Ali Holloway

Much of Ali Holloway’s work starts with a walk and an exploration of the layers of human experience that have been imprinted over time on a particular landscape. These walks along the River Lea, out along the Thames estuary and urban walks through London all are intended to discover and uncover the traces left behind by the past and to respond in material form. Woven pieces are then made to recall the colours, shapes, textures, moods and the rhythm of the journey.

Walking lends itself to the act of weaving; the rhythmic movement of putting one foot in front of the other corresponds to the rhythmic traverses of the shuttle going back and forth. In this mechanical act the progress of a thread can be followed as it travels across the warp on the loom, back and forth, under and over, slowly revealing a bigger picture.

In this way, through the making of cloth, the physical act of walking can be made material. Holloway attempts to explore the idea that a piece of cloth like a journey and a story has a beginning, middle and end and in its creation woven cloth can be embedded with this notion of narrative.


  • 1963 London


  • 1997 – 2000 BA Textile Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art
  • 1996 – 97 Art Foundation, Sir John Cass, London
  • 1992 – 93 City and Guilds Constructed Textiles, London Guildhall University
  • 1982 – 85 BA (Hons) Art History and Theory, University of Essex


  • 2015 Bursary, Jameson Works

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2018 Colour Theory, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2017 New Member Showcase, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2017 Makers at the Mill, Mill House Gallery, Three Mills, London
  • 2016 Messing with Yarn, Textile Arts Factory, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 2016 A Snatched Last Kiss (solo), Craft Central, London
  • 2015 Lost and Found part 2, 44AD Gallery, Bath
  • 2015 Lost and Found part 1, Wheat Paddock Barn gallery, Freshford, near Bath
  • 2015 Made in Clerkenwell, Craft Central, London
  • 2015 A Landscape of Beauty, Forty Hall, Enfield
  • 2014 Makers at the Mill, Bow Mill Gallery, Three Mills, London
  • 2014 Transformations, St Barnabas Church, London
  • 2014 By the banks of the River Lea (Solo), Bow Mill Gallery, Three Mills, Bow, London
  • 2013 Pinpoint, One Church Street Gallery, Great Missenden, Bucks
  • 2013 Selvedge Winter Fair, Chelsea Town Hall, London

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