Sue Stone FSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Sue
Sue Stone is a British artist based in Grimsby, who is best known for figurative, textural compositions that often feature a fish; a symbol of her heritage. Her work, which has an emphasis on hand embroidery often combined with machine stitch, appliqué and paint, has been exhibited widely in the Uk and Europe, and in Japan, Pakistan and the USA. As an experienced speaker and teacher Sue has delivered workshops to groups throughout the UK and in France, the USA and Canada. Sue has also devised and teaches courses to students worldwide in conjunction with
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Sue Stone’s work is inspired by people, place and time. Her ideas are drawn from anywhere and everywhere; the seen, the heard, the experienced, her life observations and her Grimsby heritage.

Her practice is made up from several elements: documenting, processing, making, exhibiting, teaching, speaking. The embroidered work is often made in series. The Grimsby fishing industry, street art and graffiti, the family album, and most recently social history and collected memories have all played their part in inspiring these ongoing series of work.

Starting life on computer screen multiple images of people, place and time often interact with each other. The resulting compositions create the allusion of a journey through life. The techniques used during the making process are simple and straightforward. A deliberately limited vocabulary of hand embroidery stitches, is often combined with machine stitch, appliqué, sampling, and acrylic paint.

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Education / Qualifications

1973/75 Goldsmiths College, University of London, B. A. Hons (Textiles/ Embroidery) 1st Class

1970/71 St Martins School of Art, (Fashion /Textiles)

1969/70 Grimsby School of Art, Foundation Course

Career History

2002-present Company Director - Anywear Ltd - Designer/ Artist / Maker

1975-2002 Company Director/ Head Designer - Anywear Ltd Designing/manufacturing and importing womenswear ( woven and knitted ) including in house individual one-off designs.


2013- 2018 - Chair of the 62 Group of Textile Artists

2012 - present - Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen (MSDC 2012/2014)

2008 - present - Exhibiting Member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists (also a member 1975/8)


2015 Textile Society Professional Development Bursary

2014 Craft & Design Magazine - Selected Maker Awards, Silver Award - Textiles

2011 Arts Council England /National Lottery Grants for the Arts award : 7 Strands Textile Symposium

7 Strands at the Minster Exhibition 16 June to 17 July 2011, Grimsby Minster, St James Square, Grimsby

Selected Recent / Future Exhibitions


Conversations - 15 January to 26 February - 62 Group - St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery
Lymington, Hampshire ,SO41 9BH

The Art of Embroidery - 22 February to 27 February - Broderers exhibition - Bankside Gallery, Thames Riverside, London SE1 9JH


British Textile Biennial - 1 Oct to 30 Nov - 62 Group - The Whitaker, Haslingden Rd, Rawtenstall, Rossendale BB4 6RE

Baltic Minitextiles exhibition touring Australia from 22 May 2021 to end 2022

Ain’t the Archies - 2 August to 12 September - Timeless Textiles, Newcastle NSW, Australia


Interwoven - to 1 March 2020 - EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland - invited artist

Ctrl/Shift - to 29 February - 62 Group exhibition, 20:21 Visual Arts, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, UK


Ctrl/Shift - 14 December to 29 February 2020 - 20:21 Visual Arts, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, UK

The Trunk Show - 15 November to 21 December 2019 - Owen James Gallery, Manhattan, New York, USA

SEW Society for Embroidered Work 12 - 17 November, Clerkenwell Gallery, London EC1 0DP

8th International Contemporary Textile Art Biennale WTA , Sustainable City, Madrid, Spain

The Invited Artists Salon, The Essence of textile, Centro Cultural Galileo 17 September to 3 November

Re-Tellings, solo exhibition, The Ropewalk, Barton upon Humber, UK - 14 September to 20 October

Interwoven - 5 June to 1 March 2020 - EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland - invited artist

11th Baltic Minitextiles - 8 March to 9 June - Museum of Gdynia, Poland

Ctrl/Shift - 2 February to 22 April - 62 Group exhibition, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, UK


