Eleanor Pritchard


I design and produce bespoke woven fabrics. My work is concerned with contrasts of colour, texture and surface, and I employ techniques such as double-cloths and supplementary warps and wefts to achieve rich, lively fabrics. I enjoy exploring the different qualities of yarns, mixing plain and textured wools with silks, linens, rayons and polyester ‘ribbons‘.
I am particularly interested in traditional British fabrics and textile crafts such as Welsh blankets, woolen tweeds, and rag rugs, and I see much of my work as a reinterpretation of these in a contemporary context. The resulting fabrics seek to achieve a sophisticated and yet quite hand-crafted feel.
My studio practice is quite wide ranging, and includes large-scale projects, private commissions, freelance design work, and my own mill-woven interior accessory range.

Education 
1999-2001 BA Textiles: weave (accelerated), Chelsea College of Art and Design
1990-1339 BA (Hons) History and English Literature, University of Birmingham

Selected awards
2007 ‘Origin’, winner of the ‘Evening Standard Best Domestic Design’ award
2006-2007 Design work for Margaret Howell
2005 FX Design Awards, ‘Best office interiors’, National Trust Central Office
2004 BBC H&A/John Lewis ‘Talent around Britain’ shortlist
2003 ‘100% Design’, winner of the Crafts Council Bursary
2001 ‘Texprint’, winner of the ‘Lee 400’ Trust Prize

Selected exhibitions
2007 Cheongju International Craft Biennale, Korea
Urban Field, Contemporary Applied Arts/Devon Guild, Devon
‘Work in Process’, creative solo show, Clerkenwell Green Association, London
2006-2007 Origin, Somerset House, London
2003-2005 ‘100% Design’, Earl’s Court, London
2004 ‘Sitting Pretty’, The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
Canary Wharf Showcase Exhibition, London
‘White for Weddings’, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
‘Habiter’, British Embassy Stand, Paris

Commissions
2008 Vestment fabrics for Ely Cathedral
2006 Reception cushions, Arts Council London offices
2004-2005 Atrium screens, National Trust Headquarters
2002-2004 Woven lengths for Christian Lacroix Couture Studio
2002 Design work for Osborne & Little

Publications
2007 Observer, Weekend Magazine
The Times
2007-2005 Crafts Magazine
2006 ID Magazine
2003-2004 Guardian, Weekend

 

 

Exhibitions

Archive

2009

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