Elizabeth Saunders MSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Elizabeth
Elizabeth is an experienced artist working with a variety of textiles and mixed media. She has exhibited her work within galleries and continues to be influenced by historic and contemporary art within these settings. She finds motivating other people about textiles exciting and rewarding. Her work is inspired by a narrative of her own memories and journeys through life. The expression of imagination, fragility, motivation, experience and determination unfold within her work aiming to make the invisible memories-visible. Reference: Goett, S. (2008) The more art, the more science: narrative
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Elizabeth has stitched from a very early age, creating costumes for dolls, learning to knit and crochet and create her own garments. Stitch has always been an exciting element in her life.

Following a successful 32 year Nursing career, Elizabeth had to retire early due to ill health. It took several years to gain her strength after which she undertook a Textile Art Degree and MA in Textile Design which has enabled her to have a rich retirement in sharing her skills.

Elizabeth is an experienced artist working with a variety of textiles and mixed media. She has exhibited her work within galleries and continues to be influenced by historic and contemporary art within these settings. She finds motivating other individuals about textiles exciting and rewarding.

Elizabeth uses paint, print and stitch within her work. This may be by hand or machine. Free machine drawing with a needle. She always aims to develop new concepts, experimenting with mixed media in the creation of new textile art.

The Gathering Memories Project has been a very successful Worldwide Project beginning from one of Elizabeth's final degree pieces of work. Elizabeth has been the Chairperson of this project full information can be read at www.gatheringmemoriesuk.wordpress.com

Elizabeth is Co-Founder and Chairperson of the exhibiting textile/mixed media group, Visual Marks.

Elizabeth is available for talks and workshops. mcbethhe@aol.com

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Textile Qualifications

2012 MA Textile Design Winchester School of Art

Oct 2009-Jul 2011 B.A.(Hons) Textiles, Fashion and Fibre- Textile Art.

Winchester School of Art. Southampton University.

2009 – 2010 Museums and Galleries part of BA (Hons)

Winchester School of Art, Southampton University.

1998 MA (Ed) University of Southampton

1994 Certificate in Education (FE) Teaching Qualification.

1994 Batchelor of Nursing Studies(Hons)

1992 Diploma of Nursing Studies

1980 State Registered Nurse

1975 State Enrolled Nurse & Orthopaedic Nursing Diploma.


Society of Designer Craftsmen Full Member

Wessex Guild of Craftsmen

Visual Marks Textile Exhibiting Group

Txstyle 10 Group

Chandlers Ford Art Group

Co-Founder Member and Chairperson, of Visual Marks Exhibiting Textile Group.


2019 Hilliers Arboretum with the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen Exhibition

2019 Hilliers Arboretum with Chandlers Ford Art Group 50th Anniversary Exhibition

2018 'Artist's Collective Exhibition d.@rt Centre, Hedge End, Southampton.

2018 Hampshire Open Studios with the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen

2018 Hilliers Arboretum with the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen

2017 Gathering Memories Project www.gatheringmemoriesuk.wordpr... Oxmarket Art Gallery with Visual Marks 'Passions'

2018 Hanger Farm with Visual Marks

2018 OXO Gallery, London, The Brain Injury A Letter In Mind 'A Way With Colour'

2017 OXmarket Art Gallery, Chichester, With Visual Marks 'Crossing Boundaries'

2017 Gathering Memories Project www.gatheringmemoriesuk.wordpr... OXO Gallery, London, The Brain Injury A Letter In Mind ' A Sense of Place'

2017 Hampshire Open Studios with the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen

2017 Inspired by the 'Hillside Chalk Drawings' Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester.

2016 OXO Gallery, London, The Brain Injury A Letter In Mind 'A View On Nature'

2016 Hampshire Open Studios with the Wessex Guild of Craftsmen

2016 Gathering Memories Project www.gatheringmemoriesuk.wordpr... 'Artist's Collective Exhibition d.@rt Centre, Hedge End, Southampton.

2016 'Crossing Boundaries' Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester.

2016 'Fabric'- A Celebration of Textiles' Ascroft Arts Centre, Fareham.

2016 Inspired by the 'Hillside Chalk Drawings d.@rt Centre, Hedge End, Southampton.

2016 The Point 20th Birthday Celebration. Commission.

2016 Haskins Garden Centre, Art Exhibition West End.

2016 The Secret art Show, Raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis Trust

2016 Inspired by the ‘Hillside Chalk Drawings’. Whitchurch Silk Mill.

2016 Visual Marks ‘Tides of Change’ (2)D’@rt Centre, Hedge End.

2015 Inspired by the ‘Hillside Chalk Drawings’ C.Ford Library

2015 Visual Marks ‘Tides of Change’ National Needlework Archive

2015 Hampshire Artists with Chandlers Ford Art Group

2015 OXO Gallery, London, The Brain Injury A Letter In Mind 'The Art of A Journey'

2015 250 Years to celebrate HMS Victory. Submitted two 6”x 6″ Squares

2015 Haskins Garden Centre, Art Exhibition West End.

2015 ‘Connexions’ with Visual Marks at The Oxmarket Art Gallery

2015 ICHF Embroidery and Fashion show Solo exhibition at the NEC

2015 ‘Awakening’ exhibition at Oxmarket Art Gallery, Chichester.

2015 CAKE 'Femininity' Exhibition at Southampton Art Gallery

2015 Society of Designer Crafts at the Mall Galleries 25 Years Celebration

2014 Visual Marks ‘Fabric of the Farm’ by Manor Farm’ Bursledon, Hampshire.

2014 OXO Gallery, London, The Brain Injury ‘A Letter In Mind’

2014 The Wooded Way’ S.M.H and Blackberrying’ Poetry in Stitches

Sylvia Plath collaboration with Visual Marks. National Needlework Archive

2014 Hampshire Artists with Chandlers Ford Art Group.

2014 Haskins Art Exhibition, West End, Southampton.

2013 10 Days Winchester Cathedral ‘Colours of Grief’ in the Epiphany Chapel.

2013 10 Days Zero 12 Group ‘Collisions’ Woven Structure

Theatre Royal Winchester

2013 ‘Editions of 10’ Badger Press linked with10 days Winchester

2013 Sheffield International Artist Book Fair Three Entries.

2013 – 2014 Gathered Memories’ Project at the Theatre Royal, Winchester

Gathered Memories Touring Exhibition to:-

Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham, Hampshire.

National Needlework Arhive, Greenham Common

Fashion & Embroidery Show NEC, Birmingham

Fashion & Embroidery Show Excel, London

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