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Joanna Kinnersly-Taylor

Printed textile artist and designer whose practice embraces site-specific, often large-scale architectural commissions, one-off works for exhibition, and domestic linens.

Joanna is a printed textile artist and designer and produces one-off works for domestic interiors, site-specific, often large-scale commissions for public and corporate spaces, and utilitarian fabrics for the home. Work has been made for a variety of environments – from castle to quayside, wall-hangings to temporary external installations.

Joanna's work is a response to observations of daily life within the domestic interior.  She takes inspiration from the smallest details of household objects to larger architectural elements and explore their interplay and juxtaposition, as well as the effects of time and light, and how they change the sense of a place, revealing and concealing the fabric of our lives.  Although the origin of chosen motifs is not necessarily overtly apparent, the abstraction process aims to imbue the work with a quiet familiarity and capture a particular moment, atmosphere or environment.

Working on natural fibres such as linen and wool, she meticulously dyes and screen-prints everything by hand, developing bespoke colour palettes for each project. Intrinsic to the visual structure of her work is how she ‘carves out’ the surface of cloth through the push and pull of removing and adding colour, creating positive and negative space. Depth and transparency are achieved through a complex series of layers, creating space that is architectural and ethereal. Through this process, elements are held together by delicate control of the printing process.

Joanna trained at University College for the Creative Arts (Farnham) and at Glasgow School of Art. Working from her studio in Glasgow, she teaches courses and one-to-one, and is also a visiting lecturer on various degree and post-graduate courses around the country. Joanna is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists and the author of ‘Dyeing and Screen-Printing on Textiles’ (A&C Black 2005 / Bloomsbury 2011/new edition underway). Her work has been exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad and has been featured in numerous books and magazines.


1994            Master of Design; Glasgow School of Art

1985-1988    BA (Hons) in Printed Textiles; University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham

1999-2010    Researcher, Department of Textiles, Glasgow School of Art

2010            Creative Mentor, Creative Industries, Forth Valley College, Falkirk

2006-2016    Visiting Lecturer: Staffordshire University; Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen; Heriot Watt University, Borders Campus, Galashiels; Norwich University of the Arts; Hull School of Art and Design

2003 & 2011 Author of 'Dyeing and Screen-Printing on Textiles', published by A & C Black Ltd / Bloomsbury. Now working on new edition to be published 2021.

March 2019  Lecture at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London, as part of the 62 Group of Textile Artists’ annual lecture series

C O M M I S S I O N S   &   C L I E N T S

2017    ‘Resonance’ purchased for ‘The Current’ Marriott Boutique Hotel, Davenport, Iowa, USA

2011-12 ‘A Thread Runs Through It’; series of works on linen for Airdrie Community Health Centre, Airdrie, Scotland

2005 'Wavelengths'; series of external works for Northern Print, North Shields, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

2004 Developed proposal for integrated artworks for Northern Print, North Shields, with Bauman Lyons Architects

2004 Mater Hospital, Belfast; three new works for the Admissions reception area; Arts Council of Northern Ireland with funding from The National Lottery

2001 Mater Hospital, Belfast; series of four large-scale linen wallhangings for the Atrium

1999 C R Mackintosh's 'House for an Art Lover', Glasgow; linen banners for the Music Room, re-creating Margaret MacDonald's original designs; client: Glasgow School of Art

1998 'Innovation Centre', Westlakes Science & Technology Park, Whitehaven, Cumbria; series of seven wallhangings and wool rug (in collaboration with Edinburgh Tapestry Weavers); client: Westlakes Properties Ltd and English Partnerships with Eric Parry Architects

1996 St Joseph's Church, Clarkston, Glasgow, Scotland; altar triptych on velvet

1996 Macmillan Day Centre, Stracathro Hospital, Angus, Scotland; client: Angus NHS Trust

1995 Ayr Hospital, Ayrshire, Scotland; series of sixteen works on linen; client: South Ayrshire NHS Trust

1993 Decorex, Syon Park; upholstery fabric and wallhangings; client: designer Peter Harvey

1992 The Grove Theatre, London; set design for S Rasalingam's production of 'Baby Love' by David Edgar

1992 Dalziell House, Motherwell, Scotland; wallhangings; private client

1991 Cambridge City Crematorium; altar hangings for a new chapel; client: Cambridge City Council, in conjunction with Cambridge City Council Architects and Eastern Arts

1989 National Theatre, London; designed and printed fabrics for costumes for Richard Eyre's Hamlet

S O L O   E X H I B I T I O N S

2002 The Hub, Edinburgh's Festival Centre, in association with The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

S E L E C T E D   G R O U P   E X H I B I T I O N S (excerpt)

2018-20 ‘CTRL/Shift’ with 62 Group of Textile Artists, touring: MAC Birmingham; The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, Lincs; Northern Ireland (venues to be confirmed); 20-21, Scunthorpe, Lincs

