Oxford Summer School

Amanda Hislop

Amanda studied woven textiles with painting at West Surrey College of Art and Design 1982-86, followed by a PGCE in visual arts at Bretton Hall University of Leeds 1988-89. Amanda then followed a career teaching art and textiles to GCSE and A level in the independent sector. Redundancy due to the merging of schools allowed Amanda to change direction and follow her passion for making and teaching, through freelance work at various venues including Ardington School of Crafts, Art Van Go, and Oxford Summer School.

Amanda has an enthusiasm for colour and texture. A degree in Woven Textiles with painting developed an intuitive understanding and response to the tactile nature of textile materials. She has developed a way of working which gives freedom beyond the restraints of woven fabric, using threads to draw images and integrate texture into the surface of fabric and paper; through exploration she found a way to combine the drawn and painted mark with the tactile qualities of thread and cloth. Amanda captures the essence of the landscape and natural forms which influence her work. Through drawing she records a sense of the moment, capturing fleeting fragments of land sea sky and trees, observed, and absorbed as she walks, looking at the familiar, seeing the extraordinary, responding to the subtle changes of view in the rhythmic motion of walking. She explores the evocative moods of seasonal change and atmospheric qualities of light and changing weather. The scale of her work ranges from large individual hangings to small wall mounted panels and framed textile artworks. Amanda welcomes invitations to give talks and workshops.

Amanda exhibits work with Prism textile group and venues in Oxfordshire with Oxfordshire Craft Guild. An established tutor with more than 30 years’ experience in teaching, delivering relaxed creative workshops. Her book Stitched Textiles: Seascapes published by Search Press in 2019 details her working practice and deep love of the sea.

Course Title Tutor Start Date Days Cost
In a landscape, what if… Amanda Hislop Mon 8th Aug 5 £260

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