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Christine Sawyer

My practice encompasses mainly drawing and woven tapestry. These two disciplines inform and sustain each other. Current ideas take as source, the effect of social media and environmental concerns.

Unless working to a specific commission brief, I make drawings and tapestries in response to a particular environment, event or occurrence, Images are generally a mix of observation, memory and imagination. The aim is to construct an interpretative piece, arrived at by initiating an intuitive dialogue between idea and process. Currently I am exploring ideas relating to manipulation of the environment, and the effect of the media on our lives. Because the source material is so diverse in content, the work takes on a variety of forms, relief, 3D, mixed media, and therefore the results often look very different from each other. The first reaction, or encounter, governs the process and finished product.

 INFLUENCES; aesthetic and formal process, contemporary ideas and concerns. effects of social media. environmental issues. 

CAREER PATH;  Bath Academy of Art, Painting and Ceramic with Mosaic, 1960-63 Certificate in Education, Bristol University, Taught art and design in secondary schools Lecturer in textiles, Rolle College of Education, Exmouth, 1968 to 1975 Self-taught in Tapestry Accepted onto Crafts Council Index 1987 World Tapestry Today - Tour 1989-90 International Textile Competition, Japan, 1990 British Tapestry Triennial in 1995 Contemporary British Tapestry, 1996 Tapestry on the Net, 2000 South West Arts Award Winners Showcase, 2002 South West Arts Awards in 1996 and 2000 Seven major commissions, including two panels for the House of Lords in 2001 Theo Moorman Trust Award 2010, 2014 and 2018.


Four Deadly Sins Against the Planet:

Polar Drift

Mask : Seeing Double

Vox Humana


Throwaway Ocean

Three Deadly Sins

Out of the Blue

Under the Weather

Medicine Coat

Loose Ends....... sackcloth and ashes

Modern Living, Cheek by Jowl

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