Victoria Brown

Victoria Browns new work continues to explore the process of making, using ancient hand rolled wool felt making techniques, to make the large panels and traditional plain stitching. The process is hinted at through labels and washing instructions and history or ownership is implied by the nametapes.

This new work is about colour and exploring and enjoying the simple patterning of spots and strips, which are ubiquitous in the textile world from traditional kilims to polka dot prints. The colours are all dyed in the studio and have been influenced by 1950 advertising, Ric Rac braid and early plastics - reds, pale blue, soft yellows, and flat green.

Looking closer into the planes of colour you find stripes of imbedded colour that are like a bloom on the felt. The spots hover on the surface in some pieces, in others they are recessed into the colour field. Familiar labels and nametags and even small plastic gumball toys and buttons punctuate the panels.

Born  1962, Beirut, Lebanon

1984-87 Royal College of Art, London: MA RCA Tapestry
Degree by research; Written Research : The Early History of Feltmaking in the Nomadic Tradition.  (6000 BC to 14th Century)
1981-84 Goldsmiths College, London. BA Hons 1st Class

Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Chichester

Commissions & Awards
1987 Armada Hat, Commissioned by The Worshipful Company of Feltmakers, for H.M. The Queen.
Hand rolled felt hat for the Victoria & Albert Museum.
Full length coat and hat for Michael Raw.
Textile installations for East and West roundabouts, Arundel Festival, August 2007.

Workshop Teaching
2006- to date. London Symphony Orchestra- Barbican London. Family Workshops
2004 - to date. West Sussex County Council Able Children Enrichment programme

Selected Exhibitions
2009 Focus, CAA, London
2008 Work In progress- Drawing Show. Otter Gallery University of Chichester. West Sussex
Intervention.  Group Show Worthing Museum
2007 2 Textile Installations on the East and West Roundabouts A27 Arundel
2006 The Space Between. Solo Show. Otter Gallery University of Chichester

Publications & Press
2005 Review Crafts Magazine Catherine Harper
2004 Making Meaning and Materials. A Brown L. Butterworth. Creative Partnerships.
2003 Hand to Eye. R.Cairns S.Roberts  J. Gillet ISBN 2002  Making Beautiful Beads Lark Books ISBN 157990 288 1873451 4821996
Feltworks, Victoria Brown, Lorenz Books. ISBN 185967 2973
1997 Frames, Victoria Brown, Anness Publishing. ISBN 185967 5360




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