Deirdre Wood


Since I first became involved in textiles, I have been fascinated by
strip-woven fabric, a technique that is widely used by many cultures.  I have developed this ancient weaving principle by twisting the strips before they are joined by sewing. The result is a cloth that moves into the third dimension – with its complex surface geometry enhanced by the bars and stripes woven into the original strips. I use a backed cloth weave to produce a dense, firm cloth and the structure also allows strong colour changes between the front and back of the fabric. I also enjoy using the ikat technique of dyeing (and more recently dip-dyeing) to achieve a softer colour-change.
However, my new work has taken a very different direction and I am now producing curving strips that exploit the opposite stretch properties of linen and silk. These strips can be used in multiple groups of woven arcs or made into large rings. More recently I have made rings of different diameters that, when sewn together, fit exactly inside each other, to create discs. This is an exciting departure from the conventions of traditional ‘parallel weaving’ and when displayed in architectural settings has a powerful language of its own.


Born 
1949 London

Education 
1968-9 Farnham School of Art. Vocational Pottery Course.
1992-5 West Surrey College of Art and Design. B.A. (Hons) Woven Textiles

Recent Exhibitions
2006 ‘Beyond the Straight and Narrow’. Hove Museum and Art Gallery.  East Sussex
2005 ‘Straight and Narrow’. The Crafts Study Centre, Farnham, Surrey.
2004 ‘Tapestry – but not as we know it’. The Hub, Sleaford, Lincolnshire
2003 Andover Museum
2003 ‘Tapestry – but not as we know it’. Gosport Museum and Gallery, Hampshire
2002-3 Havant Museum (Riches from Rags)
2002 The Fairfield Arts Centre, Basingstoke

Commissions
2005 Commission from private collector
2002 Commission, Danish artist Ena Bodin
2000 Ecclesiastical stole for ordinand Nancy Ford
1998 Set of ecclesiastical stoles for The Rev Terry Hemming

Awards
2008 Theo Moorman Trust
2005 Arts Council, England
2003 Arts Council, England
2001 Year of the Artist
1999 Mid-career bursary from Southern Arts
1996 Textile award from the David Canter Memorial Fund

Exhibitions Curated
1999 ‘Down to Earth’ Exhibition of textiles and photographs of Mali, with ceramics by    Jonathan Garratt. The Guidhall Gallery, Winchester
1996 ‘Mud in the Making’ Malian textiles and the work of four contemporary potters, Svend Bayer, Jonathan Garratt, Mick Pinner and Patrick Sargent. Winchester Contemporary Art

Professional Affiliations
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Crafts Council Index of Selected Makers
Member of Contemporary Applied Art

Work in Public Collections
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Brighton and Hove Museum
Hampshire County Council Museums & Archives Service

Exhibitions

Archive

2009

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