Part 4 – Contextual studies – Project 2 – Stage 1 – Research six artists or designers

In this section of the course we are allowed to choose six artists of our own choosing that we really admire to research. To start I have chosen to look at the work of Dawn Thorne. I was really lucky to have been taught by Dawn whilst at Windsor studying for my City & Guilds qualifications. her teaching and exhibiting career was just starting then and I have been interested in her work since then.

I have produced a short summary sheet and source list and a pinterest board for each of my chosen artists, as follows:

Name: Dawn Thorne

Nationality: British

Education: East Berkshire College (Windsor), Buckingham & Chilterns University College, Bracknell & Wokingham College, OCA

Best known for: Large scale transparent and layered pieces, often blue in colour! Embroidery and Perspex

Publications: Transparency in Textiles, Anova Books (Batsford) ISBN 978-1-906388-48-5

Pinterest Board:

Sources and further reading for Dawn Thorne:

Name: Emily Jo Gibbs

Nationality: British

Education: Wood Metal and Plastics degree, Wolverhampton University, shoe making and leatherwork in Leicester and Walsal

Best known for: Exquisite small 3D pieces such as purses based on nature combining silver-smithing and textiles/embroidery

Pinterest Board:

Sources and further reading for Emily Jo Gibbs,m3,default,1&m3year=2009&m3month=10&m3returnid=25&page=25

Name: Jean Draper

Nationality: British

Education: National Diploma in Design then London University Institute of Education (Teaching Qual.)

Best known for: Highly textural textile forms using wrapping and other hand raised techniques

Publications: Stitch and Structure (Batsford, 2013)

Pinterest Board:

Sources and further reading for Jean draper


Name: Cas Holmes

Nationality: British

Education: University College of Creative Arts,

Best known for: Printed / Dyed backgrounds, found objects with line drawn motifs

Publications: Stitch Stories: Personal Places, Spaces and Traces in Textile Art, Connected Cloth: Creating Collaborative Textile Projects (With Anne Kelly) & The Found Object in Textile Art

Pinterest Board:

Sources and further reading for Cas Holmes

Name: Audrey Walker

Nationality: British

Education: Edinburgh College of Art, Slade School of Fine Art

Best known for: Heavily stitched figurative work, Audrey is now using simple straight stitches on plain backgrounds to create a picture.

Pinterest Board:

Sources and further reading for Audrey Walker


About Julie Hooker

Having recently returned to my roots in Surrey, I am currently studying a BA Hons degree with the OCA. My work is often inspired by the local countryside in the beautiful Surrey Hills area and the wild rugged nature of the North Cornish coast. Steam engines and abandoned industrial history are also recent themes. A free machine embroiderer and felt maker; I like to explore the use of natural, found materials to create my art, whether that be as raw materials to stitch or weave with or as a material with which to produce dye or print with. Previously, I completed City and Guilds parts 1 & 2 Creative Embroidery at the East Berkshire College in Windsor in 2007. I was also awarded first place in the wearable art section of the National Quilt Championships 2008 and 2009 held annually at Sandown Park.
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