David Littler

I am passionate about the cultural, economic and social role of textiles in contemporary life and creative learning in both formal and informal settings.   Throughout my career I have championed the commissioning of new experimental textile work and I have had a particular focus on supporting the creative and professional development of emerging artists, textile and fashion designers. My current research and artistic practice combines my love of people, textiles, print, pattern, sound, machines, folk, collective-making and performance.

Born  United Kingdom

 Bradford College of Art & Design: BA Hons in Art & Design (textile print specialism)
1986  Foundation course in Art & Design, Blackpool and Fylde College: GCE A-levels in Art, Craft and Design

 British Council Creative Collaboration Award to develop work between UK and South East Europe
2007  Crafts Council Spark Plug Curators’ Award
2006  Craft Leadership Programme – part of the UK Cultural Leadership Programme

Exhibitions/ Performances
 Established the ongoing research project and platform exploring the connections between textiles and sound and the cultures of embroidery and DJ-ing. It is an international collective of textile designers, musicians, embroiderers and poets including Jason Singh, Yusra Warsama, Berit Greinke, and members of the Embroiderers’ Guild.   The research explores sampling, collective-making and games as creative processes, aswell as issues of ownership and copyright.
2011  Handmade at Future Everything, Manchester.
Sampler-culture dash work in progress performance No3 at Pairings Conference, Manchester.
2010  Textile and Sound Laboratory, Bucharest with artists from the UK, Romania and Turkey in partnership with the British Council, MNAC (The Museum of Contemporary Art), Bucharest, Rokolectiv electronic music festival, The Museum of the Romanian Peasant and c-u-m-a from Istanbul.
2009  Open Source Embroidery curated by Ele Carpenter, touring to the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, USA and Bidmuseet, Umea, Sweden.

2011  Handmade@FutureEverything: Crafts Magazine
2010 Continuing Explorations in Print, part of Future Textile Environments by Renata Brink, Marion Ullrich – published by HAW Hamburg
V&A website: sampler-cultureclash. A new section about the museum’s collection of embroidered samplers and contemporary sampling.
2009 Crafts and Codes by Lisa Delgardo, Crafts Magazine (March/April)
Crossover Stitches: Sheffield Telegraph
DATS – Dress and Textile Specialists Spring Journal
2008  Inspiration: Crafts Magazine (Nov/Dec)
A-N Magazine (Oct)





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