Asta Barrington


Asta Barrington creates embroidered scarves, shawls, throws and cushions. She works with luxurious natural fibres such as cashmere, lambs wool and silk, which are combined to create subtle, soft and tactile accessories. These are machine embroidered and then washed and dyed afterwards so that the different fibres in a piece take on varying tones of the same colour. Asta constantly experiments with these techniques to create unusual tactile combinations which vary from rippled silk / lambs wool scarves which are lightweight yet insulating, lacy cashmere / nylon net effects, to the felted fancy fringes that have become her trademark. Colour is very important to Asta and, because she is completely in control of the dyeing process, her colour range is vast.

Born  1971 

Education 
1989-90
 Bournemouth and Poole College of Art and Design
South West Regional Diploma in Foundation Studies Distinction
1990-93  Nottingham Trent University 
First Class BA (Hons) Textile Design, specialising in Embroidered Textiles
1993-95  Royal College of Art, MA Embroidery

Awards
2003
 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show: ‘Best of British’ prize
2002  Short listed 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
1998  Shortlisted for the ’Carroll Foundation Award’ at Chelsea Crafts Fair
1996  ‘The Clerkenwell Award’ - subsidised studio rental, The Clerkenwell Green Association
1995  ‘The Christopher Farr Award’: Royal College of Art Textiles prize

Exhibitions
2011
 ‘Top Drawer’, London. Alabasta range of printed trays in conjunction with Swedish manufacturer Ary Trays launched. Blue Fish and Black Flower collections launched.
‘Tent’ London. Alabasta printed trays in conjunction with Ary Trays, Blue Fish and Folk Stripe collections.
2009  ‘Origin: The London Craft Fair’, Somerset House, London
2008  Effervescence West Dean College, Sussex
Origin. Somerset House
Spectrum. Contemporary Applied Arts, London
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

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

2011

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