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Michelle House

Hometown: London

Based in: London

Michelle House is a London based artist with a strong graphic eye and a talent for bold uplifting colour combinations. Michelle gained a BA degree in art textiles from Goldsmiths College, London and later went on to study digital fine art.

Using screen-printing, hand-cut stencils, photography and painting, she layers dyes and pigments on to combinations of natural fabrics. This results in colourful and unique artworks that incorporate her photographs of found patterns, geometry and abstracted urban architecture. Often using texture to hint at the surfaces within architecture, materials such as linen, cotton, wool and silk, are skilfully pieced together in combinations as wall-hangings and artworks stretched over wooden frames.

Alongside printing and painting abstract textile artworks, Michelle designs limited edition giclée prints on paper (incorporating her drawings and photography in the form of digital original artworks) and collage artworks made using textiles, print and paper.

She has been working with textiles and print for over twenty years creating artworks for exhibitions and commissions. However, her love of textiles was instilled at an early age. As a child she would regularly watch her mother cutting and sewing fabric, creating items of clothing, including costumes for school plays, her sister’s ballet tutus and school uniforms, along with curtains and cushions for the home.

Past clients include hospitals, hotels and more recently two large artworks for The British Academy's art collection.

 



Michelle House In The Studio

Michelle working in her London studio measuring up stencils ready for printing and with shelves of pigments and dyes behind her. Hand-printed works in progress on the print table. When the print sections are finished, Michelle meticulously stitches them together and linings are hand stitched on the back of the wall-hangings in what is a very time consuming process.

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More About Michelle House

Question IconWhat inspires you?

Colour is a big inspiration, the texture and pattern in textiles, especially printed textiles, vintage fabrics, tapestry and weaving, and modern architecture. I also love graphics and contemporary crafts like jewellery design and ceramics. When I have the chance I love going to see contemporary dance, an art form that I find incredibly inspiring.

Question IconWhat are 3 words that best describe your work?

colourful, abstract and graphic

Question IconWhat is the most important tool when creating your work?

I love my squeegees, they're tools used for pulling ink across a screen when screen-printing

Question IconWhere do you go for inspiration?

I love walking, whether that's around London taking in the ever changing architecture of the city which is in a constant state of flux and visiting the many galleries, or walking the hills of Surrey or Exmoor for big sky views and nature. I'm a keen swimmer and meditator and find both helpful in clearing my mind of clutter, ideas often follow .


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Credentials

Education

Tower Hamlets College

United Kingdom, 2002

Goldsmiths College, London

United Kingdom, 1992

Southampton Institute of Higher Education

United Kingdom, 1989

Awards

The Crafts Council - Setting Up Grant

1996

Exhibitions

Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Craft and Design

United Kingdom, 2021

Focus 21 with Contemporary Applied Arts at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour, part of London Design Festival

United Kingdom, 2021

20 Makers 20 Objects (online)

United Kingdom, 2020

The Future of Craft

United Kingdom, 2019

Construct

United Kingdom, 2019

Weave It

United Kingdom, 2019

Royal West of England Academy (RWA) 167 Open Exhibition

United Kingdom, 2019

London Craftweek

United Kingdom, 2018

International Textile Printing

Germany, 2018

Present and Collect

United Kingdom, 2018

Colour Theory

United Kingdom, 2018

Marks and Tools

United Kingdom, 2017

Making in Colour

United Kingdom, 2016

Making Space

United Kingdom, 2016

The Crafted City

United Kingdom, 2015

British Textile Art: 62 @ 50

Japan, 2014

Contemporary Print Fair

United Kingdom, 2013

Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Craft and Design

United Kingdom, 2012

Folkestone Triennial

United Kingdom, 2011

The Dulwich Picture Gallery : Bicentenary Exhibition

United Kingdom, 2011

Bending More Lines

Netherlands, 2010

A Living Space: Curated by Kit Kemp

United Kingdom, 2010

Tes's Up

United Kingdom, 2008

Of Material Concern

United Kingdom, 2004

New Work: Michelle House (at Bankfield Museum)

United Kingdom, 2002

Red

United Kingdom, 2002

SOFA (Chicago)

United States of America, 2001

Making an Impression

United Kingdom, 2001

Out of the Garden

United Kingdom, 2000

Two Woman Show: Textiles and Photography

Poland, 2000

Textile Focus

United Kingdom, 1999

Contemporary Textile Show (Contemporary Arts Society Projects)

United Kingdom, 1998

Decorative Arts Today (Bonhams)

United Kingdom, 1998

Makers Choice (Visual Arts Trust)

United Kingdom, 1998

Press

Something From Nothing, Jhy Turley

2017

Thirty for Thirty, (Buro Four)

2015

Radical Thread: 1962-2012, Lesley Millar

2012

Of Material Concern, catalogue, The 62 Group

2004

Dying and Screen-printing on Textiles, Johanna Kinnersly-Taylor

2003

Crafts (reviews)

2002

Red, catalogue, The 62 Group

2002

Financial Times, Weekend (How to Spend it)

2002

Telegraph Magazine (Directory, Image Conscious))

2001

Crafts (Commissions feature)

1999

IDFX, (Screen Play)

1999

New British Design 1998, Peta Levi (Mitchell Beazley)

1998

Crafts (Lookout feature)

1997