Jeanette Appleton

Jeanette Appleton


Jeanette Appleton’s international recognition through various projects, as in “Through the Surface”, results from exploring the transformation of Fibre and fabric by hand or industrial process. Her recent solo exhibition “Sow:Sew” was developed from a residency at University of Huddersfield and funding from the Arts Council

The principle technique is felt, one of the oldest form of non woven fabric and used by Nomads for clothing and tents. She has researched historical and contemporary issues of the Nomad and land, with funded exploration in Russia, Mongolia and the Caucasus. Participating in international exchanges, as in “Felt Crossing Boundaries” and “Through the Surface”, to explore cultural difference through the creative process. Leading to group exhibitions in the UK, Norway, Denmark and Japan.

Featured in various magazines and books including “Art Textiles of the World.GB” and “Inspired to Stitch by Diana Springall. Appleton has produced essays for World of Embroidery and Echoes [now Felt Matters]; including her solo exhibition catalogue “Nomad:Nomos”. Work in private and public collections in the UK and overseas, and she has carried out various commissions and residencies. Her recent touring solo exhibition “Sow:Sew” was developed from a residency at the University of Huddersfield and funding from the Arts Council, England. Researching within the Textile Craft BA course enabled her to investigate the principles of handcraft with CAD technology and industrial processes.

Appleton’s on going research exploring cloth in site and its associations with landscape, led to contacting the John Innes Institute in Norwich. A dialogue with scientist Mike Ambrose, provided parallel relationships of cloth and land to that of historical collecting and sampling, the hand and machine sowing of plants. The work included on this web “Adaptive Landscape Series I and IV”; allude to the microscopic view of plants and land. Using industrial needle felt for similar marks to the mass sewing of seeds. She has developed unique colour and fibre mixed lengths, which were cut and assembled as paintings.

PLACE-MTTHS | 2011 Dyed merino wool tops and various fabric, transfer print on hand-felted scarves, Perspex box with sandblasted lettering; 25cm x 25cm x 10cm. Photo: askfordave
ADAPTIVE LANDSCAPE SERIES 1 | Needle felt: dyed merino wool, various plant fibres and synthetic organza; 170cm x 105cm. Photo: Dewi Tannant Lloyd

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