Denise Jones

artist working in textiles

PROFILE

Denise Jones is currently working towards a practice based MA in textiles at UCA (Farnham, Surrey).

Her practice and research are concerned with the process of hand embroidery through woven cloth. For Denise, embroidering is about lines of thread, in perpetual movement, which negotiate a way through the bind of cloth. She considers embroidering as an active and embodied ‘language’ articulating between symbolic words and visual imagery, embroidering engages with both the surface and the structure of cloth and offers more than the idea of visual surface decoration.

Denise’s current research considers the cloth as a metaphor for the skin and the psychoanalytical concept of the skin-ego. Embroidering through, crossing, the imagined inner and outer of the cloth skin may therefore help us to reveal our innermost knowledge of the world. She also suggests that the micro spaces between the warp and weft of cloth may be seen as psychical thresholds where a more secure sense of the self may emerge.

Denise always uses natural materials, usually linen, and hand embroidery.

SELECTED AWARDS AND EXHIBITIONS

2015

Stitched Together – The Jane Austen House Museum, Hampshire

2014

MA/MFA – UCA, Farnham, Surrey
Coded/Decoded – The Mall Galleries, London
Coded/Decoded – K&S touring exhibition, London, Harrogate, Dublin
Collect – The Harvey Gallery, Guildford, Surrey
Traces – Quinary at The Society of Designer Crafts Gallery, London

2013

Out of the Box– The Oxmarket Galleries, Chichester
Traces – Quinary at Brewery Arts Centre, Cirencester
Liminal: Crossing the Threshold – The Mall Galleries, London
Embroidery at Ramster – Ramster, Surrey
Collaborate- The Harvey Gallery, Guildford, Surrey
Continuum – Herxheim, Germany
Hidden Places, Hidden Spaces – The Mall Galleries, London

2012

Continuum – World of Threads, Toronto, Canada
BA Degree Show, Middlesex University

2011

Up Close: In Detail – The Mall Galleries, London

2010

Evolve: Evoke: Expand – The Mall Galleries, London

2009

Headline: A Sense of the Moment – The Mall Galleries, London

2008

Where Are We Now? – Haslemere Museum, Surrey
Stitches in Time – Guildford House, Guildford, Surrey

2007

Pathways, Opus School of Textile Arts, The Mall Galleries, London
Moving On – Haslemere Museum, Surrey

2005

Wey Valley Workshop at Denbies – Denbies Vineyard, Dorking, Surrey
Embroideries at Ramster – Ramster, Surrey

2004

Wey Valley Workshop Community Project, Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford, Surrey
City and Guilds Show, Guildford College of Higher Education, Surrey

2002

Quilts Singapore – Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Singapore

2000

Quilts for Chernobyl – Haslemere Museum, Surrey, 2000

1990s

National Embroidery Championships, Ascot, Surrey (Highly Commended),1998
Quilters Guild of UK at Veenendaal Historisch Museum, Holland, 1997
National Embroidery Championships, Ascot, Surrey (First prize), 1997
National Quilt Championship, Ascot, Surrey (Third prize), 1996
Quilts at Hever Castle – Hever Castle, Kent, 1996

QUALIFICATIONS

MA Textiles University of the Creative Arts, Farnham, 2015
BA (Hons) (first class) Embroidered Textiles, Middlesex University, 2012
City and Guilds Embroidery, Part I and II, Guildford College of Higher Education, 2004
Diploma in Reading and Language Development (year 1), Open University, 1983
PGCE, Literacy and Language Acquisition, West London Institute of Education, University of London, 1979
BA (Hons) Economic and Social History, University of Nottingham, 1978

MEMBERSHIPS

Studio 21
Prism
The Society of Designer Craftsmen
Quinary
Canvass
Wey Valley Workshop

CONTACT DETAILS

e: mdjo@hotmail.com
b: www.quinary12.wordpress.com
b: www.denisejonesuk.tumblr.com