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Textiles / Staffordshire

Michelle Holmes trained in Stitched Textiles at Loughborough University.

Wall-hangings and framed pieces are the main focus of her work. Machine embroidered line drawings of figures are her particular interest. She incorporates these into landscapes and seascapes made up of patterns. She draws inspiration from the countryside around her and from travels to the coast in Britain and Europe. Working with the medium of natural fabrics enables her to explore her interest in surface qualities. Through hand stitching, beading and appliqué she translates her impressions of what she sees. The pieces have a unique meditative quality.

Her work is in various private collections and the public collections at the Bankfield Museum, Halifax and the Platt Hall Museum of Costume and Textiles, Manchester. She has exhibited work in the UK, Germany and the USA. In 1994, she won the Best New Exhibitor Prize at the prestigious Chelsea Craft Fair and the Carroll Foundation Award. Her work is featured in numerous publications and she has designed a range of cards and a magazine cover for Neiman Marcus USA, together with bed linen for Habitat. She also has a selection of work permanently on show at The Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool and “Soma”, Bristol.

Most recently, Michelle has completed a commission for P&O, designing and making two large hangings for the central staircase of the new cruise ship “Arcadia”. She also designed and made awards for the “Enjoy England Excellence Awards” in the East Midlands.