Heather Belcher

The work shown here illustrates an interest in both the traditions and materiality of hand made felt. Felt is a fabric that has a direct connection to early body coverings, first used by the nomads of Central Asia to make seamless coats. This history of the fabric and its texture suggest the notion of a ‘protective skin’ and thus the proximity of the human body.

Previous work has explored the duality of absence and presence of the body through images of clothing constructed in felt. This new collection of work demonstrates a return to an interest in the traditions of still life painting. As with clothing, familiar household objects and treasured possessions remind us of a connection with the human figure and yet the objects always remain at a distance, external to the body, thus reminding us of a possible threat of loss or dislocation.

Born 1960, Nottingham

1979 Foundation Art & Design, Winchester School of Art
1980-1983 BA Hons Textiles, Goldsmiths College, Univ. of London
1995 MA Textiles, Goldsmiths College, University of London

2003 Research and Development Grant, (visiting Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia) Arts Council England

2005 ‘Revealed’- a celebration of the Contemporary Textile Collection, Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Wearable/Unwearable, The National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Ireland
Textile Focus – Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, London
2003 SOFA Chicago, represented by Contemporary Applied Arts Gallery, London
‘Tell Tale, Narratives in Contemporary Craft’, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead  

2004 Commissioned by the Contemporary Art Society Special Collection Scheme to make work for Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery Contemporary Textile Collection with Funds from the Arts Council Lottery

Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery-Contemporary Textiles Collection
Crafts Council Collection
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead;
Bankfield Textiles Museum, Halifax





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