Asta Barrington


Asta Barrington creates colourful handmade embroidered scarves and throws from cashmere, silk and wool. The scarves range from small silk satin neck scarves to large gauzy organza evening stoles. Woven cloth is machine stitched with cashmere or woollen yarn then acid-dyed so that the embroidery dyes alongside its base fabric. Some fibres such as wool shrink when dyed at a hot temperature whilst others such as silk do not. Diverse textural and tonal results are achieved by experimenting with combinations of different weights and thicknesses of fabrics and fibres. Washing and dyeing the fabric softens it making it ideal for wearing round the neck, so as well as being intriguing to look at the scarves are also very practical. Colour is a major feature of Asta’s textiles and she works with over 100 shades that are hand mixed from recipes developed over the past decade, from subtle pastels and neutrals to the exuberant bright hues shown in this exhibition. 

Education 
1989 - 1990 Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design
South West Regional Diploma in Foundation Studies Distinction
1990 - 1993 Nottingham Trent University 
First Class BA (Hons) Textile Design, specialising in Embroidered Textiles
1993 - 1995 Royal College of Art, MA Embroidery

Awards
2003 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show: ‘Best of British’ prize
2002 Shortlisted for the ‘Scandinavia Award’ at Chelsea Crafts Fair
2001 Chelsea Crafts Fair: The ‘George Little International Marketing Award’
1999 Index of Selected Makers, Crafts Council

Exhibitions
2007 ‘Handmade in Britain’ Chelsea Old Town Hall 
‘Origin: The London Craft Fair’
2006 Brighton Craft Fair
‘Origin: The London Craft Fair’ (formerly Chelsea Crafts Fair)
2005 Christmas selling exhibition at Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead. Scarves
2004 New York International Gift Fair. Trade fair selling to the US market
2003 ‘Viva la Diva’ Christmas selling exhibition at ‘Made’ Gallery, Bristol. Scarves
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, USA, Throws, cushions and scarves
New York International Gift Fair. Trade fair selling to the US market
2002 Christmas selling exhibition at The Lighthouse, Glasgow. Scarves
Christmas selling exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham. Scarves
New York International Gift Fair. Trade fair selling to the US market
2001 Christmas selling exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham. Scarves
2000 ‘Summer Show’ Crafts Council Shop at the V&A Museum. All products
2000 ‘Handbag’, Leicester City Art Gallery. Touring exhibition of handbags and their contents
1996-2005 ‘Chelsea Crafts Fair’

Commissions
1997/2001 Embroidered curtain commissions for private home, Chiswick
1996 Curtain commission for Drawing Room windows at Belsay Hall, English Heritage owned stately home, Northumbria as part of ’Living at Belsay’ exhibition
1995- Private commissions of scarves, bags, throws, cushions, curtains and paintings to individuals

Collections
1999 Crafts Council, 1 throw and 1 scarf for permanent collection

 

Exhibitions

Archive

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