoundland


"Unravelled", 20/20 Gallery, Cork

"The Ireland Newfoundland Trail" , Garter Lane Gallery, Waterford, Ireland

RDS Dublin


RDS Dublin and the Irish National Horse Show

"Now and Then", Macroom, Ireland

Recent Commissions, Prizes and Publications:

2016: Article for Workshop on the Web

2011: The Mairin O'Brien Flegg Memorial Award for contemporary embroidery awarded by Royal Dublin Society

2010: Commission for the Mater Private Hospital, Cork

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