Textiles CV

Qualification

BA [Hons] Constructed Textiles

Education

  • 1993-96                              London College of Fashion, part time Millinery
  • 1989-93                              BA [Hons] Constructed Textiles, West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham
  • 1988-89                              Reigate School of Art and Design, Arts Foundation
  • 1974-77                              History of Art Diploma, Richmond
  • 1971-74                              Ceramics Cert.Ed., Battersea College, London University

 Exhibitions

Participated nationally & internationally since 1993, in France, Italy, Hungary, Turkey, Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and as Associate Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Gallery, London & other venues in the UK

Artist in Residency           Lenzen, Germany & Copenhagen, Denmark [one week each]

Demonstrations

Including four years running at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London two Saturdays per year show in the gallery

2004 – present Show & tell talks: ‘Me & my Hats’ since 2005

Workshops

  • Following  a ppt presentation of ‘Afghan Village Women and their Embroidery’ after which group members can purchase an 8x8cm hand-embroidered Afghan tile, I offer a workshop the following day when members can incorporate their tile into a new piece of work. Visit: www.guldusi.com.

Membership and Positions

  • 1993 –  2010                       Society of Designer Craftsmen LSDC & ASDC
  • 1997 – 2015                        Secretary of Mole Valley District Council Arts Forum
  • 1997 – 2002                       Exhibition Officer, IFA, organising international touring exhibition
  • 1999 – 2005                       Steering Group & District Co-ordinator, Surrey Artists Open Studio
  • 2002 – 2009                      Editor of ‘Felt Matters’ [ex Echoes], quarterly journal of the IFA
  • 2009 –                                 UK organiser promoting www.guldusi.com, Afghan embroidery

 Funding

  • 2005                                     Arts Council grant for September ETN conference lecture in Izmir, Turkey
  • 2000                                     South East Arts travel grant for September ETN conference in Belgium

Publications

Fabulous Felt Hats, Lark Books; Sperimentazioni Tessili, Celid ISBN9788876617935;

Nemezmüveszet [Felt Art]  M.Nagy & I. Vidak ISBN9632183886 Hungary

Personal Statement

I am fascinated to find that I can create a fabric from woollen fibres without the use of any special tools, to find a link between the tactile qualities of draping clay and felt and to create a 3D object which has an instant effect on the wearer. All my wearables are hand crafted, one-off and as such a very personal statement – hats, waistcoats or scarves.

Ancient crafts like feltmaking need to be appreciated by a wider audience and I offered talks, demos & workshops to children & adults; school and individual projects catered to time available. Alas, I am now semi-retired and prefer to give talks, including ‘show & tell’ talks only.