Samantha Harvey

mixed media artist

PROFILE

Sam makes stitched sculptures, drawings and collages, predominantly by stitching and manipulating mixed media.

Inspired by the unexpected diversity, beauty and quirkiness of the World; particularly the colour, movement and incredible shapes found in the sea and the mythical creatures they evoke. Central to her work is the haptic experience of combining materials for their contrast and contradiction. By juxtaposing ordinary materials with traditional processes it is hoped that the viewer is drawn in for a double-take. Research through drawing and reading informs her imagination, enabling her to work organically: constructing as a response to the materials she picks up.

EXHIBITIONS

2016

Pinner Arts Week Open Studio, Pinner, September 2016

The Sewing Machine Project: a contemporary view of the ‘Iron Needlewoman’, with Studio 21, Lansdown Gallery, Stroud, SIT Select textile festival, May 2016.

2015

The Sewing Machine Project: a contemporary view of the ‘Iron Needlewoman’, with Studio 21, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire Oct/Nov 2015.

The Sewing Machine Project Prelude, with Studio 21, SIT Select Showcase, Cheltenham Town Hall, October 2015

Chinese Whispers, with Studio 21, The Well House Gallery, Horndon on the Hill, Stanford le Hope, July/August 2015

Shop within the Show, Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Mall Galleries, January 2015

2014

Looks Familiar, with Okra Textile Artists, Henley Fire Station Gallery, December 2014

Handmade for Christmas, West House, Pinner, December 2014

2013

Mystical Creatures @ The Attic, Lines of Pinner, December 2013

Chinese Whispers with Studio 21, South Hill Park, Bracknell, Berkshire, 14-27 October 2013

Outrageous with Okra Textiles, The Attic Gallery, Pinner, 8-13 June 2013

Chinese Whispers with Studio 21, Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch @ the NEC, Birmingham, 21-24 March 2013

MzTEK @ Norwich Arts Centre, 9 Feb-9 March 2013

2012

Winter Wonders, Obsidian Art, Nov/Dec 2012

Stitch to the Future with the children and teens from Stitch-London.co.uk, The Attic, Lines of Pinner, September 2012

Outrageous with Okra Textiles, The Cow Byre Gallery, Ruislip, September 2012

Harrow Open Studios Spindle Cottage, Pinner, June 2012

Harrow Open Studios Taster Exhibition Group Exhibition, West House, Pinner, June 2012

Art in the Attic with Pat Griffin, The Attic, Pinner, May 2012

Landscape, Texture and Pattern with Ann Burnham, The Attic, Pinner, April 2012

The Duration of Surface Group Exhibition, The Attic, Pinner, April 2012

2011

Continuum @ Hastings Art Forum 3-15 November 2011

9 Days Art Group Exhibition curated by NashArts, All Saints Church, Harrow Weald, September 2011

Continuum with Studio 21, The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, August 2011

Through The Eye of the Needle: 400 Years of the King James Bible with Okra Textiles, The Cow Byre Gallery, Ruislip, July 2011

Harrow Open Studios Spindle Cottage, Pinner, June 2011

2010

Momentum with Okra Textiles, The Harvey Gallery, Guildford
Studio 21 @ Shepherd Market, 54 The Gallery, W1
Designer Crafts at the Mall 2010, The Mall Galleries, SW1

2009

End of Year Show, East Berkshire College

QUALIFICATIONS

HE Diploma Stitched Textiles with distinction at East Berkshire College, Windsor, validated by Bucks New University, 2009
Foundation in Art and Design with distinction, Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, 2006
City and Guilds Certificate in Machine Embroidery, Missenden Abbey, 2005
Bachelor of Arts with Honours, University of Melbourne, 1986

MEMBERSHIPS

Society of Designer Craftsmen, Licentiate Member
Okra Textile Artists
Studio 21

PUBLICATIONS

Barnes, C. June, Exploring Dimension in Quilt Art, 2012 Batsford

CONTACT DETAILS

e: sam@stitch-london.co.uk
w: www.samantha-harvey.com