Large Blue Landscape by Alice Kettle

President of the Embroiderers' Guild

- Alice Kettle

A member of the Embroiderers' Guild since a teenager, Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist based in the UK. She has established a unique area of practice by her use of a craft medium, consistently and on an unparalleled scale.

Alice Kettle at workHer stitched works, many of which are the size of huge figurative tapestries, exploit the textures and effects made possible through the harnessing of a mechanical process to intuitive and creative ends.

Her work is represented in various public collections such as the Crafts Council London, the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, the Museo Internationale delle Arti Applicate Oggi, Turin, Italy.

She has consistently worked in architectural spaces. Commissions include the National Library of Australia, the Scottish High Court in Edinburgh, Gloucester and Winchester Cathedrals and the School of Music & Drama at Manchester University. She has recently completed a vast piece measuring 3m x 16.5m for the Winchester Discovery Centre.

In addition to her new role as President of the Embroiderers' Guild, Alice currently holds the following positions and titles:

  • Professor of Textile Arts, Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
  • Honorary Professor Centre for Real World Learning, University of Winchester
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Designer Craftsmen
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts Honorary
  • Member of the ’62 Group of Artists
  • Panel Member CraftNet

Upon her appointment as President, Alice said:

Exhibition at Winchester Discovery Centre"I am delighted and honoured to take on the role of President of the Embroiderers’ Guild. How could I not? As an organisation it embodies everything I love most; sewing and the company of passionate, accomplished embroiderers who, like me, get excited by a skein of thread. I have been reflecting on the Guild’s part in my own life - it has encouraged and supported my own career in embroidery and provided a community of specialist generous colleagues. As a teenager my local branch took me under its wing, the members shared their skills and became special friends. I have given workshops and talks to regional groups; I had Christmas gifts made by my children at their Young Embroiderers' group; I constantly learn from Embroidery Magazine; I exhibited in the major Art of the Stitch exhibitions, and so much more.

It is an organisation that reflects the proficiency and enthusiasm of its members, young and old, amateur and professional. What we all share is a commitment to stitching, how it opens our lives and extends our creativity. Our grandmothers may have sewn out of necessity, with skills passed down through the generations but a new generation are discovering stitching as a counterpoint to the pressures of a digital world. I am keen to inspire and support more young makers who can benefit, as I did, from the breadth of the Guild’s offerings and the people who are part of it. I will advocate and promote embroidery and the Guild through my own work to all those I meet. It is a privilege to be given such an important role. Please advise me on how I can support the Guild in the best possible way."

 
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