City Lit Gallery is pleased to present the work of 19 students of City Lit Advanced Textiles. The exhibition brings together students past and present and displays the breadth of skills these learners develop both during and after their course, City Lit Advanced Textiles.


Current students: Kate Beale, Rachel Gillard-Jones, Nina Gross, Karina Micallef Haake, Kathryn Hollingsworth, Julie Sellwood, Ceridwen Sooke, Annika Strandberg, Gill Swanson, Patti Taylor, Maxine Thomas, Veronica Thornton, Yvonne Watts

Past students: Saarah el-Bushra, Yvonne Blackmore, Karen Byrne, Shirley Hunter, Sue McKay, Chantal Vouillemin

Kate Beale @kate_beale_

Title: Silk organza 3D form
Materials: silk organza, landscape dyes
Techniques: folded, clamped and stitched resist Shibori dyeing
Although having long used Shibori dyeing techniques in her practice, Kate hasonly recently discovered the wonderfully structural potential of silk organza using these techniques. By folding, clamping and densely pleating the organza, then dyeing it in successive dye baths, she explores the potential effects achieved through the layering of colours, and of creating 3D forms.

By Kate Beale


Rachel Gillard-Jones @rachelgillardjones

Austerity or Opulence
Materials: cotton, silk, synthetic and unconventional threads and beads on cotton, linen and silk or recycled clothing.
Techniques: hand stitch including “chicken scratch”; embellishment and fabric manipulation

Rachel uses form with stitch, embellishment and fabric manipulation to explore the themes of contrast and constraint. For this piece Austerity or Opulence, Rachel was interested in researching and practising traditional sewing techniques; and using materials appropriate to these concepts.

Nina Gross @ninagrossartist

Missing work in progress)
Materials: silk organza, enamel
Techniques: dye and hand embroidery

This piece explores the shifting nature of memory, with each cloth depicting a day that Nina’s sister was missing. Layering is an important process – providing a conceptual language for representing hiding, covering, eroding, repressing and revealing. Memories can feel concrete and fixed but at other times remote and intangible.

Ceridwen Sooke @ceridwencrazyaboutcolour

A Personal Journey

Materials and techniques: wool yarns/ felting/ wire/ stiffened organza/ heat set organza/ wrapped threads/ embroidered threads/ machine embroidery Ceridwen’s work explores close up details of plants in the landscape in order to create new forms. The work is based on her drawings and paintings. Her interest lies in constructing forms that come from the transformation of fragile materials into stronger ones using a variety of techniques and playing with contrasts of light and dark tones and unnatural high colour.

By Ceridwen Sooke


Patti Taylor @patti.taylor44

Materials: include fabric canvas, sacking, linen, paper, tissue, vintage threads, cotton and linen yarn, acrylic paint, oak gall and Indian inks
Techniques: machine and hand stitch, image transfer, collage, print and paint; single page book binding

This book reflects the centuries of impact natural forces have brought to bear on the Humberside coastline at Spurn Head. Generations of families eked a harsh existence from often short-lived economically viable activities, each dependent on the sea and each ultimately destroyed by it, leaving redundant ruins and heartrending narratives.

Maxine Thomas @maxinehthomas

Materials: silk cloth, natural dye, mordants and modifiers, acrylic fabric stiffener, threads Techniques: natural dying, steam manipulation of cloth, stitch, burning

Exploring the archetypal image of the ‘crone’ in myths, legends and fairy tales and where they intersect, unconscious alchemical symbols, led Maxine to experiment with the creation, destruction and transformation of cloth. White silk was coloured using Logwood, with changes in colour resulting from the use of different mordants and modifiers. Spherical forms took shape through steam manipulation and the use of burning and stitch destroyed and transformed them.

By Maxine Thomas

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Featured image by Rachel Gillard-Jones