Final Piece: Alice Kettle

Mythscapes | Alice Kettle

Alice Kettle is a contemporary textile/fibre artist based in the UK. Her stitched works, mostly the size of huge figurative tapestries, utilise the textures and effects made possible through machine stitching. She is currently a Professor in Textile Arts in MIRIAD Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her work is represented in various public collections such as the Crafts Council London, the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, the Museo Internationale delle Arti Applicate Oggi, Turin, Italy. Her show ‘Mythscapes’ hosted by the Bankfield Museum in Halifax toured the UK between January 2003 until the end of 2005. This show is based on Homer’s ‘Odyssey’ and was supported by the Arts Council of Great Britain. It brings together several themes that have appeared through Kettle’s embroideries over the years. Alice’s works reflect her affection for modern Greece. Some of her popular works that are being displayed at the exhibition include The Odyssey, Lotus-Eaters, Bag of Winds, Scylla and Charybdis, and Rite of Passage. I love the layers she builds up on the fabric, using precise machine stitching to depict faces and landscapes. I want to use the repetitive stitch that Kettle uses in my final piece to draw around areas I want to stand out.

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