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  • Beverly Ayling-Smith PhD -Mendings IV - Bedsheet, linen thread, ash, nails - textile artist
  • Beverly Ayling-Smith PhD- The Resonance of Loss- Calico, print, stitch and acrylic

Beverly Ayling-Smith PhD

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Beverly Ayling-Smith PhD- Finchampstead, Berkshire, United Kingdom - textile artist

Beverly Ayling-Smith PhD- Finchampstead, Berkshire, United Kingdom

 

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I am a textile artist and researcher based in Berkshire in the South of England. I create textile artworks, usually wall based, reflecting on the emotions associated with loss and the process of grieving. I use fabrics, often bedsheets that are old and worn, sometimes with holes that need to be mended, or are stained from use. These marks reveal the history of the cloth and are retained in whatever work I make from them.

Our association with cloth lasts longer than a lifetime and we have an intimate relationship with it. From the clothes we wear to towels, bedsheets and pillowcases, there is little time either in our lives or even after we have died that we are not in contact with it. Our children’s comforters are usually cloth and we often keep at least one item of clothing from the deceased as a way of keeping them close. Our everyday experience with it makes cloth a perfect vehicle to act as a metaphor and holder of emotions and allows the viewer a way to understand what the work is about and to make an emotional connection with it.

For more information and an extended gallery of my work please visit my website. You will find links to my social media accounts and you can sign up to receive a bi-annual newsletter on where I am exhibiting or speaking about my research and my plans for the future. Many of the works are for sale – please email me for more details.

I have a BA(Hons) degree in Embroidered Textiles from Middlesex University and an MA in Contemporary Craft (Textiles) from the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham UK.

In 2016 I completed my practice-based PhD from the University of Brighton and the University for the Creative Arts. The title of my research was ‘The space between mourning and melancholia: the use of cloth in contemporary art practice to materialise the work of mourning.’

I exhibit regularly with Prism and I am a full member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen and a member of the Surface Design Association.  My piece, ‘remembering, repeating and working through’ is in the Whitworth Art Gallery Collection of contemporary art and was shown in 2016 in the exhibition ‘Art_Textiles’.  My work ‘Mendings II’ was selected for the Fiber Art Network ‘Excellence in Fibers’ publication and exhibition in 2018 and I have also had work selected for the Scythia Exhibition of Textile Art, in Ivano-Frankivs’k, Ukraine in 2018. I exhibited at ‘Ajavahe. Time Difference’ the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial in Tallinn, Estonia in 2017 and in The Red and the Black, in the World of Threads exhibition, Oakville, Ontario, Canada in 2016.

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