Hazel Bruce

Hazel Bruce


Hazel has been a textile artist and educator in further and higher education since 1990

Hazel has been a practicing textile artist since graduating from Manchester Polytechnic in 1990. She joined the 62 Group a year later and has exhibited with the group regularly since. Born in Leeds, she moved to Belfast in 1992 and has worked in further and higher education, community arts and the museum sector. She is now joint course director of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Ulster and is a lecturer in Textile Art. She exhibits regularly both with the 62 Group and in national and international group shows.

Recent work has explored an interest in the industrial production of textiles and the lives of those involved in that industry. Factory marks on cloth, identification stamps, accidental marks, patched and mended surfaces and the results of wear and use are important. Domestic textiles produced by factory workers have influenced the most recent work. Limited to the use of factory scraps and with little free time the unselfconcious and often simple work produced influences my work and feeds my continued interest in exploring the impact of limitations on creative practice.

LINEN STAMP BELFAST | made for linen biennale in Krosno, Poland, celebrating the once great Irish Linen Industry
IRISH LINEN BELFAST | one of a series of 3, this work celebrates the lives of the women employed in the hundreds of linen factories in Belfast

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Northern Ireland


Workshops: No
Talks: Yes
Commissions: Yes