Edna Thearle MSDC
As a designer-maker she has used photography to capture the textures and colours inspired by the natural environment, art and architecture, that she then records in her sketchbook - using drawings, paint and collage, to transform into designs for textiles.
Her developing practice has been informed by natural, undyed yarns, silk, mohair, wool, and linen. She mixes alternative warp and weft yarns to create new textures and one-off wearable accessories, scarves and wraps that suit individual taste.
Emerging work is inspired by Japanese shibori and tie-dyeing techniques, combined with natural dyeing skills learned at UCA. The results of depth of colour, determined by dip and resistance to dye, are both unpredictable and interminable, and present new challenges for the design and processes of hand-weaving and stitched textiles.
Edna achieved her MA Art History and Curating with Merit at Liverpool Hope University in 2015, studying art history and museology from 1848 to the present. She supports her local Atkinson Gallery with research for exhibitions, archiving costume and textile collections, helps hang exhibitions, and also has a keen interest in hanging in alternative spaces.
2017 Continuing Education, Liverpool University, Liverpool Pottery
2015 MA Art History and Curating (from 1848) with Merit, Liverpool Hope University
2012 BA Hons Textiles for Fashion and Interiors (Specialising in Weave), University of the Creative Arts, Farnham
2009 Certificate of HE in Stitched Textiles, East Berks College, Buckinghamshire
1990-2003 City & Guilds Fashion, Hand and Machine Embroidery, and Adult Education Teaching Certificates
2018 Society of Designer Craftsmen, Hand of the Maker – Celebrating 130 Years, Chelsea, 12-21 July
2018 Art in Windows Liverpool 8 April-7 May
2017 Knowsley Flower Festival, Merseyside
2017 The Sefton Open at the Atkinson Gallery
2017 The Atkinson Gallery - Presentation - Ann Sutton -Weaver - First Ladies Exhibition
2016 Partia Aintree NHS Hospital, Liverpool
2015 The Sefton Open at The Atkinson Gallery, Southport
2014 Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Gallery, London
2013 New Designers
Full Member of Society of Designer Craftsmen
Member of the Textile Society
Member of a-n
Member of Art in Windows