Anthea Vaal

stitched textile artist

PROFILE

Transparency, line and texture are major aspects of Anthea Vaal’s work, where she combines her love of stitched textiles with garment design and construction. She is interested in exploring the concept of dual function textiles – displayable and wearable art – through the reconfiguration of the fabric.

In 2016 she was awarded “Highly Commended” in the “Quilt Creations” category at the Festival of Quilts, Birmingham with her stitched and woven corset. This garment was part of the award-winning exhibition The Sewing Machine Project by Studio 21.

Anthea is currently continuing her exploration of layering semi transparent fabrics, be they tulle, muslin, Vilene or fine polythene sheeting. Each layer may be stencilled, printed, pleated and stitched and then brought together in various combinations, with a view to building up the colour, pattern and texture of the final piece.

EXHIBITIONS

2016

Threads of Meaning, WVW, Guildford House Gallery
SIT Select, The Sewing Machine Project, Studio 21, Lansdown Gallery, Stroud
Festival of Quilts, ‘Quilt Creations’, Highly Commended, NEC, Birmingham

2015

The F word: The Changing Language of Fashion, Killerton House, Exeter
13th Ramster Exhibition, Chiddingfold
Festival of Quilts Fashion Show, NEC, Birmingham
The Sewing Machine Project, Studio 21, Southill Park, Bracknell
SIT Select Showcase, Cheltenham Town Hall

2014

Quilt Creations, Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham
Structure, surface, stitch, Wey Valley Workshop, South Hill Park, Bracknell

2013

12th Ramster Exhibition, Chiddingfold

2012

Collection – Connections, WVW, Haslemere Museum

2011

11th Ramster Exhibition, Chiddingfold

2010

Small but perfectly formed, WVW, Guildford Cathedral

2009

VI Weys Plus, Farnham Maltings
Embroidery & textile exhibitions, Ramster House, Chiddingfold

2008

Stitches in Time, Guildford House Gallery

2002

Celebrating 20 years, Guildford Embroiderers’ Guild, Godalming Museum

QUALIFICATIONS

C & G Medals of Excellence, Highly Commended, 2006

C & G Diploma Pt 2: Fashion, Bognor Regis Community College, 2006

C & G Diploma Pt 1: Fashion, Crawley College, 2004

MEMBERSHIPS

Studio 21

Wey Valley Workshop

Southern Counties Costume Society

CONTACT DETAILS

e: anthea.vaal@gmail.com