Liz Heywood

textile artist

PROFILE

Liz is a textile artist who makes stitched textiles and contemporary quilts. Some of the stitched textile techniques were developed during and after completing the Diploma at East Berkshire College, Windsor where she was introduced to a range of new artistic experiences.

The inspiration for her work comes from natural form and organic structures especially of intertwining shapes, stems and branches. Decay and regeneration are also influential factors not only in plants but also in man-made objects. The imperfections and processes that change the original and break down surfaces influence her work. She is often drawn towards objects that are delicate and fragile with lacy structures, backgrounds and forms and she likes to make structures that incorporate holes and spaces.

She uses wire in many of her pieces either as a support or as an integral part of the design. After working in 2D for several years she is now finding that 3D structures and formats often create the image she wants to achieve. A limited palette is increasingly used in her current work.

EXHIBITIONS

2015

Dislocation Too with Contemporary Quilt, Weavers Gallery, Ledbury

Fractured Images with Quilters Guild, EventCity, Manchester

Fractured Images with Quilters Guild, SECC, Glasgow

Fractured Images with Quilters Guild, NEC, Birmingham

Fractured Images with Quilters Guild, Excel, London

2014

CQ Exhibition, With Contemporary Quilt, The Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia, London

Fractured Images with Quilters Guild, Westpoint Centre, Exeter

2011

Designer Crafts at the Mall with SDC, Mall Gallery, London, Jan 2013

Chinese Whispers with Studio 21, South Hill Arts Centre, Bracknell Berks, Oct 2013

Chinese Whispers with Studio 21, Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch, NEC Birmingham, March 2013

CQ@10 Tin Mine Quilts With Contemporary Quilt travelled to: York, Loch Lomond, Llangollen, Helmsley, Hever, Rhondda, Cardiff, Brighton, Glasgow and Manchester

2012

By the Sea with Quilters Guild, Aldwark Gallery, Guild Museum, York

Pieced Patterns with Quilters Guild, ICHF Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts, Exeter

CQ@10 Tin Mine Quilts With Contemporary Quilt, Festival of Quilts NEC Birmingham

CQ@10 Tin Mine Quilts With Contemporary Quilt, Weavers Gallery, Ledbury

2011

Transitions with Quattro, Highcliffe Castle, Hampshire

Continuum with Studio 21, Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham

Continuum with Studio 21, Hastings Arts Forum, Sussex

2010

Gallery 54, Shepherd Market, London – Studio 21

Denbies, Dorking , Surrey – Studio 21

Festival of Quilts, NEC, Birmingham – Contemporary Quilts

Quiltfest, Llangollen – Contemporary Quilts

Quilts in the Garden, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire – Contemporary Quilts

2009

Signature Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria – Studio 21

Fountain Gallery, East Molesley, Surrey – Studio 21

Highcliffe Castle, Hampshire – Quattro

Pearls, Pearls, Pearls, Quilt Museum, York – Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles

Loch Lomond Quilt Show – Contemporary Quilts

2008

Dudley Museum and Art Gallery – Contemporary Quilts

2007

Knitting and Stitching Show: Birmingham, Alexandra Palace, Dublin, Harrogate – Studio 21

2005

Charles Henry Foyle, Forge Mill, Redditch

2004

HE Diploma Show, Windsor

MEMBERSHIPS

Studio 21

Society of Designer Craftsmen, Member

Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles

Contemporary Quilts

PUBLICATIONS

Quilters’ Guild calendar, 2011

Breakthrough, 2010

QUALIFICATIONS

BA General Arts, Southampton University

Post Graduate Certificate of Education

Diploma HE in Stitched Textiles (Distinction). Validated by Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, 2004

City and Guilds Part 1 and 2 in Patchwork and Quilting, 2001

CONTACT

e: liz@lizheywood.com