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Becky Howson is a textile artist and designer specialising in printed and embroidered textiles, based in Birmingham, UK.
I begin projects with a series of observational studies by drawing, painting and photography. I am keen to combine traditional textile techniques with new technologies. I do this by taking hand drawn elements and/or photographic imagery and then develop unique responses through sampling, using a variety of textile techniques.
Screen printing, hand embroidery, machine embroidery, appliqué, computer aided design and digital printing are all techniques I employ to resolve ideas. I will decide which combination of the techniques to use for each individual piece.
I develop imagery by celebrating everyday objects that may be taken for granted such as an old pair of shoes or a well-worn handbag. These objects can be functional household objects that may not have many decorative elements but by drawing upon the use of drawing, printing and embroidery methodologies, the finished outcome is an illustrative response with a whimsical, fun outcome.
The processes that I employ to complete work are versatile and can be applied to canvases, garments and accessories. This enables me to make a unique visual response to the objects that surround us in everyday life.
I have developed my aesthetic through completing a degree in Textile Design at the University of Derby, followed by further research into the role of traditional textile techniques and new technologies at Nottingham Trent University, with a Masters in Fashion and Textiles.
I divide my time between my own professional practice and teaching various Art and Design disciplines at Further Education level and Higher Education as an Associate Lecturer in Textiles at the University in Derby. This is an exciting way to pass on knowledge and to explore and experiment. I think the two balance each other out and help to generate new ideas and techniques.
Contact me via my website www.beckyhowson.com