2018 ‘Textile Printing International’, Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany

2017 ‘Handmade Edinburgh’, The Hub, Edinburgh

2017 ‘Marks and Tools’ Design Nation showcase, London Craft Week, OXO Tower Gallery

2016 Solo gallery at the Knitting and Stitching Show, Edinburgh

2016 ‘Converge’, Visual Arts Scotland, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2013 Wool House’, for the Campaign for Wool, Somerset House, London

2012 ‘62@50’, 62 Group, Holden Gallery, Manchester

2011‘Textile, Silver, Wood’, Danish Cultural Institute, Edinburgh

2009 ‘Bending the Line’, 62 Group, Hub – National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, Lincolnshire

2009 'Awaken', Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

2008 'Brilliant', Northern Print, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

2007 'Knitting and Stitching Show', 62 Group, Birmingham, London, Dublin & Harrogate

2005 ‘The Artist and Radio 4’, Bankside Gallery, London

200 'Surface, Structure, Shape: Contemporary British Crafts for the Interior', Axis Gallery, Tokyo

2004 'Blue and White Christmas', The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

2004 'Midcentury Modern', Dulwich College, London

2004 'Of Material Concern', 62 Group of Textile Artists, Millennium Galleries, Sheffield

2004 'Wish You Were Here', Crafts Council Shop, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2003 & 2002 ‘Chelsea Crafts Fair’, Crafts Council, Chelsea Town Hall, London

2003 'new formations 3', The Lighthouse, Glasgow

2003 'Very Domesticated!', Dundee Contemporary Arts

2002-03 'Textiles in Context', 62 Group of Textile Artists, Victoria and Albert Museum, London        

2002 'Tablecloths', Galerie Handwerk, Munich, Germany

2002 'Red', 62 Group of Textile Artists, Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery and touring nationwide

2001 'A Collective Response', 62 Group of Textile Artists, Bankfield Museum, Halifax

2000 'Out of the Garden'; 62 Group of Textile Artists, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

2001 'A Collective Response', 62 Group of Textile Artists, Bankfield Museum, Halifax

2000 'Out of the Garden'; 62 Group of Textile Artists, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead                  

1999 'On and Off the Wall', Maidstone Museum & Art Gallery, & City Arts Centre, Edinburgh

1998 '50/50', 62 Group of Textile Artists, Opera House, Tel Aviv, Israel and touring within the UK

1997-1999 'Cross Reference'; Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries and touring nationwide

1997 'The Language of Touch', 62 Group, Collins Gallery, Glasgow & The Shire Hall Gallery, Stafford

1997 'Design for Living', Cambridge Contemporary Art and Marks and Spencer headquarters, London

1996 ‘Chelsea Crafts Fair’, Crafts Council; Chelsea Town Hall, London

1990 'Image and Object: The Avant-Gardes of London', Pompidou Centre, Paris; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto; Axis Gallery, Tokyo and six other cities in Japan

A W A R D S ,   M E M B E R S H I P ,   A N D   P U B L I C A T I O N S / T V

2017 Visual Arts and Craft Award from Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland

2015 Visual Arts and Craft Award from Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland

2010 Craftmaker’s Award from Glasgow Life and Creative Scotland

2005 Professional Development Award from the Scottish Arts Council

2005 Selected by the Crafts Council to participate in trade mission to Japan

2003 Selected for membership to 'design nation'

1998 & 1997 Awards for Individual Development from the Scottish Arts Council

1989 Awarded Crafts Council setting-up grant

1997 Selected for membership to the 62 Group of Textile Artists

1995 Selected by the Crafts Council for inclusion on the 'Index of Selected Makers'

'Textiles Now' by Drusilla Cole, pub. Laurence King, 2008
'Patterns' by Drusilla Cole, pub. Laurence King, 2007
'Buyers Guide to Contemporary British Textiles for the Interior', pub. Crafts Council
'New British Design 1998', by Peta Levi, pub. Mitchell Beazley, 1998
'Time for Design 2 - Good Practice in Building, Landscape and Urban Design', pub. English Partnerships, 1998; 'The New Textiles' by Chloe Colchester, pub. Thames & Hudson, 1991 (as Joanna Gordon)
'Selvedge' (issues 16 & 17); Architectural Digest (Dec. '06)
‘The Herald’ magazine (26.8.06)
‘Homes & Interiors Scotland’ (Aug. '06)
‘Elle Deco’ (May ‘06); ‘Selvedge’ (issue 7)
Wohn Design' (Germany; Jan ‘05)
'Selvedge' (May/June ‘04)
'Homes & Interiors Scotland' (Jan/Feb ‘04)
'Elle Deco' (Jan. ‘04)
'Scotland on Sunday' – mags. (9.11.03 & 29.8.04);
'Telegraph Magazine' (17.1.04)
‘Look North’, BBC1 (8th July 2005)
'The Home Show’, Scottish Television (11th June 1997)

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