Samantha Harvey MSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Samantha
Sam makes sculptures, drawings and collages, predominantly by stitching and manipulating mixed media. The unexpected diversity, beauty and quirkiness of the World, particularly the fragile under-water gardens found at the edge of the sea are the main source of inspiration. Their colour, movement and incredible shapes fascinate and inspire Sam. The tactile act of construction informs all her pieces as does the unexpected juxtaposition of ordinary materials with traditional processes.
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Central to Sam's work is the haptic experience of combining materials for their contrast and contradiction. Through the unexpected juxtaposition of ordinary materials with traditional processes it is hoped that the viewer is drawn in for a double take. Research through looking, drawing and reading informs her imagination, enabling Sam to work organically: constructing as a response to the materials she picks up.

Sam's environment is a vital part of her practice; she is constantly adding to her visual and textural lexicon. The bold colour, shape and texture of banksia, gum blossom and protea from her childhood home in Melbourne, Australia are apparent in many of her pieces. Diving introduced her to a more diverse, quirky beauty particularly in fragile coral gardens. And, although less exotic, her current home of urban London is full of natural and man-made inspiration, as well as bits and pieces which can be incorporated into her work.

An important footnote to her environmental influences are the children she teaches to make, stitch and draw in weekly after school clubs and workshops. She teaches these boys and girls to create an idea they have in their heads – most of which are highly ambitious, many are bonkers and quite a few are not something she would have thought of doing. The colours, thoughts and materials which the boys and girls use, as well as their attitude, give her practice a crucial vitality.

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Sam makes sculptures, drawings and collages, predominantly by stitching and manipulating mixed media. She also teaches children and, less frequently, adults how to develop and create their ideas usually, but not always, using stitch.

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

See www.samantha-harvey.com/exhibi... for exhibition dates

QUALIFICATIONS

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Art Room Practice, Bath Spa University, 2015

HE Diploma Stitched Textiles with distinction, East Berkshire College, Windsor, validated by Bucks New University, 2006-09.

Foundation in Art and Design with distinction, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, 2005/06

City and Guilds Certificate in Machine Embroidery, 2004/05

Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Geography, sub-majors in English Literature and History of Art, University of Melbourne, 1983-1987

MEMBERSHIPS

Studio 21 – www.studio21textileart.co.uk

Society of Designer Craftsmen, Member — www.societyofdesignercraftsmen...

Society of Designer Craftsmen, North Surrey Group — www.northsurreysdc.co.uk/membe...

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