Remember Me? - solo exhibition - 24 March - 15 July - Muriel Barker Gallery, Grimsby, N E Lincs

The 6th Riga International Textile and Fibre Art Triennial - 6 June – 9 September

Ctrl/Shift - 21 July to 9 September - 62 Group exhibition - MAC, Birmingham


People ; What are they like? Deda, Derby - Group exhibition - 2 November 2017 - 2 January 2018

What is Stitch? - 5th September to 15th October - The Sunbury Embroidery Gallery, Thames Street, Sunbury-On-Thames - Selected work from the Diana Springall collection

Festival of Quilts - NEC, Birmingham -10 -13 August - A Portrait - Group exhibition with Through Our Hands

Unknown People and other Stories - commissioned artist - 31 July - 30 September - Discovery Centre, Cleethorpes, N E Lincolnshire

Displaced - solo exhibition- invited artist - April 28 - May 28 - Owen James Gallery, Brooklyn, NYC, USA

Trait - Portrait - Manufacture Bohin - touring throughout France

Making Space - March/April - 62 Group - Knitting & Stitching show - Olympia, London & Edinburgh Royal Highland Centre

Unknown People - commissioned artist - 1 February - 28 February - Cleethorpes Library, N E Lincolnshire

The Thread Unraveled - 25 January - 15 February - Group exhibition - VM Art Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan


Intoxicating Textiles: Vibrant Colours, Bold Patterns - June - July - Mobilia Gallery, USA

Knitting & Stitching Shows - Do You Remember Me? invited Gallery Artist London, Dublin & Harrogate

Making Space -The 62 Group - Macclesfield Silk Museum 17 June to 3 September

People • Place • Time - Solo exhibition - 27 May - 10 July - Howden Park - Livingston, EH54 6AE, Scotland

Normandy Impressionist Festival 2016 - Trait - Portrait - April 16 to Sept 26 - Manufacture Bohin, France


Illustrative and Stitched Drawings - 28 November - 10 January 2016 , Customs House, South Shields, UK

New Textiles Transformed - 3 October - 7 November - Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Shifting Images - 8 September 2015 - 6 March 2016 Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby, N E Lincs, UK

62 Group • NOW! -17 March - 10 May Upfront Gallery Cumbria

Designer Crafts at the Mall - 8 January to 15 January, Mall Galleries, London


Ebb & Flow - Sept 9 - Nov 2 - the 62 Group - Grimsby Minster & Fishing Heritage Centre, Grimsby, UK

Contextile - 26 July to 11 October, 2014, Guimaraes, Portugal

Summer Exhibition - 6 June - Sept The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Beside the Sea - 12 April - 14 June - Bilston Craft gallery, Wolverhampton, UK


The British Textile exhibition - December - 62 Group, Koyo Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Small Talk - June/July - 62 Group exhibition, Constance Howard Gallery, Goldsmiths College, London

9th International Baltic Mini textiles exhibition - 28 June - 1 September - Museum of Gydnia, Poland

Stuff and Nonsense Solo exhibition - 9 May - 29 June - Gate Gallery, Grimsby, N E Lincs

Designer Crafts - 11 January - 20 January - Mall Galleries, London - Society of Designer Craftsmen


62 Group 50th anniversary exhibitions at Knitting & Stitching Shows • Alexandra Palace, Dublin, Harrogate, Farfield Mill • Cumbria, Holden Gallery • Manchester, Platt Hall, Manchester


The Rijswijk Textile Biennial 2011 - 7 June – 11 September - Museum Rijswijk, The Netherlands

7 Strands - 2 June - 23 July - work by 7 members of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, Gate Gallery, Grimsby

At a Tangent - 22 Jan - 10 April - 62 Group • Gallery Oldham - Oldham OL1 1AL.


