LISA ANDREWS

Fine Artist.

I studied Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University, graduating in 2001 with a First Class Honours. Previous to this, I had spent eight years at home, as a mother and housewife, raising two daughters to primary school age. I think that this experience was of prime importance and notably influenced my work.

In 2001 I undertook a Masters Degree in Fine Art and began to make work that examined the role of the mass media. I was interested in how public and private spheres collided and how the domestic space, rather than being a place of safety and refuge, had become a place where you were shunted into the position of witness and exposed to the violence of the world.

On completion of the MA, I was asked to teach on the Art History seminar programme at Manchester Metropolitan University. This led to many interesting debates with students and helped me to remain current in my field of research. During this time, I found studio space to work in and I spent time creating work that examined themes of violence and political power. I exhibited work nationally and published articles in Embroidery magazine. 

In 2002, I began lecturing at the University of Bolton on the BA (hons) in Textile/Surface Design. I was responsible for delivering the stitch element of the course, as well as teaching fundamental skills in art and design, including drawing, colour theory and critical research. My time as a lecturer was very rewarding and also challenging, but it left little time to pursue my own creative direction. I made the decision to leave teaching in 2012 so that I could focus on my own practice. 

 

After a period of ill health, I have started to create work which explores the 'semantic vocation' of materials and examines the allegorical potential of cloth. 

Education

MA Fine Art

Manchester Metropolitan University.

2001-2002


BA (hons) Embroidery First Class

Manchester Metropolitan University.

September 1998 - July 2001

Articles published

''William Morris: Ministering to the swinish luxury of the rich.''

Embroidery, November 2004


''School Shirts and Pyjamas.'' 

Embroidery, May 2002

'Technology and Textiles.''

Conference Papers: Textiles: What is critical? Whitworth Art Gallery, 2002

Exhibitions

2003

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery : Conflict

Blue Elephant Gallery, Camberwell : Threads 

2002

Cornerhouse, Manchester: Reverb

Beatrice Royal Gallery, Hampshire: Funny Ha Ha/ Beautiful and Unique

2001

Alexandra Palace, London: Graduate Showcase, Knitting and Stitch show

Business Design Centre, London: Fresh Art 

Tullie House, Carlisle : Hatch, Match and Dispatch

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester: Rites of Passage

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