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Linda Barlow is a textile artist based in Shropshire. After completing a Foundation course at Bolton College of Art and Design she turned down a place at Brighton in favour of cycling round Europe. Several more years of traveling followed. Textiles and drawing have always been an important part of her life, as has being by the sea. Despite living in landlocked Shropshire she takes every opportunity to escape alone and walk the coast paths of Cornwall.
My work is often autobiographical and considers the changing social position of women in contemporary society. I am drawn to quilt making with its slow, repetitive rhythms and the fact that, historically, it has existed outside conventional art practice and as such has been the unrestricted voice of women.
Humour is an important element in my work. I believe humour is a great starting point and provides accessibility into themes and ideas, which are often challenging. Having a strong graphic image also draws people in and provides an immediate impact. However on closer inspection, there are lots of hidden layers and symbolic meanings hidden within the work. I find quilting patterns the an ideal way of adding meaning – the quilting of a piece is often overlooked unless you are a quilter yourself, for example in the piece "Elemental" a look at emotion, which at first appears as just blocks of colour, closer inspection reveals 72 hands making rude gestures. (I was quite angry when I made it. I'm fine now!)
I recently completed an MA in Textiles at Manchester Metropolitan University, during which I experimented with transferring textile imagery to animation. I felt I wanted to say more than I could in the single image of a quilt.
This resulted in two short films, "Housewife" which looks at the darker side of domesticity, and "Artist Mother" an exploration of the difficulties in juggling making art with bringing up children.
Contact me through my website: www.lindabarlow.co.uk, or email .