The Dartboard for Witches - 23 July - 18 September - contemporary work in textiles, Aberystwyth, Wales

Bending more lines - April/ August - 62 Group - Collins Gallery, Glasgow & Rijswyjk, Netherlands


Life on the Coast - November/ December, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden ,Gloucestershire,

Woman with a Fish - May/June - Solo exhibition, Gate Gallery, Grimsby


Art of the Stitch - International Open Exhibition 2008/9 - March 2008 - November 2009

International Tour - Birmingham, UK, Krefeld, Germany,, Budapest, Hungary, K&S, London & Harrogate


VM Gallery, Karachi, Pakistan

North East Lincolnshire Museums service

Franklin Trust

Diana Springall Embroidery Collection

Gydnia Museum, Poland

Private collections in UK, Europe, USA , Australia, New Zealand & South America

Selected Publications / Articles

2020 - Selvedge magazine issue 95 - July/August

illustration of Anne Morrell for ROOTS IN TWO CONTINENTS article by Brinda Gill

2019 - Threads - Charlotte Vannier - published by Thames & Hudson

2018 - Selvedge magazine - issue 86 - TEXT-ILE Messaging article by Dr Nicola Donovan

2018 - Riga Textiles Triennial - Identity catalogue

2018 - De Fil En Aiguille - Charlotte Vannier - published by Pyramyd2018 - Textile landscape - Cas Holmes - published by Batsford

2018 - Textile Folk Art - Anne Kelly - published by Batsford

2017- TXP magazine - Netherlands Winter 2017 - an article from translated from English

2017 - Embroidery Magazine March/April • front cover & featured artist

2017 - May 12 - Crafts Council Directory - Maker of the Week

2016 - The Quilter magazine - featured artist

2016 - Do You Remember Me? book - Sue Stone

2016 - Handwerken magazine - featured artist - article by john Hopper

2016 - Embroidery magazine Jan/Feb - Volume 67 Embroidery loves

2015 - Axisweb Featured Artist of the Month - May

2014 - Textile Art Around the World • Ellen Bakker & Dorothé Swinkels

2014 - Embroidery Magazine • September/October - Ebb & Flow exhibition feature

2013 - Fibre Arts Now • USA • Article ‘The Joy of the Unexpected’ Winter edition

2012 - Textiles • The Art of Mankind - Mary Schoeser - published by Thames & Hudson

2012 - Radical Thread - Lesley Millar - celebrating 50 years of the 62 Group of Textile Artists

2011 - Rijswijk Textile Bienniel 2011 Catalogue

2010 - Machine Stitch Perspectives - Alice Kettle and Jane McKeating

Selected Recent/ Future Talks/ Workshops

Ongoing - Online workshops - in conjunction with

2021 - 7/11 October - talk/ 3 day workshop STARS - Bury St Edmunds - Suffolk

2021 - July - online workshop of Stitch Club

2021 - 4/5 May - A Focus on faces - Zoom workshop for Alexandra Waylett Studios, Suffolk Uk

2021 - 19/20 March - A Focus on faces - Zoom workshop for Alexandra Waylett Studios, Suffolk Uk

2021 - 15/20 March - Community Stitch Challenge

2020 - w/b 29 June - Stitch Club - online hand stitch workshop

2020 - March - online workshop for community Challenge in conjunction with

2020 - 18 January – 1 day workshop – A Focus on Faces at 20:21, Scunthorpe, N Lincs ,Uk

2020 - Talk – 11 January – East Yorkshire Embroidery group, Cottingham, Yorkshire

2019 - Selvedge - Illustrative Hand Stitch & Appliqué Portraits - Art Workers Guild, London - 9 March

2019 - Hudson Valley Workshops, USA - 6 to 10 April

2019 - Potomac Fiber Arts Guild USA 13 to 16 April

2018 - September 12 to 16 - Maiwa School of Textiles, Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada

2018 - Aug 4 to Aug 11 - Chateau Dumas, France

2018 - May 26 to June 2 - Studio Preniac, France

2018- 14 April - Selvedge, London - Illustrative Hand Stitch & Appliqué Portraits

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