Consuelo Simpson MSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Consuelo
Consuelo Simpson is a multi-disciplinary artist working in 2 and 3D, often using craft techniques. There is a somatic and mental engagement with the making of the work. The maker enjoys the dialogue with the materials as the work progresses. Working intuitively, Consuelo responds to what is happening in front of her, to the weight and texture of the materials in her hands. The focus is on the process of making as a way of understanding, as thinking takes place alongside making, hands and body responding to the materials.
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Consuelo Simpson’s practice questions a sense of place. The artist’s materials of choice are frequently modest and unmonumental, referencing the landscape and husbandry of the land over which she walks. The materials often suggest forms in response to recurring themes and ideas borne from observation and enquiry. Working with an instinctive process of investigation, Consuelo explores structures and textures in search of a relevant visual vocabulary. She constructs and fashions by hand, frequently using age old methods such as basketry, sewing and weaving techniques. The character of the materials and the methods of construction suggest connections with those who have left their mark on the land and whose history we continue to write.

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2019 MA, UCA Farnham (distinction)

2014-2016 University of Chichester, BA (Hons) Fine Art (first)

1977-1981 University of Surrey, BSc (Hons) Linguistics & International Relations

Selected Exhibitions

Aug-Sept 2020 Into the Light Society of Designer Craftsmen, Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester

October 2019 Fragility, RBSA gallery, Birmingham

October 2019 Society of Designer Craftsmen (North Surrey Branch), Robert Phillips Gallery, Walton on Thames

Aug-October 2019 Fading of the Light, Leith Hill Place, (National Trust), Dorking

March 2019 Printmaker’s Exhibition, Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester

Oct-Dec 2018 Colour Notes, Farfield Mill, Sedbergh and Knitting & Stitching Shows (London, Dublin, Harrogate)

June-Oct 2018 Landline, Heathland Artworks, Farnham Heath

2018 Invited artist, Espacio Gallery, London (Rooftop Collective)

2017 RBSA Gallery, Birmingham (Prism Textiles)

2017 Knitting and Stitching Shows, London, Dublin, Harrogate (Studio 21)

2016 Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, Platform2016

2016 SITselect Festival, Lansdown Gallery, Stroud (Studio 21)

2016 Hoxton Arches, London (Prism Textiles)

2015 Winchester City Museum, 10daysWinchester, interdisciplinary contemporary arts platform

2014 Mall Galleries, The Mall, London (Prism Textiles)

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