Linda Sadler MSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Linda
Linda is a designer/maker who works mainly with textiles. She spent over 30 years working in education but always making when she had time. When she retired she concentrated on the making and graduated from Norwich University of the Arts with a degree in Textiles in 2011.
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Linda is inspired by the forms and textures found in nature, and she is particularly interested in upscaling small details which can be used as a repeat pattern.

Her work depends heavily on processes, the combination of which are her own and evolved during her time at University. The processes are: photography and drawing, machine knitting, felting, de-constructing the fabric and re-constructing by stitching the pieces together again. She is fascinated by the endless possibilities of de-construction and re-construction to make different work.

She always starts her work with a design plan but this often instinctively changes as she stitches the work together during the final process.

She always uses wool yarn and tops to make her work so her materials are sustainable. The sound-proofing qualities of wool led her to design and make acoustic panels for use in a domestic setting or in offices, restaurants and libraries. Of course her larger works can be used purely as contemporary wall art.

As well as large pieces, she makes fashion accessories such as scarves and jewellery which are light and comfortable to wear.

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2006-2008 Access to Art and Design (Distinction)

2008-2011 BA Hons Textiles (2:1) Norwich University of the Arts

2011 Degree Show Norwich University of the Arts (Principal's Commendation)

2011 New Designers

2011 Finalist, UKHKA Knitted Textile Awards (exhibited at Knitting and Stitching Show)

2011 Crafts Council Award for Innovation

2011 Licentiate member of Society of Designer Craftsmen

2013 Society of Designer Craftsmen exhibition

2015 Finalist Port Eliot Festival competition, entry exhibited at Fortnum and Mason

2015 Commendation in two sections, Bradford Textile Awards

2017 Cley 17 'Connectivity', exhibition in North Norfolk

2017 Member of Society of Designer Craftsmen

2017 Guild of Machine Knitters Silver Cup for Creativity

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