Christine Spencer MSDC
Stitched & Constructed Textiles
After a career as a Calligrapher and Illuminator, textiles stole Chris’s heart. Having explored a variety of textile techniques her current practice is to use hand embroidery and fibre.
Chris holds City and Guilds, NCFE and ‘A’ level qualifications in Embroidery and design and in 2011 achieved a BA(Hons) degree from Middlesex University, London in Embroidery. After holding Licentiate status she was awarded full membership of the Society of Designer Craftsmen in 2016.
In 2001 she founded and still leads the exhibiting group The Material Girls (UK) and in 2008 she founded the Eastern Region Textile Forum.
Chris has taught both Calligraphy and Textile art for over 30 years and is a qualified Further and Higher Education lecturer. She exhibits and curates extensively and since 2014 has been working as a creative partner with the National Trust, Rainham Hall which is leading her work in new and exciting directions.
2011 BA(Hons) Embroidered Textiles JCS/Univerity of Middlesex
2005 C&G Embroidery pt.1 School of Stitched Textiles,Lancs
2001 C&G Creative Skills. H.C.A.E, Havering, Essex
2000 NCFE Cert. in Art and Design Havering FE College
2000 GCE ‘A’ level Fashion and textiles. Havering FE College
1991. LSERAC st. 1 & 2 Adult Teaching Cert. Havering FE College
1990 C&G Further and Adult Teaching Cert. pts 1&2 Havering FE College
Selected Recent Exhibitions
2018 ‘Five’ Alchemy Gallery, Billericay
2017 Environment Essex Loughton Art Centre, Essex
2017 Goodnight Children Everywhere NT Rainham Hall, Essex
2017 Environment Essex Essex Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre
2017 ‘With the Compliments of Captain John Harle’ Rainham Hall
2016 British Birds EssexWildlife Trust
2016 Past Present Future , solo exhibition Barleylands Craft Village
2016 Studio in Action NT Rainham Hall, Essex
2015 ‘With the Compliments of Captain John Harle, NT Rainham Hall
2015 The Shop within the Show - 25 x 25 SDC, Mall Galleries, London
2014 Tales and Textiles Gallery 50, Essex
2014 Bridging Waters Gallery on 3rd, Wattrous, Canada
2014 Tales and Textiles Textiles in Focus, Cambridgeshire
2014 Bridging Waters Frazee Gallery, St.Johns, Canada
2013 Bridging Waters The Cre8ery Gallery, Winnipeg,Canada
2013 Bridging Waters The Arts Centre @Tulista Park, BC, Canada
2013 Seeking Artemis the Crypt Gallery , St. Pancras, London
2012 Bridging Waters Maeldune Heritage Centre, Essex
2011 Primarily Colour. Jersey Textile Showcase
2011 Coming Through The Gallery in Redchurch Street, London
Christine’s work is stocked in the shop at Fairkytes Arts Centre and has commissioned pieces held in private and public collections including CBHC Accts., Colliston Castle, Arbroath, the Warner Archive and the National Trust.