Sue Stone FSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Sue
Sue Stone is a British artist based in N E Lincolnshire who is best known for narrative, figurative compositions that often feature a fish. Her inspiration is drawn from relationships, life observations and a pride in her Grimsby heritage. Her work, which has an emphasis on hand embroidery, has been widely exhibited throughout the UK, and in Europe, the USA, Pakistan and Japan. Sue is an experienced speaker and teacher who regularly delivers talks to groups and teaches embroidery workshops throughout the UK and further afield.
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Sue Stone is a mainly figurative artist, best known for textural, narrative work which often features a fish; a symbol of her Grimsby heritage. Drawing forms an important part of Sue Stone’s practice but instead of a pen or pencil Sue usually uses a needle and thread. Her work has its emphasis on hand embroidery often combined with machine stitch and paint.

Inspired by people, place and time Sue's compositions, which often start life on a computer screen, may contain multiple images used to create the allusion of a journey through life. Her most recent work is motivated by finding a wider audience for embroidery though the documentation of social history and collected memories.

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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.

Memberships

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)

Awards

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

2019

Ctrl/Shift Tour - NCCD Sleaford Lincolnshire,UK - 2 February to 22 April

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

Interwoven - EMMA - Espoo Museum of Modern Art, Finland - 5 June to - 31 March 2020

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

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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

2011

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.

2010

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

2009

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

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

2008

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

Collections

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

2019 - Selvedge Magazine January

2018 - 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 textileartist.org 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

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

2017/8 - Online workshop - Exploring Texture & Pattern with Sue Stone in conjunction with Textileartist.org

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