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Vanessa Plews

I trained as a printed textile designer at Camberwell School of Art and subsequently worked as a designer in various London studios. I went on to explore felting techniques and am now making a diverse selection of handcrafted art works, including drawings, jewellery and scarves.

I produce all my work in my home studio. Each scarf is unique, created using silk chiffon, individually dyed with my own colour mixes, and pattern is then applied, using merino wool. The expertise I gained working as a designer and colourist, is now applied to my own creations.

Having learned various fabric dyeing techniques, such as shibori, I now combine these techniques to create unusual variations of pattern, texture and colour.

My jewellery is designed from hand rolled merino wool beads, which form necklaces and bracelets. Silk chiffon and merino corsages complement the range, echoing the colours used in the scarves.

I draw my inspiration from all things botanical, especially floral forms, their movement and vibrancy of colour, which is an important aspect of my work.

I have recently exhibited at Art in the Pen, Just Makers Ripley Castle and at Harlow Carr Bath House Gallery and Ilkley Art Trail 2017.

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Ilkley Arts mission is to promote and celebrate the arts in Ilkley and surrounding areas to enrich the lives of residents and visitors and to support and help the development of our exhibiting artists.

Ilkley Arts works with a wide range of organisations to achieve this mission from those whose focus is on developing young artists such as Art School Ilkley and Nell Bank Outdoor Education Centre as well as partnerships with Ilkley Manor House, Outside the Box, Ilkley Literature Festival and the Ilkley Playhouse.

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